in their own words: hilary swank

As featured in UK InStyle magazine, January 2011

{words & images via InStyle}
on looks not being important: “I never really felt that was an obligation, to show that I can be – and I’m going to say this in quotes – ‘a pretty girl’. I mean, look at me.”
on her tough upbringing: “I wouldn’t change my childhood for anything. The hardships, not having money – there were negatives. I could have reacted by saying, ‘I’m going to be a loner’. Instead, I thought, ‘That’s how you can choose to look at me, but I’m going to make sure that I don’t look at people like that’. I’m not ever going to treat a kid that way.”
on still using coupons: “Just because I have some money now, I wouldn’t? That doesn’t make sense to me. I see it as a dollar in my pocket. People around me laugh, because I have a deeper understanding of what a dollar gets you and how far to make that dollar go. No wonder my closet is a hodgepodge. I have everything from Louboutins to Gap. You don’t have to have a brand name on to be stylish. You can mix it all together and it works.”
on bouncing back: “You hear people say, ‘Oh, I didn’t get that bonus’, or ‘I got fired’. And look, I’ve experienced not getting the bonus and I’ve gotten fired. I feel it and I say, ‘That sucks’. I get depressed. I cry. I have my feelings. I don’t gloss over them. But then, after that I pick myself up, brush myself off and say, ‘Why did this happen? What am I supposed to learn?’”