Hillary Swank has opened up about the very personal reason behind her three-year career break from acting.
In a new interview with Red for our October issue, Swank – who plays NASA astronaut Emma Green in new Netflix drama Away – said the decision to take a break from films came after her father had a lung transplant in 2015 and moved in with her to recover.
'What was supposed to be a year quickly became two, and then three, because there were lots of complications,' she explained, adding that he is still living at the home she shares with her entrepreneur husband Philip Schneider but doing much better. 'We had a lot of touch-and-go moments, but he's now thriving, independent and doing very well.'
Asked whether she worried about taking a career break to care for him, Swank said she didn't hesitate.
'There is nothing more important than health,' she explained. 'If someone is struggling, everything else just falls to the side. I feel like that's what we're here to do, to be there for our loved ones.'
The experience has since changed the double Oscar winner's perspective on life. 'It's made me worry less about the little things,' she told Red. 'It's cliched, but it's cliched for a reason. There are so many things we stress over that should never take up our time or energy.'
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