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Hilary Swank Opens Up About Why She Waited To Become A Mom Until Age 48

The two-time Oscar winner recently shared she's expecting twins with husband Philip Schneider.

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At 48, Hilary Swank revealed why now was the time for her to finally become a mom.

Last week, the two-time Academy Award winner announced on Extra! she and her entrepreneur husband Philip Schneider are expecting twins.

Before kicking off the virtual interview session, the Boys Don't Cry actor commented on how she wasn't prepared for the intensity of having morning sickness–especially while carrying twins–but said she was feeling better.

Swank divulged why she chose to wait to have kids, despite motherhood being something that was important to her.

When asked if she and Schneider have been trying for a while to have kids, she said having kids was just something that was always on her mind since childhood.

She noted all the "elements had to come together and be right."

You can watch the interview, here.

Hilary Swank on Expecting TWINS at 48 — and Her Morning Sickness!youtu.be

She said “having a career and not having the right relationship" were things that contributed to delaying motherhood.

Now that the next chapter of her life has started, she said it was "nice to be here and just be pregnant."

Fans supported the revelation of her later-in-life pregnancy.


A poignant moment was shared with the interviewer when Swank confirmed the baby is due on the date of her late father's birthday.

"It's so beautiful, how it's all aligning," said Swank, adding that her dad was one of her "favorite people in the world."

"It's like this tribute of life, you know, being due on his birthday."

Swank met Philip Schneider through a mutual friend per Vogue and they married on August 18, 2018 two years after they started dating.

She previously married actor Chad Lowe in 1997. They announced their intention to divorce on January 9, 2006 which was finalized on November 1, 2007.

On March 22, 2016, she announced her engagement to Rubén Torres–a financial advisor with UBS and former professional tennis player–but they confirmed the end of their engagement in June of that same year.

Swank announced she was pregnant with twins while promoting her new show Alaska Daily on the October 5 broadcast of Good Morning America.

She later posted about her most exciting role yet.

"Coming soon...DOUBLE FEATURE," she teased on Instagram.

Swank currently stars in ABC's investigative drama, Alaska Daily, as reporter Eileen Fitzgerald–a character she introduced on social media as an individual who is:

"A strong-minded investigative journalist thrown out of her fast-paced NYC lifestyle into Anchorage, Alaska - on a mission to bring systematic issues in Alaska to light."
"Injustice, racism, and social inequalities that are very much present both in Alaska and beyond."
"Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, sexual violence, police corruption, and a lack of proper reporting resources are among the topics we hope to shed light on throughout Eileen’s time at the Daily Alaskan."

Alaska Daily airs on Thursdays 10/9 Central.