Star’s an­i­mal at­trac­tion

Sunday Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

SIX-YEAR-OLD Amer­i­can staffy Nano was none the wiser when Hol­ly­wood su­per­star Hilary Swank dropped by for a cud­dle. The same can­not be said for staff mem­bers at the An­i­mal Wel­fare League’s Wing­field dog res­cue shel­ter.

The Academy Award-win­ning ac­tor – who starred in Mil­lion Dol­lar Baby and Boys Don’t Cry – dropped by last Sun­day to pay a visit to staff and their furry friends.

An­i­mal Wel­fare League spokes­woman Sabine Kloss says staff were shocked when she walked through the door.

“We had a phone call that a cou­ple of peo­ple were com­ing in, but there was no men­tion of who or what,” Sabine says.

“It was un­usual that peo­ple would make a phone call be­fore­hand and then she just walked in. She was a re­ally per­son­able, car­ing, warm and gen­uine – it was just won­der­ful to see.”

Dur­ing her short visit, Hilary toured the Wing­field shel­ters and posed for pho­tos with staff mem­bers.

“She was very happy that we didn’t have a large num­ber of dogs in the shel­ter at that time,” she says.

“She liked the fact that we had toys and in­di­vid­ual shel­ters for our dogs be­cause in the US they have four dogs in each pen.”

Hilary is in town to star in sci-fi thriller I Am Mother, which is be­ing filmed at South Aus­tralian Film Cor­po­ra­tion’s Glen­side stu­dios. The film is about a gen­er­a­tion of hu­mans raised by a mother robot fol­low­ing the ex­tinc­tion of mankind.

Hilary is a “dog lover”, ac­cord­ing to her In­sta­gram page, which fea­tures sev­eral pho­tos of her pets Sufi and Ro­man. Shel­ter staff now hope Nano will be adopted out to a lov­ing fam­ily due to his new-found Hol­ly­wood fame. Sarah Boulaz­eris.

The Syd­ney-based cou­ple were guests of Myer. Kris, sport­ing the Jeff Banks la­bel yes­ter­day, is the depart­ment store’s menswear am­bas­sador.

Sarah is a strength and con­di­tion­ing coach and while not Kris’s fit­ness trainer, she ad­mit­ted to keep­ing him in shape.

“This is my beau­ti­ful part­ner, we have kept it quiet for a bit and got to know each other a bit bet­ter and here we are,” he says.

“I thought I would bring Sarah to the races be­cause she had never ex­pe­ri­enced the races be­fore. We met through a mu­tual friend. I had a year by my­self and Sarah had a few years by her­self. We are get­ting on well and it is lovely to be here to­day to­gether.”

Hav­ing charmed Ten view­ers while tak­ing part in ear­lier this year, Kris is now prepar­ing for a guest pre­sent­ing stint on fill­ing in for Dr Chris Brown. Spend­ing time with son Ethan is also on his Christ­mas to-do list.

“He is get­ting big, he is seven now. I can’t be­lieve how quickly time has (flown),” he says.

CA­NINE CAPERS: Hol­ly­wood star Hilary Swank dur­ing her sur­prise visit to the An­i­mal Wel­fare League’s Wing­field shel­ter.

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