48 Facts About Hilary Swank


Hilary Ann Swank was born on July 30,1974 and is an American actress and film producer.


Hilary Swank first became known in 1992 for her role on the television series Camp Wilder and made her film debut with a minor role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Hilary Swank then had her breakthrough for starring as Julie Pierce in The Next Karate Kid, the fourth installment of The Karate Kid franchise, and as Carly Reynolds on the eighth season of Beverly Hills, 90210.


Hilary Swank was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005.


Hilary Swank later ventured into producing with the films Amelia, Conviction, You're Not You, and What They Had, in all of which she starred.


Hilary Swank was born on July 30,1974, in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Hilary Swank's mother, Judy Kay, was a secretary and dancer, and her father, Stephen Michael Swank, was a Chief Master Sergeant in the Oregon Air National Guard and later a traveling salesman.

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Hilary Swank's maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Clough, was born in El Centro, California, and was of Mexican descent.


Hilary Swank's paternal grandmother was born in England; her other ancestry includes Dutch, German, Ulster-Scots, Scottish, Swiss, and Welsh.


Hilary Swank attended Happy Valley Elementary School, Fairhaven Middle School, then Sehome High School in Bellingham until she was 16.


Hilary Swank competed in the Junior Olympics and the Washington state championships in swimming, and she ranked fifth in the state in all-around gymnastics.


Hilary Swank made her first appearance on stage when she was nine years old, starring in The Jungle Book.


When she was 15, her parents separated, and her mother, supportive of her daughter's desire to act, moved with her to Los Angeles, where they lived in their car until Hilary Swank's mother saved enough money to rent an apartment.


Hilary Swank has called her mother the inspiration for her acting career and her life.


In California, Hilary Swank enrolled in South Pasadena High School, later dropping out.


Hilary Swank made her film debut in the 1992 comedy horror film Buffy the Vampire Slayer, playing a supporting role, after which she acted in the direct-to-video drama Quiet Days in Hollywood, where she co-starred with Chad Lowe, who became her husband for a time.


Hilary Swank's first leading film role was in the fourth installment of the Karate Kid series, The Next Karate Kid as Julie Pierce.


In September 1997, Hilary Swank played single mother Carly Reynolds in Beverly Hills, 90210 and was initially promised it would be a two-year role, but saw her character written out after 16 episodes in January 1998.


Hilary Swank earned only $75 per day for her work on the film, culminating in a total of $3,000.


Hilary Swank's earnings were so low that she had not even earned enough to qualify for health insurance.


James Berardinelli wrote at the time that Hilary Swank "gives the performance of her career".


Hilary Swank's work earned her several accolades, including the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actress.


In 2006, Hilary Swank signed a three-year contract with Guerlain to be the face of the women's fragrance Insolence.


Hilary Swank received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the motion picture category on January 8,2007; it was the 2,325th star presented.


In 2007, Hilary Swank starred in Freedom Writers, about a real-life teacher, Erin Gruwell.

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Hilary Swank next starred in the horror film The Reaping, as a debunker of religious phenomena.


Hilary Swank convinced the producers to move the film's setting from New England to the Deep South, and the film was filmed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when Hurricane Katrina struck.


Hilary Swank portrayed the pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart in the 2009 biopic Amelia, which she co-executive produced through 2S Films, a production company she established with producer Molly Smith.


In 2012, Hilary Swank's audiobook recording of Caroline Knapp's Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs was released at Audible.


In 2014, Hilary Swank played the lead role of Kate Parker, a woman whose life is shattered when she develops the degenerative disease ALS, in You're Not You.


In 2018, Hilary Swank starred in and executive produced the Alzheimer's disease drama film What They Had, directed by Elizabeth Chomko.


Hilary Swank was reported to star as Laura Murphy in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's drama series The One Percent.


In July 2019, Hilary Swank was cast in the thriller film The Hunt, opposite Betty Gilpin.


In September 2020, Hilary Swank portrayed Emma, an astronaut, in the Netflix science drama series Away, which was canceled after one season.


For both The Hunt and Away, Hilary Swank earned a total of three nominations at the 2021 Critics' Choice Super Awards.


On October 18,2016, Hilary Swank announced that she is launching a luxury clothing line, Mission Statement.


In July 2007, hair product brand Pantene, in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Women's Cancer Research Fund, signed Hilary Swank to represent Pantene Beautiful Lengths charity campaign in 2008.


Hilary Swank participated in Pantene's Million Inch Chain program by cutting her hair and donating it.


Hilary Swank hosted and co-produced a two-hour television special, Fox's Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Special, which aired on Thanksgiving night in 2014.


In 2015, Hilary Swank founded a nonprofit organization, the Hilaroo Foundation, which aims to bring at-risk teenagers and rescue dogs together in the hope that the two can heal each other.


Hilary Swank was inspired to create the foundation after rescuing a dog called Karoo in South Africa.


Hilary Swank referred to such discussions emphasizing the looks of women in Hollywood as doing a "disservice".


In October 2011, Hilary Swank attracted controversy for attending an event in Chechnya's capital Grozny on the 35th birthday of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov on October 5.


Hilary Swank donated her personal appearance fees "to various charitable organizations".


Hilary Swank has been good friends with actress Mariska Hargitay after meeting on the set of television series ER.

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In 2007, Hilary Swank began dating her agent, John Campisi, but they ended their relationship in May 2012.


On March 22,2016, Hilary Swank announced her engagement to Ruben Torres, a financial advisor with UBS and former professional tennis player.


In June 2016, Hilary Swank's representative confirmed that Torres and she had ended their engagement.