But after her work commitments wrapped up, the actress found time for some rest and relaxation.
Hilary stretched out by the pool at her luxury hotel in Positano, showing off her fabulous toned body in a skimpy black bikini.
The sweet life: Hilary Swank looks in her element as she reclines near the pool by her luxury hotel in Positano, Italy
The 36-year-old star looked glamorous in oversize black sunglasses and a headscarf to keep back her hair as she lazed on a lounger and dipped her feet into the cool water.
Her bandeau two-piece showed off her flat stomach, slender arms and toned legs to perfection.
Hilary protected her porcelain complexion from sunburn by sticking to the shade next to a large potted plant to read her book Sarah's Key.
Million Dollar Body: The Oscar winner showed off her fabulous toned figure as she dipped her feet in the cool water
The novel is about an American woman who discovers her Parisian apartment was once owned by a Jewish family deported to Auschwitz in 1942 - it was made into a film last year starring Kristin Scott Thomas.
Swank is in holiday mode after wrapping up filming commitments for the ensemble comedy New Year's Eve.
The film also stars Michele Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Lea Michele, Halle Berry, Katherine Heigl and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Fit: Hilary looked svelte as she wandered around the pool area and chatted to her friends
Off duty: Hilary took the opportunity to chill out with her friends after attending a film festival
It has just been announced that Hilary has signed on to star in a film-version of the graphic novel Shrapnel.
The film is set in the year 2250, when humans inhabit most of the solar system, which is controlled by an oppressive government called The Solar Alliance.
Swank will star as Samantha Vijaya, a former military officer of the Solar Alliance, who leads a rebellion against the government on the planet Venus.
Work and play: The 36-year-old attended the 41st Giffoni Film Festival in Giffoni Valle Piana