The now Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank has come a long way from her trailer park – but growing up as a poor kid wasn’t so easy.
Friends were hard to come by as a child since other parens didn’t like the fact she lived in a trailer park.
“I had a roof over my head and my mom worked hard to make sure there was food on the table, but the parents of the neighborhood kids wouldn’t let them play with me,” she said. “They would tell them, ‘It’s time to come in’ if they were with me, or if I was at their houses, it would be, ‘Hilary you need to leave.’ ”
As a child Hilary didn’t understand the prejudice against her living arrangements.
S”I didn’t understand because I didn’t know there was this kind of stereotype about people who live in trailer parks and I look back now at those parents who were in their mid-30s – the age I am now- and I think, ‘How could you do that to a child?’” she said.
“It’s not something I understand but I try and have compassion for whatever their insecurities were.”
She may not understand but she doesn’t regret her past.
“I do drive a nice car, but that doesn’t make me who I am. I don’t need those things to feel complete, or feel like I belong,” she said.
“People ask me if I would change my past if I could and I never would, because it made me so grateful for what I have today.”
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