Hilary Swank reveals reason why she took 3 years off from acting: her father

We're so glad she's back!
by Randee Dawn / / Source: TODAY

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She's a two-time Oscar winner, but just where Hilary Swank has been hiding herself since 2015?

Actress Hillary Swank poses on arrival for the film premiere of 'New Year's Eve' at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood on December 5, 2011. The movie opens in theaters on December 9.
Swank at a premiere for "New Year's Eve" in 2011.Getty Images

The actress is back in the new FX series "Trust," but she's kept a low acting profile for the past three years — for a good reason.

She's been taking care of her father, retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Stephen Michael Swank, who moved in with her after a lung transplant. And on "The Late Show" Tuesday, she gave host Stephen Colbert an update.

"He's great, thank you for asking," said the 43-year-old actress, who won her Oscars for "Boys Don't Cry" in 2005 and "Million Dollar Baby" in 2000. "For those of you that don't know, my dad got a lung transplant. It's the hardest surgery a person can undergo and I thank all the people who make themselves a donor. It saves lives."

She announced in 2015 she'd be dialing back her career, telling Entertainment Tonight, "There's been job opportunities that I've passed on ... But I mean, really, what we're here for is our family, right?"

Swank didn't entirely given up amassing credits in that time, but severely curtailed her projects. As she added, "There's been a couple projects that are beautiful, but in the end, there's nothing I want to do more other than being with my dad in his time of need. You can't get this time back."

When Colbert praised her for being such a lovely daughter, she immediately replied, "What a lovely dad he is."

Like father, like daughter.

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