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Ato Essandoh as Dr. Kwesi Weisberg-Abban in Away. (Photo: Diyah Pera/Netflix)
Ato Essandoh as Dr. Kwesi Weisberg-Abban in Away. (Photo: Diyah Pera/Netflix)

TV: Away is now streaming in SA

Away is the new series taking off on Netflix and tells the fictional story of the first team of astronauts who travel to Mars on The Atlas. 

"The role of Emma was definitely a challenge to take on," says Hilary Swank, who takes on the lead role of Emma Green in Away. 

"What she has to navigate through as a commander and the trust she has to build within her crewmates, the decisions she has to make to follow through going on this mission while her family is in such need of her down on earth, the emotional and physical tolls it takes to go into space, are all things that I was super excited to embark on as an actor. I loved it. I love playing characters who give me such a challenge."

She adds: "What's interesting about this show is having a female commander and how that person leads with some vulnerability and not seeing that as a weakness, but seeing that as a strength and then how she navigates that and how she leans on the people that are in place to help her through those ordeals and those challenges is, I think, something that is great to watch unfold."

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