Q&A: Hilary Swank Talks Expecting Twins and Her (Possibly) Mexican Heritage in ‘Alaska Daily’ – Houston Chronicle | Episode Movies

Hilary Swank in a scene from the new series Alaska Daily.

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Hilary Swank says she has two things in common with Eileen Fitzgerald, the investigative reporter she plays on Alaska Daily.

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They are both strong women and, most importantly, they are both “truth seekers”.

“The truth is so important to me. I like to find the truth in my character. I like finding the truth in people. I call her an investigative truth seeker. We have that in common,” says Swank, 48.

Alaska Daily premiered in October and follows Eileen as she moves from New York to Anchorage. There she begins working on stories about missing and murdered tribal women, a plot that mirrors real life. The show airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC and streams on Hulu.

Swank, a two-time Oscar winner, opened up about the show, her new pregnancy and her possible Mexican heritage.

What was it about this script that made you decide to do it?

It was mostly Tom McCarthy. I’m a big fan of his since The Station Agent. I just feel like he’s such a talent and has such a great voice. But also the fact that the first episode was about something that I think is not only important but also essential to share with the world in a broader way, which is the missing and murdered indigenous women. It’s something I knew before the show, but a lot of people don’t know. It’s just appalling, it’s appalling, it’s unbelievable that this is happening in 2022 and nobody is doing anything about it. It’s clearly a systemic problem. i love entertainment I love my job so much. And when you shed light on something that requires a conversation, it’s a win-win.

I imagine you’re always trying to find something in a character to relate to yourself. did you do this

Yes, great question. There are a few things. I feel like a strong woman. I definitely speak my mind. But there are definitely times I hold back when I wish I had said something. She just speaks her mind. I wish I had a little more of that chutzpah in me. But I am definitely a truth seeker. The truth is so important to me. I like to find the truth in my character. I like finding the truth in people. I like to cheer for the underdog and she’s that person. I call her an investigative truth seeker. We have that in common.

Congratulations on your pregnancy announcement: twins! Have you already thought about balancing work?

There are waves of “Oh, yes, this is happening.” You know you’re pregnant, but all you really have to offer is morning sickness. It’s still so early that I don’t feel anything yet. i’m growing There are those moments where it hits you where they’re like, ‘Okay, we’re going to switch here and we’re going to change the plot a little bit to accommodate that. That’s another: “Oh, yes, it happens.”

I have to ask the hard-hitting question. Have you thought of a theme for the baby room?

Not really. All of a sudden it was like, “We’ve got to start thinking about this.” When I broke the news on Good Morning America, we got a couple of offers: “Oh, we want to get you a stroller.” Strollers hadn’t even crossed my mind. I’m still thinking about maternity tops. And then with two it’s like doubling everything.

You play a journalist on the show. Was that ever something you considered?

No, I’m not a writer. It’s a talent I’d like to have. By the way, with singing. Oh boy I wish I could sing It just seems like it feels so good to just open your lungs and sing. But I have no talent for writing. I definitely need a written word to be able to connect emote and me. I really appreciate writing. I also appreciate good journalism. I really, really love the form of real life stories and learning something new, whether it’s through local journalism or global journalism.

I would never have gotten into singing. I’m trying to remember if you’ve ever sung in a movie.

I’ve sung in Stuff before, but it was just my character not being a singer. I sang “PS I Love You” for a minute. But I’m definitely not a singer.

No surprise album like Beyoncé coming out soon.

No! Oh god, like Beyoncé! dreaming.

I can imagine the constant attacks on journalists making a writer’s portrayal feel even more immediate.

That’s definitely one of the themes of the show. Episode 7 is about the demonization of journalists and the perspectives of both sides. Why would anyone do that? Where are they from that make them feel threatened? And then the journalist just trying to find out the truth. The truth can hurt people sometimes, right? People will want to put them down and hurt them and do things that are horrible because they don’t want that truth to come out. I just have a lot of admiration for journalists, more than ever. You can immerse yourself in these people’s shows and walk with them and see through their eyes. In a way that scratches the surface, of course, but it blows your blinders on in how you go about the world and how you see and explore. It sure is a scary time now.

Even with a concert review you can get really angry.

That’s really true. I mean, look, I’m not a journalist, and if I make a post on Instagram that people don’t agree with, (understand) the vitriol. I don’t know if it’s because people aren’t face to face? Would they actually say that if they were face to face but hiding so they think it’s easy? I think people forget that there are people on the other side and not just words on a screen.

do you like social media Or does it feel like a part of the job?

No, I don’t feel like I have to do it. Nobody has ever asked me to. I initially did it because I have friends who do it. I don’t own a computer. I don’t really like being on my phone, so I don’t post very often. I’m only on Instagram. But when I do, I enjoy the conversation. There are people who are super entertaining on their Instagram. But I don’t have the bandwidth.

This is mostly out of personal curiosity, but your maternal grandmother is of Mexican descent, is that correct?

Yes! We were told that she is from Spain. Then we were told she might be Mexican. She grew up in San Diego. Her last name was Dominguez. But it’s hard to trace back. I am told that she is also indigenous, perhaps from the Shoshone tribe. Do you remember the show “Who do you think you are?” When I contacted them, they said, “We’re in the process of cancelling.” I really don’t know how to research something like this to find the real background. I’m interested in this for a number of reasons.




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    Joey Guerra is music critic for the Houston Chronicle. He also covers various aspects of pop culture. He has reviewed hundreds of concerts and interviewed hundreds of celebrities, from Justin Bieber to Dolly Parton to Beyonce. He has appeared as a regular correspondent on Fox26 and was head judge and director of the Pride Superstar singing competition for a decade. He has been named multiple Journalist of the Year by both OutSmart Magazine and the FACE Awards. He also covers various aspects of pop culture, including the local drag scene and “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.

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