Thankfully, Swank’s mother trusted her daughter’s instincts and helped in any way she could – including cold-calling agents, managers and other people in the business. And against all odds, the persistence paid off. Swank got her start in several television shows, landing parts in the likes of Evening Shade and Growing Pains.
Swank had her first taste of real professional success in the 1992 comedy horror flick Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Then came the role of Julie Pierce in 1994’s The Next Karate Kid, followed by a stint on the hit teen TV drama Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1997 to 1998.
However, it was in 1999 that things really began to take off for Swank. That year saw her deliver a standout performance in Boys Don’t Cry– a project that required Swank to play the role of a male who had transitioned from a female. Needless to say, she knocked it out of the park.