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Hilary Swank: Don't take life for granted

Academy Award winner Hilary Swank is determined to make the most of life because she's unsure what the future holds.

Hilary Swank is starting her bucket list now, as she doesn't know how much longer she's got to spend with those she loves.

The Oscar-winning actress keeps a relatively low profile when it comes to her personal life, instead letting her work do the talking. In an interview with Britain's The Independent newspaper she shared her new mantra, in part triggered by helping her father recover from a lung transplant recently.

“Whenever I’m thinking about somebody that I love, I pick up the phone or I immediately text them and say: ‘I want you to know that I’m thinking about you'," she explained. "That’s become a really important thing to me...

“None of us know what’s going to happen from one moment to the next and I think that’s one of the things we have to be able to do, to never take a moment for granted. Today, I’m living my bucket list. Life is short and we have to make the most of it every day. If you were told you had a year to live, how much different would you live your life than maybe some of the things we take for granted or we worry about?"

Work is also important to Hilary and her two best actress Academy Awards for Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby only confirmed her talent in front of the camera. Her passion for performing began when she was just nine years old at school, writing a skit and acting it out in front of her classmates.

"That was my moment of, ‘My gosh, I love this,'" she recalled. "I felt so alive. At nine years old I didn’t realise that I could do that with my life; that I could become an actor. My teacher wrote to my mom on my report card: ‘Hilary has a real talent for this. I think you should support it and have her do some school plays.’”

Hilary, 41, has two new projects in the pipeline for fans to look forward to; TV series The One Percent and movie Spark. But she's still hoping to reunite with Clint Eastwood once more after he directed her award-winning turn in Million Dollar Baby.

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