Hilary Swank: Priorities & Critics
We talk with the uber-talented star about priorities, celebrity, her inspiration, and living in NYC.
Urbanette: Is it hard to keep your priorities in tact when you’re constantly busy working and on set?
Hilary: “I think that we always need to be questioning what it is we want to be doing with our lives and making our priorities very clear. I think that after Sept. 11th I certainly reevaluated my priorities, I was always talking about my priorities and now I’m really trying to live my priorities. You live once and you have to hopefully learn before it’s too late what your priorities are. I ask myself often to make sure that I’m doing what I want to be doing and living the life that I want to be living and that I’m in check. All those important questions I think everyone should ask themselves.”
Urbanette: What inspires you to pursue theater when you are being offered so many movie roles?
Hilary: “I started my career doing local theater. I think you just have to be happy with what you’re doing and even though I’m getting this opportunity as an actress to work in film, I want to make sure that I’m doing theater too because that’s what’s inspiring to me. Unfortunately it seems like I’m doing a movie every time that the play comes along that I think I could be a part of, but I believe in fate — I really think it’ll work out. I really love LOVE theater. It’s a totally different feeling; it’s just so different.”
Urbanette: You seem to be choosing a lot of interesting but lower-budget movies than most Oscar winners. Do you prefer working on lower budget films as opposed to blockbusters?
Hilary: “You choose to do a film because you’re drawn to it one way or another and I’m lucky that I don’t have to make career choices because of money. If a blockbuster movie came my way and I loved the story and I wanted to be a part of it then I would hope that I would gain whatever I was supposed to from that creatively. But with lower budget movies like Boys Don’t Cry, you get a certain artistic collaboration that doesn’t necessarily happen on that level when you work on a bigger budget movie. With blockbusters you get more money and have more time to explore camera angles or different takes but on smaller budget films you don’t have that. So there are pros and cons to both.”
Urbanette: You live in New York. Does living outside of LA affect the roles you’re offered and you’re involvement in the industry?
Hilary: “When I moved, a lot of people said ‘Aren’t you afraid to move away from LA where there are all these opportunities for you?’ I do think that once you get to a certain place [in your career] you don’t necessarily need to be in a town or a certain area and I’m really blessed and lucky for that because I love my lifestyle living in New York. I also want to do theatre and I have this wonderful new place in which to expand those career opportunities as well, and that’s really exciting.”