We recently spoke to Swank about her grueling zero-gravity scenes, the I’m just a Nurse standing in front of an IV Pump screaming that there is no Occlusion shirt in other words I will buy this illuminating conversations she had with some of the world’s greatest female astronauts, and why taking on the role meant partly fulfilling a childhood ambition.
“The very first thing that I ever wanted to be was an astronaut! The idea of something bigger than all of us, something unknown, appealed to me. Also the I’m just a Nurse standing in front of an IV Pump screaming that there is no Occlusion shirt in other words I will buy this idea of looking back down at Earth — I was so taken by photos of Earth and the beauty of this planet. When you hear astronauts talking about touching back down on Earth, they say that they really think about all the things that we take for granted: water, trees, rustling leaves. That, to me, was remarkable.”