When we first discovered Hilary Swank, she had taken over for Ralph Macchio in the Karate Kid film franchise. We were devastated because she’d replaced one of our biggest childhood crushes. But there was something exciting about watching a girl kick butt that made us simultaneously fear her and admire her. We wanted her to be our best friend (and playground protector).
Years later, when we saw her incredible portrayal of Teena Brandon in Boys Don’t Cry, we knew she was an actress to keep an eye on. Two Academy Awards later for Best Actress and it’s clear that we weren’t the only ones who saw talent in this beautiful woman.
Because of her role in Boys, she instantly gained status as a gay icon. Kind of like a Jodie Foster 2.0. Her roles are almost always atypical by Hollywood’s girlie-girl standards and that makes her far more interesting on-screen than the cavalcade of rom-com stars who giggle their way through predicaments. Whether playing a boxer, a woman living her life as a man, or her most recent role as the daring Amelia Earhart, Hilary’s no shrinking violet. Ever.
And now she’s coming to Dallas as part of the Brinker International Forum where she’ll take the stage to answer questions and discuss her career. It’s a rare opportunity to get an intimate look into the life of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in one of Dallas’ most stunning venues, the Winspear Opera House. (Have you been yet? We swoon every time we walk in!)
We’re just hoping to catch her at the stage door afterward so she can sign our mint-condition VHS copy of the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. Her autograph will finally make it worth something!
Single tickets start at $20 and must be purchased from the box office
Monday, November 9, 8:00 p.m.
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street, Dallas