Swank told Peirce that, like Teena, she was twenty-one years old and hailed from Lincoln, Nebraska! Pierce was delighted -- until she learned that Swank was, in fact, nearly twenty-five years old, whereupon she confronted her about the deception. Fortunately, Swank had a ready reply: "That," she said, "is what Brandon would do!"
[Swank won the role, clipped her hair, and lived as a boy for a month to prepare. Her pay for the role? $75 a day.]
[Swank once competed as a swimmer in the Junior Olympics and Washington state championships and was once the state's fifth-ranked gymnast.]