Hilary Swank may have starred in the recently released film, New Year’s Eve, but the 36-year-old Hollywood actor admits that December 31 doesn’t hold much significance for her. “I have become like a grandma now. I don’t even stay up till the clock strikes twelve,” says Swank, who prefers to spend that time of the year reflecting on the months gone by and relaxing with the people she loves.
She adds, “Since I don’t stay up that late, I just watch the ball drop (celebrations at Times Square) on TV because I’m in Los Angeles and at 9 pm, the ball drops and we all go, ‘Happy New Year!’”
Her New Year celebrations usually include a quite dinner at a friend’s place. “Then we talk about what we want to have happen next year. Sometimes, we write down what we want, fold it up and bring it back the next year,” says the actor, who is known for her roles in films like PS I Love You (2007) and Million Dollar Baby (2004) apart from various others.
In Warner Bros’ New Year’s Eve, Swank plays the part of Claire Morgan, who works for the Times Square Alliance, a company that is in charge of dropping the ball at midnight and maintaining general cleanliness.
Calling the film a cakewalk, as her character doesn’t die for once, Swank jokes, “I didn’t have to learn an accent, gain weight or lose weight. I didn’t have to box or pass off as a boy. I was at a loss as to what to do with myself. I was like, ‘Really? All I have to do is learn lines?’”
The multi-star cast film, directed by Garry Marshall also stars Robert De Niro and Halle Berry. “It was my first time working with Robert. He is kind and funny,” she says, talking about her co-stars.