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Alaska Daily: Hilary Swank lied to hide her pregnancy on set

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ABC’s Alaska Daily Hilary Swank stars as Eileen Fitzgerald, a former New York journalist whose downfall landed her at a small newspaper in Anchorage, Alaska. And while filming the drama series, Swank revealed she was pregnant with twins. However, the actor had to keep the news a secret at the start of production.

the Alaska Daily Premiere introduced Eileen Fitzgerald, played by Hilary Swank, as a respected reporter working for a successful New York news outlet. She was about to spread a story about a corrupt candidate for Secretary of Defense – Raymond Green. Eileen found a source who claimed Green was selling guns to the enemies, and she published the story.

The day after the play went live, Eileen’s source went AWOL. Her company removed the article from the site and Eileen’s reputation fell. Eileen split from the news source and began writing a book about Green, who had been sworn in as Secretary of Defense. And that’s when Stanley Cornik reappeared in her life.

Stanley was Eileen’s former boss and he offered her to work for him again, but this time on Daily Alaskan in Anchorage. She initially refused, but later agreed upon learning of the story she would be writing. An indigenous woman named Gloria Nanmac had been murdered a few years earlier and the case had never been solved.

Upon arriving in Alaska, Stanley teamed up with Eileen and Roz Friendly, much to their downfall. But after working out some issues in their partnership, the two are determined to raise awareness of the crisis of missing and murdered tribal women.

Hilary Swank performed The Late Late Show with James Corden to discuss January Alaska Daily. And during the interview, the actress shared a story about how she lied to the show’s crew.

“In my first trimester, the first 12 weeks, nobody knew I was pregnant,” Swank explained. “You work 15-hour days. It is no joke. And in the first trimester you are so tired. My character was a jogger; she did this all the time for the exercise. But to do a minute or two on screen, it takes two hours. You want it from this angle, from this angle. You will walk for two hours. I thought, ‘Oh my god. I’m pregnant. I can’t tell anyone.’”

She continued, “So I was like, ‘I’m a really bad runner. I need a stunt double to walk with.” And they said, “Huh? You need a stunt double to walk with?’ And I’m like, ‘Yes. Really bad.’ And we were in the newsroom, so they said to me, ‘Show us.’ And I was like, ‘Okay. How do I look like a really bad runner? I really have to sell this, so I’m getting my stunt double.’ But I was running, and these four guys all looked at each other and said, ‘Yeah, you need a stunt double.'”

Whenever fans watch Eileen jog Alaska Dailynow they’ll know it’s not really Hilary Swank.

Alaska Daily Episode 6 ended on a cliffhanger when Concerned Citizen confronted Hilary Swank’s character in the newspaper. He brought a gun and looked like he wasn’t afraid to use it. Unfortunately, we won’t know what happens next on the show until February.

Alaska Daily Episode 7, “Enemy of the People,” picks up where the fall finale left off. And based on the preview, the concerned citizen will be holding Eileen hostage while a SWAT team surrounds the building for the hour to come.

Alaska Daily Episode 7 airs Thursday, February 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC. In the meantime, fans can watch the first six episodes on Hulu.

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