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Hilary Swank on playing a female commander

Hilary Swank on playing a female commander
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Hollywood star Hilary Swank says her upcoming space drama Away, about the first human expedition to Mars, is representative of the multi-racial real world unlike the “myopic” stories of the past decades that were typically told through the white male lens.

The two-time Oscar-winner plays American astronaut Emma Green leading an international crew to the red planet while struggling to cope with the guilt of being away from her teenage daughter and sick husband in the Netflix show, which starts streaming from September 4.

The actor said she loved the fact that the 10-part series features not only a female commander as in charge of the mission but also includes different races and genders.

“Not just space dramas but also shows in general… We have seen a plethora of shows over the last many decades being told through the white male lens, which is so myopic,” Swank said when asked about the predominant white male lens in American space dramas and movies.

“This is the real world. We have an LGBTQ storyline as well. This is finally representative of what’s happening when you walk down the street. And to see it through that lens, to me that is extraordinary,” she said.

The 46-year-old actor said the US astronaut community has an equal mix of both the genders. Swank said she hopes young women watching the show will feel inspired and believe that they can have it as a “career and vocation if they choose”.

Away, she said, encapsulates what it would be like “when you are going on a mission to Mars”.

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