There are probably plenty of reasons as to why Hilary Swank doesn’t fit the mold of the conventional celebrity babe, but considering the fact that she is one of the best dramatic actresses of her generation, we’re willing to let a few bad feelings slide. It’s not like she isn’t gorgeous either, because she is (especially that killer smile), but she has a tendency to appear a little below standards when portraying her complex characters on screen. Born in 1974 in a small town within the state of Washington, Hilary grew up spending a lot of her time exceeding at sports, including swimming in the Junior Olympics and placing fifth in her state’s annual gymnastics competition. Even though she was a pretty good athlete, Hilary’s strong aspirations to become an actress finally compelled her to move to L.A. at only sixteen-years-old.
In only two years time, Hilary was already receiving steady supporting cast work on feature films, and in 1994, she was finally given her big chance to shine in the “The Next Karate Kid.” While the film did reasonable at the box office, Hilary’s fifteen minutes of fame faded, and she quickly returned to a career filled with minor film roles and television guest spots. It took five years for Hilary to return to the limelight, but she came back with a bang when the independent feature “Boys Don’t Cry” hit the festival circuits, earning Hilary worldwide critical acclaim and a bookshelf of awards. Hilary continued to thrive on the big screen with roles opposite Hollywood heavyweights like Robin Williams and Al Pacino, and in late 2004, she repeated her critical success with the release of the soon-to-be Clint Eastwood classic, “Million Dollar Baby.” Hilary is the kind of actress that is already deriving comparisons to women like Meryl Streep, and there’s no doubt that she will continue to thrive, and perhaps surpass even Streep herself, as one of the best actresses in the industry.
Hilary Swank on the Web
An actor biography page with a great selection of movie stills and red carpet photos.
An online database of Hilary's TV and film career.
TV Guide: Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank Videos, Interviews and More on TV Guide's Online Video Guide
Thank You Lord, Hillary Swank is Single Again
An Esquire article on Hilary's recent divorce.
Wondrous Hilary Swank
An incredible fan page with access to photo galleries, article archives and media downloads.
Hilary Swank Fan
Another impressive fan site complete with updated news, magazine appearances and more.
Hilary Swank on the Screen
Hilary made her film debut as one of the cheerleader friends in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" before getting her own starring role in "The Next Karate Kid." Following her sudden exposure from the film, Hilary was quickly cast by Aaron Spelling in the high school soap opera "Beverly Hills, 90201," but the young actress lasted only one year before getting the axe. After taking a number of years off to concentrate on her acting, Hilary finally resurfaced as the main character of the socially reforming and award-winning "Boys Don't Cry." Since then, Hilary has easily slid into the role of Hollywood starlet, appearing in many films including "The Core," "Insomnia" and Clint Eastwood's most recent masterpiece, "Million Dollar Baby."
Hilary isn't one of the hardest working actresses in the business, but she certainly does a good job of selecting her scripts. Her upcoming projects include the horror thriller "The Reaping," the romantic comedy "P.S., I Love You," and "Labyrinth." She can currently be seen in the real-life teacher Erin Gruwell in the MTV Films-produced "Freedom Writers."
"The truth is, after 'Boys Don't Cry,' I realized how few and far between the great roles are. I am beyond thankful for finding 'Million Dollar Baby'."
"I guess I'm just not in it for the celebrity of it. I'm in it because I love it."