Hilary Swank opens up about taking 3-year hiatus from acting to take care of ailing father

Hilary Swank is happy to back at work after taking some much needed time off from acting.

In 2015, the 43-year-old actress announced that she would be leaving the limelight for a while to take care of her father, Stephen Swank, who started living with her after getting a lung transplant.

Hilary made an appearance on The Late Show on Tuesday and was asked by host Stephen Colbert to give an update on her dad's health.

"He's great, thank you for asking," she shared. "For those of you who don't know, my dad got a lung transplant. It's the hardest surgery a person can undergo and I thank all the people that make themselves a donor, it saves lives."

Swank continued, "They had 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."

The two-time Oscar winner doesn't seem to have any regrets about her break from acting. "Yeah, I took three years off to be with him and help him through that life journey," she said. When Colbert praised her for being a great daughter, she replied, "Well, what a lovely dad he is."

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1994 Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita As Mr. Miyagi And Hilary Swank As Julie Pierce In 'The Next Karate Kid.' (Photo By Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Hilary Swank (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 02: GROWING PAINS - 'There Must Be a Pony' - Season Seven - 11/2/91, Sasha (guest star Hilary Swank) and Ben (Jeremy Miller) joined Luke (Leonardo DiCaprio) on his first day of high school., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Actor Chad Lowe and actress Hilary Swank attend the Eighth Annual American Comedy Awards on March 6, 1994 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
THE SLEEPWALKER KILLING -- Pictured: Hilary Swank as Lauren Schall -- (Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Hilary Swank (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Gwyneth Paltrow & Hilary Swank during 6th Annual Women In Hollywood Luncheon at Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Hilary Swank (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Hilary Swank (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Hilary Swank and actor Chad Lowe attend 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' Westwood Premiere on October 7, 1996 at Mann National Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Hilary Swank (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Hilary Swank (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Hilary Swank and actor Chad Lowe attend the 'Kissing a Fool' Westwood Premiere on February 18, 1998 at Mann Plaza Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Hilary Swank attends the 37th Annual New York Film Festival - 'Boys Don't Cry' Screening on October 1, 1999 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Hilary Swank attends the 1999 Emery Awards and the Henrick-Martin Institute's 20th Anniversary Gala on November 29, 1999 at the Altman Building in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Hilary Swank (wearing Versace) at the 2002 New York Film Critics Circle's 68th Annual Awards Dinner at Noche in New York City. January 12, 2003. Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images.
Hilary Swank during Holiday Shopping Spree at Henri Bendel Benefits Hetrick Martin Institute at Henri Bendel in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 15: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress Hilary Swank answers questions from the audience during the Q & A following the Variety Screening Series - 'Million Dollar Baby' at the ArcLight Theater on December 15, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Hilary Swank during 2003 Whitney Museum of American Art Gala, Celebrating Ellsworth Kelly's 80th Birthday at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)
Hilary Swank during 'Freedom Writers' Press Conference with Hilary Swank at The Regency Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
Hilary Swank and Harry Connick Jr. during Hilary Swank and Harry Connick Jr. on Set of P.S., I Love You - November 27, 2006 at Tribeca in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actress Hilary Swank with Emile Hirsch at the Los Angeles premiere after party of Focus Features' 'Milk' held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 13, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hilary Swank appears on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3962 -- Pictured: Actress Hilary Swank during an interview on January 6, 2011 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 17: Actress Hilary Swank attends the inaugural amfAR India event at the Taj Mahal Palace Mumbai on November 17, 2013 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 01: Ruben Torres and Hilary Swank attend DuJour Magazine's Jason Binn Celebrates Annual Art Basel Miami Beach Kick-Off Party presented by Blackberry PRIV & 50 Bleu at Delano Beach Club on December 1, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for DuJour)
US actress Hilary Swank arrives on the red carpet to attend the closing ceremony of the 39th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival in the Egyptian capital on November 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 17: Hilary Swank poses during day two of the Liberatum Mexico Festival 2018 at Monumento a la Revolucion on March 17, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 17: Hilary Swank poses during day two of the Liberatum Mexico Festival 2018 at Monumento a la Revolucion on March 17, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Swank has always had a servant's heart when it comes to taking care of her father, and even described being able to be there for him as "an honor" when she spoke with HuffPost Live in July 2015.

"There's been job opportunities that I've passed on ... But I mean, really, what we're here for is our family, right?" she said. "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."

Swank has now returned to acting and stars in FX's Trust, premiering on March 25.

 

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