Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is an American actress and producer. She has won two Academy Awards for Best Actress.
The Karate Kid
Swank made her film debut with a minor role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) before receiving her breakthrough role in the fourth installment of The Karate Kid franchise, The Next Karate Kid (1994). On television, she starred as Carly Reynolds on the eighth season of the Fox teen drama Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1997 to 1998. Swank was the subject of widespread critical acclaim for her performance as Brandon Teena, a transgender man, in the biographical film Boys Don’t Cry (1999), for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. For her portrayal of Maggie Fitzgerald in Clint Eastwood’s sports drama film Million Dollar Baby (2004), Swank again received the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
Swank has also starred in other films including The Gift (2000), Insomnia (2002), The Core (2003), Iron Jawed Angels (2004), Red Dust (2004), The Reaping (2007), P.S. I Love You (2007), Freedom Writers (2007), Amelia (2009), The Homesman (2014), You’re Not You (2014) and Logan Lucky (2017). In 2018, she portrayed Abigail Harris Getty on the FX television series Trust.
In October 2011, Swank attracted controversy for attending an event in Chechnya’s capital Grozny on the 35th birthday of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov on October 5. After wishing him “Happy birthday, Mr. President”, she reportedly claimed knowledge about Kadyrov saying, “I read. I do my research.” Following criticism from human rights groups, that reported having informed her about the human rights abuses in Chechnya prior to the event and asked her to reconsider her participation, Swank said she was unaware that Kadyrov had been accused of human rights violations and that she “deeply regrets” taking part in the lavish concert. She donated her personal appearance fees “to various charitable organizations”.
In 2012, Swank’s audiobook recording of Caroline Knapp’s Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs was released at Audible.com. In 2013, she starred in the television film Mary and Martha alongside Brenda Blethyn. In 2014, Swank played the lead role of Kate Parker, a woman whose life is shattered when she develops the degenerative disease ALS, in You’re Not You. The film co-starred Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel.
In 2017, she appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s heist comedy Logan Lucky as Special Agent Sarah Grayson, alongside Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig, and portrayed lawyer Colette Hughes in Bille August’s drama film 55 Steps. Swank will star in and executive produce the Alzheimer’s disease drama film What They Had, directed by Elizabeth Chomko. She has been cast in two upcoming television projects; she will portray Gail Getty in the first season of FX’s anthology series Trust, and will star as Laura Murphy in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s drama series The One Percent.