Top Stories

Hilary Swank: 'Shame on Me' for Chechnya Controversy

Hilary Swank: 'Shame on Me' for Chechnya Controversy

Hilary Swank rings in the new year on the cover of Gotham magazine’s latest issue.

Here’s what the 37-year-old New Year’s Eve actress shared with Mariska Hargitay, who interviewed her:

On using fear as a motivator: “I go after the things the way that I do because I am scared,” she says. “I go gung-ho and dive in because it’s my way to be prepared, physically and mentally. My fear control mechanism is to be overly prepared.”

On always wanting to be an actor: “We all feel like an outsider at some point in life. It reminds me of the moment when I was a little girl and people said, “When are you going to give up your hobby, this is my life. Because when I was a little girl-not having a lot of friends, recognizing classism at a young age-my friends were the characters in books and movies.”

On her controversial visit to Chechnya and the backlash that came with it: “In this case, a Turkish real estate company invited me to help promote peace by celebrating the rebuilding of a war-torn city and meeting people who were rebuilding their lives. That’s how it was presented to me, and I thought, Absolutely, yes. When I was there, I was asked to wish the president a happy birthday, and I did. Shame on me for not having researched the trip more fully, but I didn’t know President Kadyrov’s record. Human rights organizations had tried to warn me, but those warnings weren’t shared with me. The things that have been written about me in the press are painful because they are totally contradictory to who I am. It’s on me for having gone, and I regret it. Believe me, I’m never again accepting an invitation before making sure I have all the information I need.”

For more from Hilary, visit!

Like Just Jared on Facebook
hilary swank gotham magazine 01
hilary swank gotham magazine 02
hilary swank gotham magazine 03

JJ Links Around The Web

  • Sofia Vergara shows off her wedding ring - US Weekly
  • One of the Shahs of Sunset stars is getting divorced - TMZ
  • Scott Disick books first appearance since rehab - Gossip Cop
  • Maia Mitchell steps out with her hot boyfriend - Just Jared Jr
  • You've gotta see Salma Hayek's crazy cleavage - Radar
  • A big Walking Dead theory gets more support - Huffington Post
  • Can Amber Heard get an Oscar? - Lainey Gossip
  • Disney chief downplays Star Wars box office expectations - The Hollywood Reporter
A Member of Townsquare Entertainment News | Advertise here