P.S. I Love You role allows actress to show more of herself
Putting on eye-catching dresses and stylish shoes instead of piling up muscles and bruises was a real enticement for Hilary Swank to sign on to the new film, P.S. I Love You.
“I consider myself a pretty girl’s girl. I like putting my dresses on and stuff, so it was fun to explore that (type of character),” Swank told Metro recently in Beverly Hills.
“I’ve had so many physical challenges from putting on 19 pounds of muscle (for Million Dollar Baby) to playing a boy (in Boys Don’t Cry) to playing a real-life schoolteacher (in Freedom Writers) and a lot of different roles where I don’t really get to play me.”
There was also the added appeal of taking a break from her heavier — albeit Academy Award-winning —roles.
“This movie was just very different from anything that I’d done,” Swank said. “I love doing drama — I love it, love it, love it — but it was really fun to do something romantic and comedic.”
In P.S. I Love You, the two-time Oscar winner plays Holly Kennedy, a woman trying to deal with life following the untimely death of her husband, Gerry. Along the way she receives a lot of love, laughs and support from her friends and family, along with some unexpected help in the form of a series of letters Gerry wrote for her before he died.
“I think it’s beautiful,” Swank said of the idea of Gerry’s letters. “I think it’s such a great gift.
“It’s a reminder of how great love can feel and how important it is to hold the people you love close and not take them for granted because you never know what’s going to happen tomorrow.”
The role pairs Swank up with no less than three handsome leading men: Gerard Butler (300), Harry Connick Jr. (Will & Grace) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy) — a true treat, according to the star.
“Well, it’s not a hard day at the office, I’ll tell you that,” she laughed. “They’re all so kind and sweet and we had so much fun on this movie.”
Amid the procession of intense and heady award-calibre fare being released over the holiday season, Swank said she’s glad to have a turn on a film that just aims to entertain.
“This season there are a lot of dark movies out there — there’s not a lot of light out there — so it’s kind of nice to be the light,” she said.
P.S. I Love You opens in theatres today.