How Hilary Swank Lives Her Best Life
Best Wardrobe Staples
So much of my job involves walking around in high heels for 12 hours, so when I'm not working I wear jeans, tank tops, and a great pair of kicks. I call this productive dressing, because I'm comfortable enough to get things done.
Best Morning Routine
I like to wake up at 7 and hike with my dogs—a golden retriever mix named Rumi, and Kai, a little mutt—on one of the great trails around Hollywood. Though I adopted them, I actually feel like my dogs rescued me. They've made my life so much richer.
When I travel to different cities or countries, I always try whatever local beers are on tap. I prefer light or amber colored, unless I'm in Ireland—where I'm obviously drinking Guinness.
Oh, the Places You'll Go!, by Dr. Seuss, is still one of my favorite books ever. I even named my parrot Seuss! The part I love most—"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose"—reminds me I can choose every day the kind of person I want to be.
Best Secret Talent
Few people know this about me, but I love baking pies. I make blueberry in August, pumpkin in the fall. I've built a reputation among friends: When I gave my trainer a gift certificate for his birthday, he said, "Where's my pie?"
Extra time with the people—or animals—you love is always a fine reason to be late. Recently, when I was running to catch a plane, I still went back upstairs and left a note for my boyfriend to say goodnight and tell him I love him.
Best New Year's Eve
Surrounded by friends and family, sitting down to a warm, heavy meal. With a little bubbly, of course.
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