Spotlight on Oscar winner Hilary Swank
The Oscar winner hits the small screen in the gripping crime drama Trust
A MATTER OF TRUST The show is about the 1973 kidnapping of US oil tycoon J Paul Getty’s teenage grandson, John Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson), by the Italian mafia.
When they demand a ransom for the 16-year-old his uber-rich grandfather, played by Donald Sutherland, refuses to pay it. It’s up to his mother, Gail Getty (played by Hilary), to get him home.
The 43-year-old actress says she’s always preferred doing movies rather than TV as she finds it claustrophobic to play the same character over a long period, but the 10part mini-series was perfect for her. “I loved it. I’m in eight episodes.”
Having grown up poor in a trailer park she says she’s fascinated by the opulence of the Gettys’ lives. “To think this billionaire made so much interest on the money he had in the bank in one day that he couldn’t even count it . . . And his fear of losing it . . . It’s a fascinating breakdown of a person.” TV COMEBACK She last appeared in a TV series more than 20 years ago. Cast as single mom Carly Reynolds in Beverly Hills 90210, she had a two-year contract – but was fired after 16 episodes.
“They sacked me because I wasn’t a good enough actress. I was devastated. I thought, ‘If I’m not good enough for 90210, I’m not good enough for anything. I’ll never make it’.”
But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it freed her up for the true-life movie Boys Don’t Cry. Her portrayal of transgender Brandon Teena, who was raped and murdered in 1993, earned her a best actress Oscar and launched a stellar career.
She went on to bag a second Oscar in 2004 for her role as a boxer in Million Dollar Baby. She also won acclaim for her portrayal of pilot Amelia Earhart in the 2009 biopic Amelia. TIME OFF Trust is the first job she took on after a three-year break from acting to take care of her dad, Stephen Swank, a former US Air Force sergeant, after he underwent a life-saving lung transplant.
She says she had to say no to a few great projects but “in the end there’s nothing I wanted to do more than be with my dad in his time of need. I mean, really, what we’re here for is our family, right?”
It also proved to be a time of selfreflection. “It brought up things that I needed to work on. A lot of it was just being able to sit down. I’m a go, go, go person. So for me the lesson was how to be still.”
She returned to work last year and after Trust did two indie films, the crime caper Logan Lucky with Channing Tatum and the drama 55 Steps with Helena Bonham Carter.
Trust is on M-Net (DStv channel 101) on Tuesdays at 22:00 and on CatchUp