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Hilary Swank Talks Life and Love

Hilary has definitely come a long way since starring in The Next Karate Kid and Beverly Hills 90210. At the age of 32, she's already won two Oscars and is considered one of Hollywood's top actresses. Things aren't always perfect for the actress. Besides recently going through a divorce she also says she felt like an outsider as a child. In the March issue of Marie Claire magazine Hilary talks all about life, love and becoming an award-winning actress. Here's more:

  • On her motivation to become an actor
    "As a kid I felt like such an outsider. I didn't belong. I fought for my place in the world. And part of what brought me to being an actor is that I would watch movies and there would be characters I could relate to. I felt my place within that, within them."
  • On her divorce [to actor Chad Lowe]
    "In life we have expectations of how things should turn out... Ending my marriage isn't something I take lightly. But it was the right thing to do."
  • On her intense personality
    "People do call call me intense. I can see why. I can. But, I don't like the word 'intense'—I prefer 'focused," she says. "I am a lay-it-on-the-table kind of girl. No nonsense. I'd rather have honest relationships, because life is too short to beat around the bush. Honesty shows that you really care about someone. I live by that."

Next up Hilary will once again show us just how intense focused she can be in The Reaping where she plays a Christian missionary who loses her faith. Sounds like someone's going for another Oscar!

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