Hilary Swank: I've learnt to trust my instincts
Hilary Swank "innately" knows what's best for her.
The actress has enjoyed many years in Hollywood and has scooped two leading actress Oscars - one for Boys Don't Cry in 2000 and another for Million Dollar Baby in 2005.
She must be doing something right, but the star didn't always believe she could follow her gut.
"To not be as scared, to trust my instincts," she answered Manhattan Magazine when asked what advice she would give her younger self. "We know what is best for us - we innately know. But I was scared to trust my instincts, and less strong because of it.
"We can be paralysed by fear, and I’d like to think of myself as someone who steps into fear and into the sharp corners. And yet, we all have our weaknesses, and there are areas where I was afraid to trust my instincts, and I don’t want to do that anymore."
Hilary celebrated a milestone birthday this year, when she turned 40 in July. Her career continues to go from strength to strength and she currently appears in western drama The Homesman.
"I just turned 40, and as you grow and have hindsight, you feel less alone. When you’re in your twenties and thirties, you feel like, ''Am I the only one feeling this?' And in your late thirties to forties you start feeling that we’re all going through something, and the more we share our experiences, the less alone we are," she smiled.
The star now embraces her strength and worries less about what others might think of her. She also nurtures her femininity.
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