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

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