April 8, 2010 1:32:16 pm
Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank had a lonely childhood reading and watching movies as her classmates were banned by their parents to play with her.
The ‘Million Dollar Baby’ star who grew up in a trailer park in Washington and was shunned by her classmates because their parents didn’t want them socialising with someone from a poor background,Cosmopolitan magazine reported.
“I grew up feeling like an outsider because we had no money,so I understood ‘classism’ at a young age. A lot of parents didn’t want their kids playing with me,even though the kids didn’t care,” Swank said.
The 35-year-old star spent most of her free time reading and watching movies,where the characters became the closest thing she had to friends.
“Because I experienced that,my friends became characters in books or movies. That’s what I could relate to.
The first three movies I remember watching – ‘The Elephant Man’,’The Miracle Worker’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – were all about outsiders facing adversity,” Swank said.
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