Hilary Swank, the actress that played defining roles in movies like Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don’t Cry, is one of Hollywood’s most private actresses. You don’t hear much about her unless she’s doing a movie or standing behind a cause she supports.
That’s why you might not know if she’s married or whether or not she has any children.
Hilary Swank’s early life and career
Hilary Swank grew up in tough conditions. She was quite poor and lived in a trailer park. At 15, she and her mom moved to LA and lived in a car for several weeks while Swank began her acting career.
Eventually, she dropped out of high school. Now, she’s worth $40 million, but she still clips coupons and hunts for bargains. Swank first appeared in a role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but her breakout role was as the lead in The Next Karate Kid. She won the Best Actress Oscar for her role as Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry, along with the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama. She was the first woman to win an Oscar for the role of a boxer.
According to IMDb, she’s the third-youngest woman in history to win two Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Since then, she’s been highly sought after in roles that demanded a strong actress, and she admits to only taking roles that greatly interest her. For Million Dollar Baby, she had to put on 23 pounds of pure muscle, which she says was one of the hardest things she’s done.
Swank took a break from acting for three years when her father Stephen underwent a life-saving lung transplant. She was his sole caregiver, dedicating her time to him fulltime. Now that he is better, she is back on screen in the FX series, Trust. She keeps plenty busy, too. She also has a clothing line, Mission Statement, has three TV shows, and three films she’s currently producing.
Hilary Swank’s private life
Swank keeps a mostly private life. When people think about whether or not she’s married, they might remember her marriage to Chad Lowe, Rob Lowe’s little brother. They were married from 1997 to 2007 but called it quits after she filmed Million Dollar Baby. Lowe went on to marry and have kids, so rumors go back and forth as to whether it was an issue with wanting kids or her fast-rising career that ended their relationship.
After her relationship with Lowe ended, Swank went on to have several other relationships before meeting social venture entrepreneur Philip Schneider. They met on a blind date in 2016 after she split with fiance, professional tennis player Ruben Torres. Schneider is familiar with the film industry, having been a property master for various films.
The two hit it off, and he proposed later that year while on vacation in Colorado. He even knew to involve her dogs, whom she considers like her children. Their relationship has been a strong one, as he’s been there during her time caring for her father, and they recently got married in a secret wedding on August 18, 2018.
The wedding – and that dress
Swank and Schneider got married at Saint Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California. Her father was able to walk her down the aisle, which was possible thanks to his health improvements. She spoke to Vogue about the day and shared details of her favorite moments, stating that the day was a dream come true and completely timeless.
Guests dined on traditional Californian cuisine and enjoyed a fun tap dance put on by Swank and her new husband. But it was the surrounding redwoods that became the inspiration for the gorgeous dress she wore.
Swank’s dress was made by none other than Elie Saab, who she’s loved for years. Made of Chantilly lace, silk chiffon, and organza silk, it took six feet of tulle to create the veil. The embroidery alone took 70 hours to complete out of the 150 hours it took to piece together the entire dress. But it was worth it.
So, does she have any kids?
Swank doesn’t have any kids at this time, but she’s a huge advocate for pet adoption, rescuing several dogs that would become her pets over the years.
To her, they are her children – for now. That’s because a recent article in Closer Weekly revealed that Swank and her husband are eager to start their family as soon as possible.