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Hilary Swank’s perspective on life, love changed after caring for ailing father

Illness changes things. It changes how we live. What we care about. Who we make time for.

For Hilary Swank, who moved her father into her Los Angeles home three years ago as he underwent a risky lung transplant, it also changed how she dated.

“It’s almost a great way to weed out people,” says Swank, 44, who recently married social venture entrepreneur Philip Schneider. ” ‘Wait, you live with your dad?’ The reaction to that helps you move through things faster.” She and Schneider, who were set up on a blind date, have “that same ethos and belief in being there for your family,” she says. “That started it off right.”

Familial devotion is at the heart of Swank’s latest film, “What They Had,” one of the first roles she took after caring for her father. In the multi-generational drama, Swank plays Bridget, a long-distance daughter coping with her mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s. Her father (Robert Forster) argues he can care for his wife (Blythe Danner) better than the Chicago memory-care facility that his son (Michael Shannon), who lives nearby, is advocating. It’s Christmas, and no one has the answers.

Swank says little prepares you for becoming an aging parent’s proxy. “There were moments when I was taking care of my dad where you’re not confident, when you know that in helping make a decision, (it) could be good or bad – and that was something you were going to have to live with, no matter which way it went. So it was scary.” Continue reading Hilary Swank’s perspective on life, love changed after caring for ailing father

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Hilary Swank on the Power of Female Voters: “The Population of Women is Greater Than Men”

The actress urged women to vote in the upcoming midterm elections at the L.A. premiere of her film, ‘What They Had.’

Hilary Swank isn’t messing around when it comes to her voting rights. At the L.A. premiere of her new film, What They Had, the actress called on women to force political change by participating in the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 6.

“Everyone needs to take a stance for what they believe in by using their right and privilege to vote,” Swank told The Hollywood Reporter at the Westwood iPic theaters. “When we don’t show up at the polls, we’re sending a message that other people can be decision-makers, and if we really want to evoke change, we have to come together and vote. Bottom line is, the population of women is greater than men, and if we all voted we’d have the majority.”

Women came out in force on the carpet — and in spirit — for the indie drama about a family coping with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Swank, who stars in and exec produces the film, was flanked by both her onscreen daughter, Taissa Farmiga, and writer-director Elizabeth Chomko. Continue reading Hilary Swank on the Power of Female Voters: “The Population of Women is Greater Than Men”