Will Hilary Swank Give Humanity Another Opportunity in This #1 Brand-New Series on Netflix?

When Hilary Swank signed on to the new Netflix series Away, she gave herself another opportunity to make the world a better place on the screen. Projects like this are nothing new for Swank, who previously saved the world in the cheesy, albeit poignant disaster film The Core. For an actor who, at one point, wanted to become an astronaut, it’s a real example of art allowing someone to enact their biggest dreams. Now, with Swank going to outer space, she has an opportunity to live out something she wanted since she was a kid. 

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Swank becomes a star 

Swank has been acting since she was just a child. She started with small television roles before getting her first major star turn in the wildly popular Karate Kid series. However, the film was a critical bomb. On the bright side, Swank was introduced to the world in a significant way after laudable, but primarily forgotten television work before it. 

Before long, Swank got more roles. Her arc in Beverly Hills, 90210, showed that she could hold her own with an already-established franchise. It was her 1999 turn in Boys Don’t Cry that changed everything. Swank went from an up-and-coming actor to an Oscar-winner practically overnight. As such, she began to get more lucrative roles in films like Insomnia and The Core, according to IMDb

In 2004, Swank won yet another Oscar for her work in Clint Eastwood’s boxing film Million Dollar Baby. This certified her place as one of the best actors in Hollywood. Not long after her Oscar win, Swank lightened her workload for a variety of reasons. However, she has recently taken on a string of roles that prove that she didn’t lose a step during her break.

Saving the world 

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When Swank was a child, she already loved acting. However, that’s not where her ultimate goal was. Like so many young kids who dream of outer space, Swank wanted to become an astronaut. 

“I actually wanted to be an astronaut before I wanted to be an actor,” Swank said in an interview during the Television Critics Association panel. “When I sat down with Jason, Jessica, and Andrew, I told them. I was like, ”You may not believe this, but I’m not just saying this because I really like this show. I wanted to be an astronaut.” The whole idea of space exploration, something bigger than all of us looking back down at earth and how beautiful it is and how we’re all connected and how there’s no borders. There’s no boundaries.”

Eventually, when her acting career took off, Swank settled into becoming one of the most recognizable actors on the planet. Still, that drive to become an astronaut helped her land roles that got her closer to her dreams than most could ever dream of. That drive has let her save the fictional world on more than one occasion, too. 

Swank saves the world

Away is not the first time that Swank helped do the unthinkable to save the world. In the science-fiction thriller The Core, she played a scientist that used her expertise to help offset the damage done by an impending disaster caused by the earth’s core failing to continue its spin. Swank was an astronaut who helped in a mission not to space, but the center of the earth. 

Although the stakes are not as high in her latest project, the role in Away is just another step on the ladder that Swank laid down herself. Actors take on parts for a variety of different reasons, but some are more personal than others. Swank’s new role in Away will put her just a little closer to her childhood dream, and it’s likely she won’t disappoint in her quest on-screen. She achieved her mission in The Core, but Swank’s fans will have to watch and see if she repeats it in her newest role.