Swank Braves Storm on New Movie
October 19, 2005

Academy Award winning actress Hilary Swank invited "Extra" to go behind the scenes of her new supernatural thriller, "The Reaping."

In the film, Swank plays a woman known for debunking myths. Her character travels to a small Texas town that appears to be getting hit by the ten deadly plagues. "This is an edge of your seat kind of movie," Hilary says.

Recently, however, filming was hit by an all-too real disaster: Hurricane Katrina. "All my family was worried, but the movie wasn't going to put us in a position to jeopardize our safety," Hilary tells "Extra." Of the many members of the New Orleans crew who lost everything in the storm, Hilary says, "Seeing them go through such sadness and turmoil has been heart wrenching."

After the Hurricane hit, the crew stopped shooting for a week, and Hilary took that time to help the victims of the deadly storm. "I wish I could do more. I wish I could do more. I wish I could go help and clean their houses," gushes the actress.

But this down to earth star, who once lived out of a car herself, knows she is living a blessed life, and she hopes somehow, someway, filming this movie right near the devastation of Katrina might help people get back to normal.

"I'm filming a movie. I'm living my dream. I'm happy to be down here and I'm happy to being some entertainment to people who hopefully need it," explains Hilary. "The Reaping" will hit theatres next year.

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