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Swank leaves the acting to others

Hilary Swank looks radiant as she enters a Santa Monica hotel suite, decked out in a Versace black-andwhite top, black hot pants and red Christian Louboutin stilettos.

The two-time Oscar winner is making herself stylishly available to promote the relationship comedy Something Borrowed, opening Friday. Swank, 36, served as the movie’s producer rather than one of its stars.

Based on the bestselling Emily Giffin novel, Something Borrowed features Kate Hudson as Darcy, a narcissist who exploits those around her. Complications develop when Darcy’s best friend Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) drinks too much on her 30th birthday and sleeps with Darcy’s fiancé Dex (Colin Egglesfield). It doesn’t matter that Rachel and Dex were law school colleagues who had secret crushes on each other. They are racked with guilt as Darcy and Dex prepare for their wedding day even as Darcy confesses to Rachel a secret of her own.

Swank enjoyed the book and decided to make it her first movie under the banner of her new production company, 2S Films, with partner Molly Mickler Smith. She also bought the film rights to the second novel, Something Blue.

Swank’s acting career isn’t on hold exactly, but she admits that performing isn’t a priority after a string of films, including last fall’s much admired Conviction, in which she played a determined sister who became a lawyer to help free her imprisoned brother (Sam Rockwell).

Postmedia News caught up with Swank recently to talk about her new film and why she chose to produce rather than act.

Q: Would you agree that the characters in Something Borrowed are not always kind?
A: What I like the most is that the story is complex and it’s messy. To me, that’s what life is.

Q: You didn’t see a role for yourself?
A: We didn’t start a production company just for vehicles for me to act in. We want to be able to tell great stories that we love and that move us.

Q: Did you think the usually adorable Hudson would be able to play a person so self-centred?
A: I don’t think she gets as much opportunity to do drama as she does comedy, but I think Kate has the chops to do both.

Q: As producer, were you tough enough?
A: I can definitely be tough. That’s not new. I’ve fought for everything that I’ve believed in my whole life.

Q: How so?
A: Nothing has ever come easy to me, and in a lot of ways, I appreciate that. It’s made me really grateful.

Q: Most pundits predicted Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell would get Oscar nominations for the sister-brother portrayals in Conviction, but you were shut out. Do you have any lingering resentment?
A: I have to say I was really disappointed about Sam not getting nominated (for supporting actor). I think Sam was due.

Q: And what about you?
A: I have two (best actress Oscars for roles in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby), so I can’t complain.

Q: Any other Swank movies on the horizon, besides the all-star romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, arriving in theatres at Christmas?
A: No. And I’ll take a year off if I don’t find something. I’m not in any rush to work just for the sake of working.

Q: In honour of Mother’s Day, what is the best advice your mother gave you?
A: Always be yourself. And, always wear red stilettos to your press interviews.