India, Sept. 3 -- Oscar-winning actor Hilary Swank said that Kalpana Chawla was among the many real-life icons who inspired her to play astronaut Emma Green in the Netflix space drama Away. Chawla was the first woman of Indian origin to go to space. She died in 2003, in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

"I do know of her," Swank told Hindustan Times. "All the research I've been doing about all the astronauts, they've greatly inspired me." She said that astronauts know "that they have a 50-50 chance, and it's a part of their job, and a part of their journey, knowing that they can lose their lives." She said that she has an "admiration for anyone who is willing to go to those extremes."

In Away, Swank's character leads a three-year mis...