Hilary Swank on the cover of Marie Claire (November 2009)

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Hilary Swank, the star of the upcoming film based on the life of Amelia Earhart, graces the November 2009 cover of Marie Claire magazine, on newsstands October 13.

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Check out some highlights below:

On people assuming she can get any role she wants because of her two Oscars: “So not true. I really chase the things that I want. I don’t audition anymore, but I do go after things that I believe in. Someone will say, ‘Oh, I don’t see Hilary in that role because she’s not really that funny to me.’ So I’ll say that I want to sit down with them so that they meet the real person behind the characters. I usually get roles that are not the conventional beauty.”

On her way of relaxation: “My relaxation has always been my animals—going to the dog park with them, going to the beach. I always try to carve out time in my day to be with them. On the last set I was on, I would just get a bike and ride around the studio with my dogs chasing me. It just gets me out of my head, you know what I mean?”

On people assuming she’s a loner: “For a long time, I was a loner because [my ex-husband Chad Lowe] was my best friend, and we were really happy just hanging out, he and I. I think it was maybe five years ago that I realized how important my friends were to me, and I realized they were a big part of my letting go. When I got divorced three years ago, I needed them more than ever. I have really good girlfriends. Mariska Hargitay is my best friend.”

More quotes and pics from Hilary’s cover shoot at www.marieclaire.com.