Hilary Swank took three years off acting to help her dad after a lung transplant


I’ve honestly wondered why Hilary Swank wasn’t working more these past few years. I think she’s a very talented actress, even in films I didn’t care for. I know she took a big hit for the Chechen president scandal many years ago and always thought maybe that played a bigger hand in her sparse film career following. It turns out, it was planned hiatus so Hilary could nurse her father after a lung transplant.

Hilary Swank… revealed on HuffPost Live in 2015 that her father, Stephen Swank, had undergone a lung transplant and moved in with her. She said she was his sole caregiver, adding, “There’s been job opportunities I’ve passed on, and things that I said ‘I can’t,’ but really what we’re here for is our family.”

Swank, who recently returned to TV with the upcoming series Trust, talked about her father again in an interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday.

“He’s great, thank you for asking,” she told host Stephen Colbert. “They’d given him a short time to live if he didn’t get a lung transplant and thankfully, he got one and he’s alive and thriving and well. I took three years off to be with him and help him through that life journey.”

Trust, which debuts on Sunday on FX, marks Swank’s first TV series role she played Carly on Beverly Hills, 90210 in the late ’90s. Swank stars alongside another actor who took a Hollywood hiatus in recent years, Brendan Fraser.

[From E!]

Man, a lung transplant is serious business. I’m delighted to hear it went well and that her dad is healthy now. Three years is a long time to take a break in any industry but potentially deadly in Hollywood. Hilary could have afforded round-the-clock care for her dad so she could keep making films. This was personal to her and I’m sure very emotional. Maybe this was another reason behind her producing her high-priced athletic wear, so she had something to supplement her income.

But she’s back, now – and with Brendon Fraser, no less! I watched the Trust trailer when Kaiser posted it and thought it looked interesting (plus it scratched my Donald Sutherland obsession). I hope it does well for both Brendan and Hilary. I’ll be watching.




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  1. Cher says:

    Whether she could afford round the clock care for her Father or not is one thing, but if she wanted to be hands on and/or to spend the time with her Father, she made that choice. It was hers to make.
    I say good for Hilary, for taking the time off to take care off and/or to there for her Father.

    • manda says:

      My father passed away two years ago. If I had had the ability to stop work and go and be there for him before he died, I would have. I think it’s a wonderful thing. I don’t think people realize how hard it is to lose a parent until it happens. I know Hilary’s dad didn’t die, but this is a big deal, he could have.

  2. Lala says:

    For me…the only reason to have money is to do what you want…and if I could be with my loved ones for however long without problems…I would do it in a heartbeat…but the dictator thang…DID stick to her like glue for a while…and I mean..A LONG WHILE…cause she did film work even after that…

  3. Millenial says:

    She’s won two Academy Awards, she should be a bigger deal than she is. I guess this explains part of it, but not all of it IMO.

  4. lucy2 says:

    She is a talented actress, hope her new show is good.
    Glad her dad is doing well, and that’s wonderful she was able to be his caregiver. She’s fortunate to have the job and finances to take that time off.

  5. SLP says:

    I really liked seeing her in Logan Lucky and was wondering where she had been all this time!

  6. Mila says:

    I had a friend undergo a lung transplant. She was in so much pain…. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. She also passed away a few weeks following the procedure. It felt like she had fought so hard for nothing.

  7. SAm says:

    I’ve been a fan for a long time. She seems like a decent person.