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Hilary Swank: Chad Lowe Is ‘Part of Me’

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As most people know, Hilary Swank's life hasn't always been so rosy. She grew up poor in a trailer park in Bellingham, Washington -- and even lived out of a car for awhile when she and her mother moved to Los Angeles so Hilary could pursue an acting career. Fortunately, times are no longer tough for the Oscar winner, but Swank hasn't forgotten where she comes from.

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"People around me laugh because I still have a deep understanding of what a dollar gets you and how far to make that dollar go," says the actress in InStyle's September issue. "No wonder my closet is a hodgepodge. I have everything from Louboutins to Payless, from Gap to designer stuff. You don't have to have a brand name on to be stylish. You can mix it all together and it works."

The actress, who currently lives with her talent agent boyfriend, John Campisi, also opens up to the mag about her ex-husband, Chad Lowe. "A lot of people look at divorce as a failure," she notes. "I really looked at my relationship with Chad as 14 years of success. I will carry him in my heart forever. He's part of me. Friends of mine and I talk about this. Does someone come into your life for a certain time, and then you are supposed to go your separate ways? There's a part of me that thinks that's true. We have friendships that we grow out of. But I believe in the long haul. I believe in having a monogamous relationship."

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To read more of Hilary Swank's interview, pick up the September issue of InStyle, on newsstands Friday, August 20.

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