Hilary Swank has sleepless nights over world problems
HILARY Swank can't sleep because of injustice in the world.
The 'Million Dollar Baby' actress - who was raised on a trailer park in Washington - is a great "empathiser" and can't help but wish she could do more for disadvantaged people or those who are suffering.
She said: "I think that coming from a very humble background has made me an empathiser in general. I sometimes have a hard time sleeping at night with all that's happening in the world. Especially before I go to bed, it just pulls at my heartstrings, and I wish that there was more of me to go around, to be able to do more."
The 40-year-old actress admits she felt like an "outsider" at school because of her humble background but found solace in watching movies and relating to what she saw on screen.
She told Vulture: "I think we've all felt like an outsider at some point in our lives, and for me, especially as a child, I felt the pressure of classism. I would be embarrassed for living in a trailer park, and I would watch movies and see characters that were feeling things that I felt I was experiencing. I felt understood through those movies, and they became my friends, in a way, and I think the power of movies is astounding in that way."
And Hilary began to feel "uncomfortable" as a teenager when she started getting attention for the way she looked.
She said: "I know that when I became a teenager and all of a sudden was looked at differently, it was very uncomfortable. I immediately put on overalls and started wearing wool socks because I didn't want to be looked at like that."