(It’s her second pastry of the morning.) “Exercise is also really important to me. I would rather sleep six hours and get an hour workout than sleep seven hours.” Twice a week she lifts weights.
(And later, as if the sack of supplements wasn’t enough, she excuses herself so that a visiting nurse can give her a vitamin injection.)Whether it’s truly the vitamins or just genetics, Swank, 33, certainly looks good these days.
Her bulging to promote a charity effort) looks sexy and chic, and her skin seems to radiate health.“I have a really high metabolism,” Swank says, almost apologetically, as she takes a giant bite out of a chocolate croissant.
As first reported by Nikki Finke in her blog Deadline Hollywood Daily this past October, the company’s president of production, Jeff Robinov, allegedly told three different producers that the company would no longer be doing movies with female leads.
(This on the heels of a series of big-budget disappointments for the studio, including Foster’s .) Although Robinov has flatly denied ever issuing such an edict, the gossip was discussed and dissected all over town.“Who knows if Jeff really said that or not,” opines Swank, toeing a careful line. He says he didn’t say it, and I know that people attribute things to me that I didn’t say.
Although Swank is clearly one of the most talented actresses of her generation, and a winner of two best actress Oscars (which puts her in an elite club that also includes Elizabeth Taylor and Jodie Foster), Swank is now in the difficult position of trying to turn around a string of commercial disappointments.
Since 2004’s Oscar-winning , can only be adding to the pressure.“She knows what she wants, she makes her decisions quickly, and she sticks with them,” Versace says.“I love her determination.”Swank, clearly, has never been one to shy away from a challenge, and it’s her ambition and fearlessness that make her next film role, as Amelia Earhart in a Phillip Noyce–directed biopic (set to start shooting later this year), such an apt one. “Phillip has our photos next to each other and talks about how much we resemble each other,” she says, laughing.After her father left the family when she was six, she ended up, along with her mother and older brother, living in a trailer park in Bellingham, Washington.At age 15 the aspiring actress persuaded her mom to move to L.—that didn’t do well.”When the topic turns to the fizzle of her last three films, you can practically see Swank slip on her boxing gloves.