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.— Hilary Swank
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This is my one and only life and it's a great and terrible and short and endless thing and none of us come out of it alive.
I grew up in a trailer park in Bellingham, Washington.
I had teachers who I could tell didn't want to be there.
And I just couldn't get inspired by someone who didn't want to be there.
I don't think people should have boundaries put on them, by themselves or society or another gender, because it's our birthright to experience life in whatever way we feel best suits us.
You can change your fate. You can sit back, or you can go after your life and all that you want it to be.
You only have one life and if you're not doing what you love, what's the point?
Few people know this about me, but I love baking pies.
I look back and I look at all the opportunities that I've had to work really hard and really challenge myself, and I like to do things that scare me. I like to do things that I don't know if I'm going to be able to do. I need the help of talented people around me. I love that it's a collaboration.
I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen.
It's how you look at beauty. Is it only an outward appearance with hair and makeup and a hot body, or is it something deeper than that?
I bring my dogs on set with me, and my little dog Karoo is smart as a whip.
She knows where the craft-services food tables are, so anytime I can't find her, I know she has found her way to that area. She's a funny dog.
My relaxation has always been my animals - going to the dog park with them, going to the beach.
Oh, the Places You'll Go!,' by Dr. Seuss, is still one of my favorite books ever.
To me, working out is literally like eating a meal or drinking water or breathing.
As long as we dare to dream and don't get in the way of ourselves, anything is possible - there's truly no end to where our dreams can take us.
There's so much more to life than looking a certain way.
I am a competitive person with myself.
I always find new goals to achieve, new challenges to breakthrough, and I try and do something new every day. And I'm highly competitive with myself.
I think writing letters is a lost art, but nowadays it's something that means even more, because it's so easy to communicate in so many different ways. But I find a love letter can even be a little post-it note stuck in your pocket, with a sentence or a few words.
I haven't tucked a sock in my pants for three years.
Learning how to fly, for me, was so euphoric.
I had to fight my whole life to break out of my circumstances. That's just part of my makeup.
All you have to remember is 'audition' is synonymous with 'opportunity.
I mean, if you absolutely hate auditioning, do you also hate opportunities? That wouldn't make much sense.
One thing I've learned: You never know where life is taking you, but it's taking you.
I think we have a choice every single day in how we want to live our life.
You wake up and you make your choice of what you want to do with your day that's going to help you achieve your dream.
I'm always looking for opportunities, even when they're not offered to me.
I will have no hesitation to pick up the phone and call a director or call a writer.
As a producer, you really have - you're able to hand-pick all the talent that you want to be surrounded with.
The idea of playing a character for even two years, to me feels claustrophobic - only because I want to play a lot of different people.
There's so much I want to do as an actor.
I feel like there's so much more that I want to achieve and that I can achieve.
Sometimes you have to get to the heart of a character through your heart.
Your own heart. And it's what makes us similar and what makes us different.
One of the great things about my job is I get to do all of these things that I may not experience had I not been an actor.
I wouldn't change my past for anything, because I think it's made me who I am.
I'm so enormously grateful for all that I have in my life.
I feel like I've had a really great intense relationship with every single Director I've ever worked with. I can't say there's one that hasn't been deep and profound in its own way.
I ended up dropping out of high school.
I'm a high school dropout, which I'm not proud to say, ... I had some teachers that I still think of fondly and were amazing to me. But I had other teachers who said, 'You know what? This dream of yours is a hobby. When are you going to give it up?' I had teachers who I could tell didn't want to be there. And I just couldn't get inspired by someone who didn't want to be there
I think about how I'm spending my money, and I like to spend on my family.
I stopped trying to chase the perfect place to be, and realized the perfect place is with your loved ones and your closest friends, around the dinner table, over a good meal, talking about the past year and the year to come and things that you want to change in your life. You hear their stories and talk about things you'd like to see happen in the world. That's what we do.
Growing up in a lower-income family, you don't have the resources to make ends meet and you have to find creative ways to get by.
Making a movie is you're really only as good as your weakest link, so when everyone's working at their best and it actually comes together, it's an extraordinary thing because it doesn't always.
I really enjoy playing with someone else and whether it's chess or tennis or games, I love card games. I love that, but I think there's something so important to gain from winning and losing and learning how to lose and how you can be better from that.
I pretty much have made a career out of playing real life people.
I wake up so full of life and feeling so alive and so full of joy when I get to go to a set and tell a story. I just - I couldn't imagine not having that, and what a gift it's been in my life.
When I was a swimmer and I would lose a heat in something I was doing whether it backstroke or breaststroke, were two of my most strongest strokes, I would look at how whoever it was that won and beat me and think, "What did they do? What were... What were the qualities that they had that I can incorporate into my swimming to make me better?"
I'm a risk-taker. It's where my passion lies, so I don't want to play it safe. That means I'm going to fail sometimes.
When I stopped wanting my New Year's Eve to be perfect, to bring in the New Year right, is when it started working out right. When I was young, I was always looking for the best party to be at, to ring in the New Year, and I always ended up in the car going, "Happy New Year."
If there's someone that I just wan to work with in the future, I set a general meeting and I say, "I'm a really big fan. I want to meet you. I'd love to collaborate with you someday and hopefully you'll remember that for the next time you have something that I could be right for."
I think that we're all continually searching for who we are, and that's ever-evolving and changing.
New Yorkers have this special spot in Central Park, where they do this 5K run, the minute the clock strikes twelve. I ran once, and I'll never do that again, either. But, it's awesome to watch those people run. It's such a great environment and place to be.
I'm certainly not very book smart, but I started traveling at 16, and it has enriched me in ways I could never begin to explain.
I don't believe in the death penalty.
I believe that there are other people as we speak right now in prison, wrongfully accused, who could serve such a fate. That is injustice at its greatest.
I love my job, I love being an actor and stepping into the shoes of different characters and exploring their lives. It's enriched my life extremely. I've learned more about myself and the ways of life through being an actor.