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Hilary Swank States She Has Become Severely Claustrophobic After Filming Of ‘Away’

Two-time Academy Award-winning Actress Hilary Swank took to Instagram in order to share her ‘Away’ experience that brings her a phobia.

The actress, who currently portrays a NASA astronaut who is the commander of the Atlas mission in Netflix’s series, uploaded a series of photos that sees her in an astronaut suit and helmet, during filming.

Alongside the photos, Swank wrote that she had never a phobia before ‘Away’ and added:

“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.”

Then the actress stated that she was not able to overcome her claustrophobia, and she tried to push it away.

“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.”

The ‘Million Dollar Baby’ star implied that she did not regret accepting the role even though it pushed her limits. She concluded her words as follows:

“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”

‘Away’ can be seen on Netflix.

Check out the aforementioned Instagram post here.

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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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