Ireland Baldwin reflects on father Alec Baldwin’s emotional state after filming ‘Rust’ cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
The 64-year-old, who denied responsibility for the Hutchins killing, fatally shot the Ukrainian native last year.
“It’s so heartbreaking,” the 26-year-old model said in a new interview with Red Table Talk published Wednesday.
“My dad is suffering tremendously and I love him and I can’t imagine how he feels and what’s going through his mind but the whole situation is just so devastating,” she added.
Ireland appeared on the talk show hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith alongside her mother Kim Basinger, 68.
She explained that while the traumatic situation played a role in manifesting her anxiety, she said she’s become more “defensive” about her famous father. “I was more angry, like with people’s reactions… I was in full defense mode,” Ireland explained.
Basinger addressed Baldwin’s own anxiety and how the two found it “difficult” to deal with their daughter’s anxiety.
“We had our challenges. And I don’t think Alec was emotionally or mentally available for those kinds of conversations. You know, Alec’s life is very different,” said the LA Confidential actress.
Ireland interjected, saying Baldwin confronts his fear in different ways. “He’s very good at dealing with fear, but he’s someone who grew up in a family that also suppressed that or told him he was weak because that’s how he feels,” she noted.
“There are things I would go to my dad for, but if I ever tried to have that conversation with him in any way, I don’t think he would be able to really absorb any of it,” she said Catwalk Queen.
She continued: “He can’t really sympathize but it’s not his fault and he’s doing much better. I mean, I think he’s really been repressing his fear, like he’s been up until recently. He really grappled with things that were kind of thrown at him. He was forced to finally deal with these things.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Ireland also admitted that she doesn’t think she would have a career in modeling if she didn’t have famous parents.
“You have a lot more to prove because you’re always going to have that comparison with your parents,” she claimed.
“I don’t think I would have ever been discovered as a model if it wasn’t for my parents,” she continued. “Nothing makes me peel my fingernails like doing a Basinger-Baldwin spread in a magazine and then facing the criticism and the comparisons. And then this fear is extremely toxic for me.”