I don’t wash my face in the morning. I put my sunscreen on and I go. I only wash it at night. But I never go to bed without washing my face. When I wake up, I go to the bathroom, put on sunscreen, then I go to the gym or the tennis court or I go on a hike with my dogs. I don’t wake up and shower. I grew up playing sports so for me, exercise is like braiding hair. I was a gymnast, a swimmer, I played basketball. But swimming was really my thing. Now I do weights too — more resistance training because I find that that’s one of the best ways to keep calcium in your bones and to stay flexible. My arms are still quite big from Million Dollar Baby.

I want to get my workout in first thing and I will take an hour less sleep for it because I’ll be more energized from my workout than an hour more sleep.

I sleep in the nude.

I don’t brush my teeth until I’ve had my coffee because you know what, there’s nothing that ruins wine or champagne or coffee like mint toothpaste. Who wants to do that? I like my stuff to taste the way it’s supposed to taste. So I brush my teeth after coffee, which is actually usually an espresso. After I put on sunscreen, I’ll put on clothes from my new line, Mission Statement, and then I go downstairs and have my coffee.

After that, I come back up to brush my teeth (sometimes if I’m running late, I don’t brush them), and then I go to the gym or the tennis court or hike or whatever and if I don’t get terribly sweaty, I’ll go into my day like that. I have this sunscreen brush, which is amazing — I put on cream and then use this throughout the day because I don’t want to reapply the cream over a dirty face. It’s amazing, it has UVA and B protection in it, titanium dioxide, vitamins A C and E and it’s chemical-free.

Then I go back downstairs to make a smoothie. I use kale, spinach, blueberries, flax, chia and green — like a supergreen. The bottle has to say supergreen!

I also use cacao and a frozen banana. And I never put an avocado in because that makes me gag. I have this every morning whether or not I work out because I don’t think I get enough vegetables or fruit in otherwise. I only use a handful — as much as I can eat because who eats ten apples? Nobody.

The underlying purpose is to encourage women to live their personal mission statements.

Usually after my workout, I’ll just go straight into my day. That’s why I created Mission Statement — because I didn’t want to look like I was in my workout clothes.

The underlying purpose is to encourage women to live their personal mission statements. Life is really short and I feel like so often, we’re kind of living someone else’s idea of what our life should look like and we don’t really stop to think, “Am I living my true life?”

Work is hard, and you have to find some sort of balance.

I’m 42 and if I could have given myself advice in my thirties, it would be that such a big part of living your dream — which is different for everybody — is navigating the business side of work. I started acting when I was fifteen and I thought it was going to be all creative and telling stories, but there’s a whole business side that you have to navigate. It’s just part of it. And once you understand that and accept the reality that you can’t only do things you want to do, that part of life is sucking it up and doing stuff you don’t want to (and that’s never going to change), you feel much better. It’s art and commerce, that’s the way it’s always been. But I think if you have good people around you to help with stuff you’re not as good at, you can focus more (but not entirely) on other things.

You just have to make sure that the people around you are trying to help you on the journey that you want and not the journey that they necessarily want for you. You have to know when to bring their voices in and when to listen to your gut. Because at the end, all you have is the choice that you made for yourself. And that’s the mantra that I live by: make a choice, make it happen. Be really clear about what it is you want in your life and then work towards that every day – and be open-minded when something else comes! So that you go, “That’s actually a great idea, and if I wouldn’t have been open minded, I wouldn’t have thought about that.”

And that’s the mantra that I live by: make a choice, make it happen.

When I started this clothing line, I didn’t have any expectations other than expecting that doing anything new can be really hard in the most invigorating way.

I took a crash course in business, but I didn’t go to college because I started acting so young. I got my GED but I didn’t even finish high school properly. So I mean, I jumped into the ocean and sometimes it didn’t even feel like I had a life vest. But I like to challenge myself and I like learning new stuff. I co-design the collection so every piece has this functionality and specificity to it which is something that I needed in my life — clothes you could wear to work out, but also just to work.

I think people think I’m just the face of this brand, but it’s my brainchild, it’s my baby. I created it. It’s an idea that I had and then I had to get all of the people around me to help me see it to life. But you know, I travel to all my factories. I know the people who make my clothes. I’m fundraising, I’m making business plans.

And all while I have my acting career. But I asked for it and I’m really excited about it. And what I’m mostly excited about is connecting with women, people who are learning. There’s nothing that inspires me more than women who have persevered through adversity. That’s true whether it’s in my acting or now through Mission Statement. I think it makes us feel less alone in our insecurities.

Check out Mission Statement here. Photos by Edith Young.

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  • Amazing. I like her routine, it’s just really simple, and focuses on what’s important: staying healthy, fit, and doing what you want + need to do. Can’t wait to discover more of her collection!
    Meg @ its.meg-ramsay.com

  • MMR

    So inspirational! I want everything from her company!!

  • holdmyphone

    I LOVE her routine!! I recently tried this new tool called FINERY which lets me plan my outfits in advance and that has been the only thing that has helped me cut my prep time in the mornings. I feel like this + FINERY.com now nothing can stop me! Thanks manrepeller x hilary for the inspo!

  • Aydan

    MR loving the quote animations! and honestly love Hilary! Every interview I read with her always makes me feel like she’s such a grounded and centered person!

  • trixie

    I want the sunscreen brush. Show me a link what this magical wand is!

  • Sometimes celebrity interviews can come across as contrived and calculated and entirely uninspiring, but this was really pleasant to read. She gives such simple, sound advice, and seems really comfortable with who she is. That comes across.

    I, of course, (especially after reading Amelia’s bit about instagram tags yesterday) now want to know what kinda sunscreen she uses. Also the sunscreen brush. Leandra, assuming you and Hilary are now bffs, can you just shoot her a quick text or like hit her up on g chat and get the details? For her fans and whatnot?

  • literarity

    “it has titanium dioxide, vitamins A C and E… it’s chemical-free” — girl, come ON. not a good Look

    • Jasmin Sander

      Came here to say the same thing…. my biochem training objects!
      I like the rest though, she sounds relaxed and grounded.

  • Kattigans

    I really commend Hilary’s sound advice and being honest about her morning routine. Sometimes realness means a little bit more coming from a celebrity women who have access to so much. A lot of what she says is very relatable and down to earth. But, but! My biggest gripe with her, this interview, other recent interviews I’ve read with her and in general most celebrity products – clothing lines especially- is how over priced the product is. The dots do not connect for me. She talks about creating the line wanting women to live out their truths and lives, but in all seriousness lets get real because her line really is meant for a **particular** kind of woman. And, It’s the woman who has the ability to spend $125 on arm warmers. More power to this lady buying the arm warmers! But it’s like how many women do we all know who live their “truths” every damn day or at least try to and make it happen without/and by not even being able to afford a pair of $165 yoga pants?

    No disrespect to anyone, let’s just freaking call a spade, a spade: she’s selling overpriced workout clothes for a certain **type of woman**. It’s not an inclusive brand. And it doesn’t need to be but I’d really like it if the overhyped “women empowerment” cliche marketing ploy could be dropped by companies who do no such thing. It just sounds like she’s trying too hard to work a philosophy into the story of her brand that is very inauthentic especially given what price point she’s selling at.

    • nelgracev

      Amen!

    • LOL. Yes to all of this that you have so gracefully written. I clicked over to the site, and SWIFTLY clicked off. All I got a glimpse of was $145 for tissue paper thin tank top.

    • laraerae

      Yup. I get she’s doing interviews to promote her line but just name drop it once or twice like a normal celebrity, jeez.

  • Person who this she’s Funny

    I DO like Hillary Swank buuut she needs to brush her teeth unless she wants to be Hillary….Stank. ………………………. I’m sorry

    • pamb

      She does brush them, just after she’s had her coffee. If she doesn’t have time, she brushes them later.

      She has a gorgeous mouthful of teeth; I’m sure she wants to keep them.

  • I love how real this sounds! Feels like she’s a childhood friend, talking to me and just catching me up on her life. Love it. LOVE IT!!

  • Pandora Sykes

    It’s a perfectly nice line – and she sounds like a really nice, zen woman – but I cannot work out the USP. There is literally nothing at all that sets this collection apart from dozens, and I mean dozens, of other athleisure/ workout brands. It’s such a saturated market, it’s almost unconscionable than anyone would WANT to create a new brand, RN.

    • Kattigans

      What do you mean $650 warm up tees aren’t your thing? Oh wait, they’re made with cashmere. **rolls eyes**

      • Janet Hasselblad

        Seriously. The price is ridiculous. Even for cashmere.

  • Robin

    First of all, I wish Hilary was my aunt and I could call her up anytime to get her amazingly simple sage advice whenever I please. Second, THANKS MR, for bringing this golden interview to the public. Soo good.
    Its awesome to know that I’m not the only one who refrains from brushing until after coffee. And that “I didn’t have any expectations other than expecting that doing anything new can be really hard in the most invigorating way.” is just, 100% the way it is, coming from an entrepreneur who started her own business, (often times, huge challenges can be the best thing to happen, and also make you learn SO much about yourself).. also “accept the reality that you can’t only do things you want to do, that part of life is sucking it up and doing stuff you don’t want to (and that’s never going to change), you feel much better. It’s art and commerce, that’s the way it’s always been. But I think if you have good people around you to help with stuff you’re not as good at, you can focus more (but not entirely) on other things” ah, she’s so relatable and perfect.
    Bookmarking this interview RIGHT NOW.

  • Alessia

    “And I never put an avocado in because that makes me gag.”
    I’M NOT ALONE

  • Fayla Garcia

    How funny, we actually share the same morning routine.

  • dani

    Great read this morning – and Hilary sounds amaze-balls. Though I was shaken by the price range of Mission Statement. I clicked on the site and saw a tank top for about $200! Jesus, I need to offer my leg and arm for that. Obviously, Hilary is targeting affluent customers – the 1% of Americans.