Hilary Swank, 48, and Philip Schneider, 45, met on a blind date set up by one of Swank’s co-stars. After years of wanting to become a mother, Swank announced in 2022 that she was expecting twins. The Million Dollar Babies pun intended, finally arrived, and Hilary was thrilled to share the news with her community of fans.
To this day, the exact cause of how identical twins happen is still unknown and occurs in approximately 1 in every 250 pregnancies. It’s not hereditary, and some factors increase the chances of having non-identical twins. For example, Nigerians are more likely to have twins than Japanese people.
Moreover, pregnant women over 35 have a higher chance of having non-identical twins as they are more likely to release multiple eggs during ovulation. In Hilary Swank’s case, her grandmother was a twin, as well as her husband’s grandmother, so the odds of her having twins were higher than average.
Almost 20 years ago, the actress said that having kids was always on her mind, ever since she was a young girl. She added, “I just love kids, and that would be an important thing to happen for me someday whenever the time is right.” And that time ended up being 2023.
When Swank’s father, Stephen Michael, was diagnosed with a lung transplant rejection and needed a lung transplant, she became his sole caretaker, taking him to his doctors’ appointments, and supporting him through his daily activities. One year turned into 2, and 5 years later, he made a full recovery.
Sadly, in October 2021 her father passed away. One year later, on Drew Barrymore’s show, a visibly emotional Hilary Swank announced that her twins were due on her late father’s anniversary, April 16th.
Those years made a profound impact on Hilary’s life. As she says, she grew “incredibly close to him during this time, deepening our relationship and savoring every moment we had together. He will always remain one of my most favorite people and not a day goes by that I don’t miss him.”
Babies have their own busy schedules, and they know when the time is right for them to make their grand entrance. Hilary shared a picture of herself holding the twins, one on each shoulder as well as letting us know she had fraternal twins. She captioned it, “It wasn’t easy. But boy (and girl!) was it worth it. Posting from pure heaven.