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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Hilary Swank HollywoodNewsWire.net  ""Conviction" Press Conference"  photo
Conviction
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Sep 11, 2010
Hilary Swank – Conviction
Park Hyatt Hotel, Toronto

Q1: Could you talk about playing a real person and how that might be different from how you might approach a fictional character?
HS: It's challenging, especially when the person you're playing is still alive. You want to do justice to their story, especially when it's a story as magnificent as Betty Anne's is and Kenny's. Betty is my real-life hero, and in the beginning, I actually didn't know if I wanted to meet her right away. I knew eventually I wanted to, but I didn't want to meet her right away because there's the accent, and I didn't want to just be parodying somebody. I wanted to understand her heart, and where her passion and drive and unconditional love came from for her brother. So I listened to tons of stories that she had shared with Tony and Pam. I just listened to her heart, and her stories, and I listened to her childhood. Betty is so gracious in sharing anything about herself with such humility and grace, a...

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