Star’s animal attraction
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.