In January’s W magazine, we learn that Hilary Swank may have been a bit hypocritical in revealing that ex-husband Chad Lowe had a substance abuse problem:
“This is my Aloe C, which I dissolve in water,” she says, brandishing a giant orange pill. “Here’s my flax. This one’s for my immune system, and this one is my BrainWave—it’s great, like if I have a lot of lines to memorize.” Swank takes nearly 45 supplements a day, tossing them into her mile-wide maw at various hours according to a carefully determined schedule. “I just took my most important ones, which are my Oz Garcia Longevity Pak,” she continues, rattling the empty green packet. “I shoved them in my mouth right before I met you, which I actually shouldn’t do, because I choked on my vitamins once before.”
Of course with any excessive pill-popping, there are potentially serious side effects. But as long as one can memorise the script to unerring perfection, it matters little what uncontrollable limb-contorting gestures accompany the delivery of those award-winning lines.