For someone who grew up, in her own words, as “just a girl from a trailer park,” Hilary Swank has come a long way in terms of, well, swank. She’s walked the red carpet in labels as varied as Escada, Calvin Klein and vintage Guy Laroche. On Tuesday, the two-time Oscar winner checked out yet another designer when she stopped into the Whitney Museum of American Art for Pamella Roland’s presentation. Wearing a beaded cocktail number, Swank was scouting out duds for press events related to promoting her new movie, “Conviction.”

WWD: Why did you to come to Pamella’s presentation today? Do you know her personally?

Hilary Swank: I know people who know her, but we just met. I just became aware of her clothes recently. I don’t live in New York anymore, so I’m not as up on my fashion. 

WWD: When you go to presentations and shows like this, do you look for red-carpet outfits?

H.S.: Yes. I have a lot of press coming up. I’m going to be in New York, L.A. and then London for the premieres [of “Conviction”]. So I have a lot of clothes that I have to find, and I like to be hands-on with what I’m wearing.

WWD: Do you work with a stylist?

H.S.: Sometimes. When you do a press junket, you can do up to 150 looks in one day, and there’s no way I can be on top of all of those looks. For big awards shows like [the 2005 Oscar ceremony, where she won for her performance in] “Million Dollar Baby,” I pick out my own look. Sometimes, I enlist the help of Tanya Gill.

WWD: What else are you doing while in New York?

H.S.: Well, I just got here from Toronto and I’m leaving for L.A. tomorrow.

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