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77 Awesome Hilary Swank Quotes

Famous As: Best Known for Her Role as ‘Brandon Teena’, a Transgender Man, in the Movie ‘Boys Don't Cry’
Born On: July 30, 1974
Born In: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Age: 48 Years

Despite minor roles and humble beginnings, Hilary Swank stands tall as one among the most successful actresses in the world today. Swank longed to become an actress since she was a child and was encouraged by her mother to take the first step. With a slow start in television, Swank slowly rose up the ladder with hard work and determination. After earning several coveted awards, she began working with big production houses and popular directors, thus making an even bigger name for herself. She has to her credit several award-winning, commercially successful movies. Her words are often the source of inspiration to many young girls and teens who dream of becoming a successful actress. We have compiled her quotes from her interviews, talk shows, articles, and documentaries. Let’s take a look at her quotes on family, love, life, films, money, and makeup.

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?

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?

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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 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.

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It's something that you have to experience in your life, but I think my first kiss, I was 7 and it was really yucky.

It's something that you have to experience in your life, but I think my first kiss, I was 7 and it was really yucky.

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There's so much more to life than looking a certain way.

There's so much more to life than looking a certain way.

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I love to travel. I'm a curious person.

I love to travel. I'm a curious person.

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I think about how I'm spending my money, and I like to spend on my family.

I think about how I'm spending my money, and I like to spend on my family.

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Learning how to fly, for me, was so euphoric.

Learning how to fly, for me, was so euphoric.

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I’m always scared to death that I won’t do a role justice. But fear can be a great motivator.

I’m always scared to death that I won’t do a role justice. But fear can be a great motivator.

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You're always going to make mistakes. That's life. You just want to grow from them and try to make as few as possible. That's why you do reach out and ask people for help, where needed.

You're always going to make mistakes. That's life. You just want to grow from them and try to make as few as possible. That's why you do reach out and ask people for help, where needed.

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I believe in talent, and you believe in who you cast and help them go the distance.

I believe in talent, and you believe in who you cast and help them go the distance.

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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.

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.

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I'm very glad that [the death penalty] hasn't existed for many years in the U.K.

I'm very glad that [the death penalty] hasn't existed for many years in the U.K.

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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.

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.

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As a producer, you really have - you're able to hand-pick all the talent that you want to be surrounded with.

As a producer, you really have - you're able to hand-pick all the talent that you want to be surrounded with.

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As a performer, I don't like to play the same thing over and over. I like to play it and let it go and move on. That's also why television hasn't really been something that I've done.

As a performer, I don't like to play the same thing over and over. I like to play it and let it go and move on. That's also why television hasn't really been something that I've done.

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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.

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.

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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 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.

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It's give-and-take and back-and-forth, that constantly allows you to grow as an artist and as a human being.

It's give-and-take and back-and-forth, that constantly allows you to grow as an artist and as a human being.

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What I love about making movies is that it's a collaboration. It's one of the most rewarding things, to create something and have someone show you something that you didn't see, and vice versa.

What I love about making movies is that it's a collaboration. It's one of the most rewarding things, to create something and have someone show you something that you didn't see, and vice versa.

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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 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.

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I think what's great about that relationship between an actor and a Director is you have to really blow away all your thing, the safety things that you put up.

I think what's great about that relationship between an actor and a Director is you have to really blow away all your thing, the safety things that you put up.

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I pretty much have made a career out of playing real life people.

I pretty much have made a career out of playing real life people.

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I haven't tucked a sock in my pants for three years.

I haven't tucked a sock in my pants for three years.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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One thing I've learned: You never know where life is taking you, but it's taking you.

One thing I've learned: You never know where life is taking you, but it's taking you.

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I cut coupons, love specials and believe in buying toilet paper and toothpaste in bulk. It's just who I am.

I cut coupons, love specials and believe in buying toilet paper and toothpaste in bulk. It's just who I am.

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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'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.

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You have to be precisely in the moment in order to box. And I just love that. I just love the idea of right now we're here, be here.

You have to be precisely in the moment in order to box. And I just love that. I just love the idea of right now we're here, be here.

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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 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.

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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.

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.

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I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen.

I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen.

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There's no negatives. You just have to trust that what's happening in your life is unfolding in exactly the right way.

There's no negatives. You just have to trust that what's happening in your life is unfolding in exactly the right way.

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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 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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I think that we're all continually searching for who we are, and that's ever-evolving and changing.

I think that we're all continually searching for who we are, and that's ever-evolving and changing.

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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 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.

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Oh, the Places You'll Go!,' by Dr. Seuss, is still one of my favorite books ever.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!,' by Dr. Seuss, is still one of my favorite books ever.

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What do dreams know of boundaries?

What do dreams know of boundaries?

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I took 'P.S. I Love You' thinking it was going to be a little funny, and I ended up crying every day on that film.

I took 'P.S. I Love You' thinking it was going to be a little funny, and I ended up crying every day on that film.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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 can change your fate. You can sit back, or you can go after your life and all that you want it to be.

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I believe that the definition of luck is when preparation meets with opportunity.

I believe that the definition of luck is when preparation meets with opportunity.

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My biggest growth has been sitting with things that are uncomfortable and dealing with them.

My biggest growth has been sitting with things that are uncomfortable and dealing with them.

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My job is about playing people. And I think once you lose touch with people, what do you play?

My job is about playing people. And I think once you lose touch with people, what do you play?

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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.

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.

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I think that we're all continually searching for who we are, and that's ever-evolving and changing.

I think that we're all continually searching for who we are, and that's ever-evolving and changing.

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There's so much more to life than looking a certain way.

There's so much more to life than looking a certain way.

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It's a quality of my life that I wouldn't change for the world, having grown up with such a humble background.

It's a quality of my life that I wouldn't change for the world, having grown up with such a humble background.

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I love to travel. I'm a curious person.

I love to travel. I'm a curious person.

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I like to play women who blaze trails.

I like to play women who blaze trails.

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'Oh, the Places You'll Go!,' by Dr. Seuss, is still one of my favorite books ever.

'Oh, the Places You'll Go!,' by Dr. Seuss, is still one of my favorite books ever.

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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.

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.

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I think about how I'm spending my money, and I like to spend on my family.

I think about how I'm spending my money, and I like to spend on my family.

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I really chase the things that I want.

I really chase the things that I want.

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I had to fight my whole life to break out of my circumstances. That's just part of my makeup.

I had to fight my whole life to break out of my circumstances. That's just part of my makeup.

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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.

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.

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One thing I've learned: You never know where life is taking you, but it's taking you.

One thing I've learned: You never know where life is taking you, but it's taking you.

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I haven't tucked a sock in my pants for three years.

I haven't tucked a sock in my pants for three years.

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I grew up in a trailer park in Bellingham, Washington.

I grew up in a trailer park in Bellingham, Washington.

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I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all of this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.

I don't know what I did in this life to deserve all of this. I'm just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream.

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I can remember crying on the set of Beverly Hills 90210 after being released from the show a few years ago.

I can remember crying on the set of Beverly Hills 90210 after being released from the show a few years ago.

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I took 'P.S. I Love You' thinking it was going to be a little funny, and I ended up crying every day on that film.

I took 'P.S. I Love You' thinking it was going to be a little funny, and I ended up crying every day on that film.

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Few people know this about me, but I love baking pies.

Few people know this about me, but I love baking pies.

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My relaxation has always been my animals - going to the dog park with them, going to the beach.

My relaxation has always been my animals - going to the dog park with them, going to the beach.

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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?

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?

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You only have one life and if you're not doing what you love, what's the point?

You only have one life and if you're not doing what you love, what's the point?

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To me, working out is literally like eating a meal or drinking water or breathing.

To me, working out is literally like eating a meal or drinking water or breathing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I never know what my next thing is going to be, and I'm not out there specifically searching for one thing in particular. I'm just looking for something that's new and different. It could be a drama or a comedy, I just want to challenge myself and work with people that inspire me.

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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.

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My male counterpart will get paid ten times more than me - 10 times. Not double, but 10 times for the same job. We only have this much left for the female actress. I mean, there’s two genders on this Earth. Both are compelling, interesting, diverse, wonderful in all their own separate ways. And yet there’s an influx of male roles and there's just not for women.

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