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A Million Dollar Actress READING MATTERS A What do you think sports and acting have in common ? Make a list in your notebook and share it with a partner . B Look at the new words . Which of them can be added to the list you made in exercise A ? to be ( un ) affected boxer competitive to discourage down to earth efforts exceptional to gain glamorous gym infection to lead a quiet life life-threatening modest muscle part role sophisticated to be split support trailer C Read the biography and find out what Hilary Swank did in order to play a role . Hilary Swank – A Million Dollar Baby I Hilary Swank , who was a surprise Oscar winner in 2000 for Boys Don’t Cry , won the Oscar for best actress again , in 2005 , for her role in Million Dollar Baby . In the world of Hollywood , Hilary Swank is very unusual . She is unlike any 5 other movie star : she is beautiful but not glamorous , and she is unaffected and down to earth . She’s intelligent and speaks well , yet she is a high-school dropout . She is sophisticated , but she grew up in a trailer park . II Swank lives in New York , and she’s a movie star who rides 10 the subway . She believes that she can learn a great deal about people by watching them in everyday situations . In 2004 , Swank rode the subway to Brooklyn six days a week for three long months . She was going to Gleason’s Gym . This was the place where she prepared for her role in Million 15 Dollar Baby . In this movie , she played the role of a female boxer . Before the filming began , Swank trained hard nearly five hours every day . After three months , she gained almost nine kilos of muscle . That was the easy part . Learning to box like a professional was much harder . Her efforts impressed everyone at the gym and she only 20 stopped when she got a life-threatening infection that could have affected her heart . III Like her character in Million Dollar Baby , Maggie Fitzgerald , Swank grew up in a trailer park . Much of her childhood was split between acting in school plays and competitive swimming . By the age of 15 , she had decided on acting . That was the time when she dropped out of high school and she is not proud of it . She says that she had some teachers who were really amazing , while 25 others tried to discourage her from trying to become an actress . They tried to convince her to act only as a hobby . continued

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