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Hilary Swank Reveals What She Really Thinks About Journalists

The Oscar winner for Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don’t Cry stars in the new drama series Alaska Daily (Oct. 6 on ABC). Swank, 48, plays Eileen Fitzgerald, an investigative journalist seeking redemption at a newspaper in Anchorage after a story she’s pursuing causes her dismissal from her high-profile job in Manhattan.

What’s your take on Eileen?

I call her no-nonsense, and she doesn’t suffer fools. I don’t think she’s rude; she’s very New York, very matter-of-fact, and she calls people on what she feels is BS. She’s hell-bent on continuing to reveal that the article she wrote was true, that her source was good and to keep digging deeper into that specific investigation.

Missing women is at the heart of Alaska Daily.

When she goes to dinner with her old boss, who’s courting her to come to Alaska, Eileen sees pictures of these women, and understands—as she starts doing research—that this is a huge, horrific situation, and nobody is investigating. Another woman disappears and gets forgotten, and another. Even saying that gives me chills. There’s no world in which that should ever be happening, especially now in 2022.

You’ve had some incredible roles. When you play them, do you ever absorb parts of your character?

You can’t help but do that, especially with the roles that I’ve been so blessed to play. I play a lot of real-life people who blow open my blinders of how I look and walk in the world. Of course, that’s going to forever change the way I see and view things. It’s such a gift.

A lot of actors are doing streaming television now. What was it about Alaska Daily that made you agree to do something for broadcast TV?

[Executive producer/creator] Tom McCarthy asked me if would I read this. And I was like, “Yeah, of course.” I love his work. I didn’t know that it was network. As we started going down the road creatively, he’s like, “Oh, by the way, this is for ABC. I feel like this is the right home for it.” And I was like, “You know what, you’re the creator; if that’s how you feel, that’s great.”

It’s nice to have a network that believes in the story we’re telling. There’s a lot of wonderful material out there that now has a place because there are more places than ever. But it is nice to be back to basics, on network television, and have streaming, because we are on Hulu as well.

How do you perceive journalists?

They’re truth-seekers, investigators of the truth. And if something’s been debunked for someone who spent five months investigating, I think the person feels there’s like a moral responsibility to continue to get this information out.

You didn’t create Alaska Daily, but you have an executive producer credit. How do you see your role as an executive producer? Do you ever go into the writers’ room?

Very much part of the creative process. And yes, getting in the writer’s room and helping with character developments across the board, [how the] story aligns, and all of it. But I do a lot of that too, in my film work as a producer. It’s really a work in progress until it’s a locked picture.

On your Instagram, you mentioned that you just filmed back-to-back movies. In one, Mother’s Milk, it looks as if you play a journalist again. How is that different from Alaska Daily?

They’re very different, because you don’t really see me as a journalist in Mother’s Milk. You don’t see me actively as a reporter. It’s more of a thriller about losing my son, who gets murdered, the spiral down of that, and trying to figure out what happened to him. So it’s not specific journalistic work, it’s just her trying to figure out what happened to her son.

And then the other film is Ordinary Angels, based on the true story of a struggling hairdresser who rallies her community to help a widowed father with a critically ill daughter.

It’s really inspirational. It’s a true story of a real-life angel who sees this young girl in need, who needs an organ transplant. And she’s like, “I’m going to help.”

You mentioned earlier that there’s so much more content now on television. Do you see that there’s a lot more roles for women of the type that you would like to play, that you fought to play in your career?

Oh, yeah, 100 percent. I feel like I was so lucky because I got to play a lot of women years ago that were ahead of their time and doing things that were ahead of their time. I don’t know how else to say it. Real trailblazers. I can look back now and say for the last 30 years that’s been a wonderful trajectory of my career, and certainly a tremendous blessing for me as a person and as an artist. Thankfully, now, because of that, I think people continue to give me those opportunities and I am grateful for it every day.

You once said, “I cut coupons and believe in buying toilet paper and toothpaste in bulk. It’s who I am.” Is it still who you are?

I was raised in a way to make ends meet, and that’s just in your bones. Why wouldn’t I look for a deal? I’m a human being. I work hard for my money. Growing up the way I did, we needed our dollars to go as far as they could. Why would I want that to be different now?

You’re a big animal lover. Is there a cause that you’re involved in at the moment with an animal organization?

I work with a lot of different charities, but I have my own charity that I’m working with right now called Hilaroo, which is my name and my late dog’s name Karoo put together. It brings together kids who have been given up on and animals who have been abandoned, to help heal each other.

How many pets do you have now?

I have five dogs, two parrots, two horses.

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Hilary Swank Searches for Answers in ABC’s ‘Alaska Daily’ First Look

Hilary Swank is looking for answers. The Oscar winner stars in ABC’s upcoming fall drama, Alaska Daily, where she plays investigative journalist Eileen Fitzgerald, and only ET exclusively premieres the first official teaser and key art.

From creator Tom McCarthy, Alaska Daily follows Eileen, described as “a fiercely talented and award-winning investigative journalist who leaves her high-profile New York life behind after a fall from grace” to join a daily newspaper in Anchorage, Alaska, as she goes on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.

In ET’s exclusive first look at the teaser, Eileen finds herself embroiled in a years-old cold case involving the death of a missing woman who was abducted when she was just a teenager. As Eileen gets deeper and deeper into the underbelly of the investigation, she learns that there’s more to the case and perhaps unsavory reasons why the police and the courts aren’t interested in seeking justice.

“Good journalism is what somebody doesn’t want you to know.” Well, she’s definitely on the road to finding that out.

Alaska Daily also stars Jeff Perry as Stanley Kornik, Matt Malloy as Bob Young, Meredith Holzman as Claire Muncy, Grace Dove as Rosalind “Roz” Friendly, Pablo Castelblanco as Gabriel Tovar, Ami Park as Yuna Park and Craig Frank as Austin Teague.

Alaska Daily premieres Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.


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Alaska (ABC) Teaser Promo


From the mind of Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”), “Alaska” stars Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a recently disgraced reporter who leaves her high-profile New York life behind to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.

Alongside Swank, “Alaska” stars Jeff Perry as Stanley Cornik, Matt Malloy as Bob Young, Meredith Holzman as Claire Muncy, Grace Dove as Rosalind “Roz” Friendly, Pablo Castelblanco as Gabriel Martin, Ami Park as Jieun Park and Craig Frank as Austin Greene.

Tom McCarthy is creator and executive producer. Hilary Swank, Melissa Wells, Bert Salke, Kyle Hopkins (Anchorage Daily News) and Ryan Binkley (Anchorage Daily News) are executive producers on the series. “Alaska” is produced by 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios.

The pilot episode is written and directed by Tom McCarthy.

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Hilary Swank’s ‘Alaska’ Picked Up To Series At ABC

The Disney-owned network has picked up Hilary Swank-fronted drama Alaska (fka Alaska Daily News)

Alaska, which scored a pilot order in September, stars Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a recently disgraced reporter who leaves her high-profile New York life behind to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.
It comes from Spotlight and Stillwater director Tom McCarthy and is produced by 20th Television.

It also stars Jeff Perry as Stanley Cornik, Matt Malloy as Bob Young, Meredith Holzman as Claire Muncy, Grace Dove as Rosalind “Roz” Friendly, Pablo Castelblanco as Gabriel Martin, Ami Park as Jieun Park and Craig Frank as Austin Greene.

McCarthy, who wrote and directed the pilot episode, and Swank exec produce alongside Melissa Wells, Bert Salke and Anchorage Daily News’ Kyle Hopkins and Ryan Binkley.

Source: https://deadline.com

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Hilary Swank Could Be Coming Back As Julie Pierce on Cobra Kai

There might be another karate kid stopping by the dojo. Cobra Kai’s creative team teased the potential appearance of Hilary Swank on the show at Deadline’s Contenders Television event on Saturday. “I always say if you’re a fan of The Next Karate Kid and you want to see Julie Pierce who Hilary Swank played,” co-creator Hayden Schlossberg said, “we’re the show to watch to see if that happens.” The fifth season of The Karate Kid spinoff wrapped filming in December 2021. The Netflix series has so far brought back various characters from the Miyagi-verse, including Elisabeth Shue’s Ali Mills and Thomas Ian Griffith’s Terry Silver. As a former student of Mr. Miyagi, Julie-san seems like another obvious option. “Anything is possible,” Schlossberg reiterated. “Julie Pierce is one of the toys in the toy chest, so we’ll see.” That coy statement is probably the closest to a confirmation fans can hope to get. “Maybe we’ve met her, maybe we’ve worked with her, maybe we haven’t,” co-creator Jon Hurwitz told Fandom last year, adding that a Swank appearance would remain a question “until either she shows up or the series ends.” Well, it’s not over yet.

Source: https://www.vulture.com