Swank ‘fell off chair’ with `Million Dollar Baby` offer

Updated: Nov 01, 2010, 09:13 AM IST

London: Hollywood star Hilary Swank ‘fell off her chair’ when iconic actor-director Clint Eastwood offered her a role in `Million Dollar Baby`.

The `PS I Love You` star, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of struggling boxer Maggie in the 2004 film, said that she has always been inspired by Eastwood and was caught unawares when he picked her to play the part, a website reported.

"When I heard about the part, I about fell off my chair because Clint has been making movies longer than I`ve been alive and I`ve grown up watching his movies and I`ve been inspired by this man and moved by him.”

"He`s the first person who ever made me blush. I turned as red as an apple when I first met him and then instantly felt at ease - we started talking like we`d known each other forever. He believes in people," said the 36-year-old actress.

Swank also insisted that she didn`t get involved with the film industry for the awards and accolades but winning Oscars in 1999 for `Boys Don`t Cry`, in which she portrayed a transgender man alongwith `Million Dollar Baby` rendered her
"speechless".

"I didn`t become an actor for those reasons but it`s something that leaves you speechless - to be recognised in a field that you`ve always dreamed of being a part of, to have your peers and critics give you something that is the epitome.

I don`t even know how to explain what it feels like," she said.

"I don`t know if it`s ever really sunk in. I look at my Academy Awards and I`m just in awe of the fact that I`ve had the chance to play such rich, deep, emotional people when there aren`t a lot of great roles like that for women," Swank added.

PTI