Two-time Academy Award-winning actress, Hilary Swank, graces the November 2009 edition of Marie Claire magazine. The 35-year-old accomplished actress spoke about her new boyfriend John Campisi, and her comfort level in front of his 6-year-old son. Hilary also opened up about wanting children when the time is right and learning to nourish her friendships, including her “best friend” relationship with Mariska Hargitay.
On having children when the time is right: “For me, my career is like, for lack of a better word, a baby. I always knew that I wanted to act, since I was 7 years old. But also from that age, I’ve been thinking about the day that I would have kids. When the time is right, I’ll know. I am aware that next week, I turn 35. But I am also aware that the timing has to be right.”
On her stepson seeing her nude: “Well, my boyfriend’s son is 6 years old, and you wonder at what age you should stop walking around nude. Every morning he comes into the bedroom, and you’re just nude. But he doesn’t look twice; he doesn’t think about it yet. I just toss and turn too much when I sleep, and if I’m in clothes, I get all twisted up.”
On learning to relax: “My agent Josh [Lieberman] was a big part of it. He was like, “Hilary, you just finished a movie. Go and relax”—he put some swear words in there, too. He was like, “You just need to trust us. We have everything under control. You don’t need to hold on so tightly.” But that was all I knew. So now I’m taking a month off. Going to Tuscany. My family is going to be there—my brother and my niece and nephews and John [Campisi, Swank’s boyfriend] and his parents and Sam [Campisi’s son]. And a bunch of friends, too.”
On being a loner during her marriage to Chad Lowe: “For a long time, I was a loner because Chad [Lowe, Swank’s ex-husband] was my best friend, and we were really happy just hanging out, he and I. I think it was maybe five years ago that I realized how important my friends were to me, and I realized they were a big part of my letting go. When I got divorced three years ago, I needed them more than ever. I have really good girlfriends. Mariska Hargitay is my best friend.”