Swank, 37, appears in the 2011 star-studded romantic comedy "New Years Eve." The Oscar-winning actress plays Claire Morgan, a producer for the Times Square ball drop in New York City. Swank's character is often frazzled with tons of responsibility -- something Swank says she can relate to.
"For me, I just feel like she was so relatable," Swank told OnTheRedCarpet.com's Rachel Smith at the premiere. "The idea of having a responsibility -- a job, and wanting to be able to just really fulfill it and not let anybody down - I feel like I can relate to that, you know?"
"I think the whole idea of New Years Eve is something I really relate to [too]," she added. "The idea of having a second chance to be better, and to be a better person, to love more, be more in the moment -- it's just another opportunity, and I think its life in a nutshell."
Swank went described how in her own life, she chooses not to put too much pressure on the evening itself.
"I used to put a lot of pressure on it -- you know you think, I want to ring in the New Year just perfectly," Swank said. "If this is perfect, then the rest will fall in line. And then you just realize that nothing is perfect, and I usually would just end up in my car like 'Happy new year.' So just being in the moment with my friends and family is now what I do."
Swank recently raised eyebrows and controversy for attending a concert held in Chechnya in honor of the 35th birthday of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov on October 5. The actress has since spoke out and admitted that she didn't "know where she was going."
"New Year's Eve" boasts a star-packed cast that includes the likes of Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Josh Duhamel, Alyssa Milano, Sof?a Vergara, Seth Meyers and Robert De Niro.
The film is directed by "Valentine's Day" director Garry Marshall and the scripts of both films were penned or co-written by Katherine Fugate. "New Year's Eve" also pairs up other well-known stars. Bon Jovi plays the ex-boyfriend of Katherine Heigl, while Zac Efron portrays the love interest of his former "Hairspray" co-star Michelle Michelle Pfeiffer.
"New Year's Eve" opened in theaters on December 9, 2011. Watch the trailer below.