It's been more than two years since Hilary Swank took home an Oscar for her gender-bending performance as Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry, yet the actress only recently came to grips with her big win.
"I don't think it really hit me until I saw that trailer and the poster [for Insomnia]," she says. "It goes, 'Academy Award winner Al Pacino, Academy Award winner Robin Williams,' and I didn't expect it to say, 'Academy Award winner Hilary Swank.' I almost felt like asking, 'Can we rewind the film?'"
Despite the shared kudos, Swank humbly insists that she's hardly in the same league as her revered co-stars. In fact, the 27-year-old onetime Beverly Hills, 90210 resident admits she was a little star-struck working opposite Pacino. "It's really a dream come true for an actor to be able to work with an icon, a legend," she gushes.
And the best part? Since her Insomnia alter ego, young detective Ellie Burr, spends much of the film idolizing Pacino's seasoned sleuth, Swank's admiration of the Godfather star was all in a day's work. "Our relationship is a perfect parallel to our characters," she laughs. "It gave me a great excuse to stare and gawk!"