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Hilary Swank puts career on hold as she becomes 'caretaker' for her father

Published 03/07/2015 | 08:17

Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank

Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank is her father’s “sole caretaker”.

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The 40-year-old actress’ parent Stephen Swank has been recovering from a recent lung transplant.

Actress Hilary Swank (L) arrives at the Life Ball in front of the city hall in Vienna on May 25, 2013. The Life Ball is a charity gala to raise money for people living with HIV and AIDS.
Actress Hilary Swank (L) arrives at the Life Ball in front of the city hall in Vienna on May 25, 2013. The Life Ball is a charity gala to raise money for people living with HIV and AIDS.

And as Stephen fights back to health, Hilary has put her career on hold to look after her dad.

“My dad is living with me… I'm his sole caretaker right now," Hilary said during a chat on Wednesday with HuffPost Live. "He's an easy guest."

Hilary has had a hugely successful career, including winning an Oscar for her role in 2004 movie Million Dollar Baby.

But she said she has no regrets about focusing entirely on her father as he recovers.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Hilary Swank attends the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Hilary Swank attends the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

"It's a certain amount of time [to serve as a caretaker], but in a lifespan it's a blink of an eye," she said. "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."

The stunning actress has had a difficult relationship with her father over the years. But now she has the opportunity to bond with Stephen, she is relishing the chance to form a closer relationship with him.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Actress Hilary Swank attends the broadway opening night of
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Actress Hilary Swank attends the broadway opening night of "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" at the St. James Theatre on December 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

"You can't get this time back, and I'd look back and regret not taking care of him in this time. It's a true honour," she said. "It's easy to hang out."

Hilary hasn’t put all of her work on hold, however. On Thursday, the actress was seen doing the rounds of television studios in New York to promote her work with a military children’s charity.

Actress Hilary Swank and actor Leonard DiCaprio poses with their awards for
Actress Hilary Swank and actor Leonard DiCaprio poses with their awards for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama" and "Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama" during the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

USO’s Comfort Crew for Military Kids has teamed up with Duracell to provide children with parents in the armed forces with teddy bears which feature their mother and father’s voices inside.

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