Hilary Swank Has Revealed That She Developed Severe Claustrophobia While Filming The Recent Netflix Series Away

Hilary Swank Has Revealed That She Developed Severe Claustrophobia While Filming The Recent Netflix Series Away

In Away, Swank plays an astronaut on a long-haul journey into outer space. On Instagram, the Oscar-winning actor explained the toll that the role had taken on her wellbeing, with the time spent inside a spacesuit causing particular distress.

Swank as Emma Green in the ninth episode of ‘Away’ on Netflix (behind the scenes)

Swank as Emma Green in the ninth episode of ‘Away’ on Netflix (behind the scenes)(Netflix)

“I have never, not once in my life, had a phobia,” she wrote. “Until now. And I’m gonna be honest, I never understood them, I always thought ‘get over it, it’s just a spider, etc. walk away.’”

“Until l, of course myself, became severely claustrophobic. To the point my entire body broke out in sweat and I was drenched within 30 seconds and my face looked like a very ripe tomato…and I almost passed out while trying on my finished spacesuit and helmet for the first time.”

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I have never, not once in my life, had a phobia. Until now. And I’m gonna be honest, I never understood them, I always thought “get over it, it’s just a spider, etc. walk away.” Until l, of course myself, became severely claustrophobic. To the point my entire body broke out in sweat and I was drenched within 30 seconds and my face looked like a very ripe tomato…and I almost passed out while trying on my finished spacesuit and helmet for the first time. It is not just mental, it is very physical. BUT, our mental minds do control a lot, if not everything. After six months, I was not able to overcome my claustrophobia, but I was able to come to a type of meeting of the minds with it. When we calm our minds and sit with the fear, NOT try and push it away, we can sit with it in a different way, that makes it “doable”. Playing an astronaut in AWAY made me push into the sharp edges in a way I never thought it would. This was such an important lesson for me…in so many ways. I hope that in sharing this you might feel less alone in whatever it is that takes over your mind and therefore body. Be patient with yourself. #WeAreNeverInThisAlone #Away

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Swank followed this by explaining that “our mental minds” are able to “control a lot, if not everything”.

She stated that while she had not managed to “overcome” her claustrophobia within the six months of filming, she had worked to “come to a type of meeting of the minds with it”.

“Playing an astronaut in Away made me push into the sharp edges in a way I never thought it would,” she continued.

“I hope that in sharing this you might feel less alone in whatever it is that takes over your mind and therefore body,” she added. “Be patient with yourself.”

All 10 episodes of Away are currently available to stream on Netflix.

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