Alec Baldwin’s wife Hilaria has shared a brief glimpse into the family’s new life in rural Vermont while ‘checking in’ with concerned fans in the wake of the actor’s fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his latest film Rust in New Mexico.
The 37-year-old yoga instructor, who shares six children with her actor husband, posted a video montage of their kids spending time together in and around their remote New England retreat, where they are riding out the storm of controversy surrounding the tragic death of Alec’s colleague Halyna, whom he accidentally shot dead on October 21.
Although Hilaria did not address the incident directly in her caption, she offered some reassurance to any ‘worried’ Instagram fans, explaining that the family is focusing on ‘being together’, while sharing several light-hearted clips of her children enjoying the sights and sounds of their new home.
Alec features just once in the 36-second video, in an image that shows him cradling the couple’s youngest child, Lucia, who was born via surrogate at the start of this year. The father-and-daughter appear to be sitting in a golf cart, with the baby girl staring at the camera, while Alec is only seen from the back.
‘Checking in and sharing a few moments. Being together,’ Hilaria wrote alongside the video. ‘I know you worry. We love you and miss you.’
Alec Baldwin’s wife has shared a light-hearted glimpse into the family’s life in rural Vermont – where they have been trying to ride out the storm of controversy surrounding the actor’s fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
The 37-year-old posted a video montage of the family’s time in Vermont on her Instagram account where she offered some reassurance to concerned followers about their wellbeing, saying: ‘I know you worry… we love and miss you’
Hilaria said that the family is focusing their time on ‘being together’ in her post, which featured several images and clips of the children spending time in their new home and soaking up the sights and sounds of the surrounding area
Alec made just one brief appearance in the video, in an image that shows him cuddling their youngest child Lucia – who was born via surrogate earlier this year
Cinematographer Hutchins, 42, was fatally shot with a prop gun fired by Alec on the movie set in New Mexico on October 21
Other clips and videos featured in the montage show the couple’s children playing outside with two dogs, going for walks in the New England countryside, and posing up with some alpacas.
The couple has been seen out and about on a number of occasions since relocating to Vermont last month
She also included several scenic videos that capture the surrounding area, including some fall foliage and a few cows standing in a field, as well as a picture of the family’s Bengal cat, Emilio, lounging in a baby highchair – less than a week after the feline went missing following the Baldwins’ move to Vermont.
The cat was recovered just hours after Hilaria revealed he had gone missing – following a frantic search that saw Alec combing through the woodland near the family’s temporary home in a desperate attempt to find the feline.
After Emilio’s safe return home, the yoga instructor took to Instagram to share an update with her followers, while taking a snarky dig at ‘the paparazzi’ and the media, whom she accused of hounding herself and Alec in the wake of the Rust tragedy.
‘We found him. Thank you to all of those who helped. I’m so grateful, beyond words,’ she wrote alongside a photo of the cat in a travel carrier.
‘I won’t mention you because the paparazzi and tabloid media are calling every single connection to us, and I don’t want you to be harassed too, in their frenzy to make more money. As I write this, there are people, taking my picture, through the trees of the property we are staying at.
‘They have not respected our ask to have space, even after the interview we pulled over to do the other day. We have been chased around in cars—with our children. Several scary moments…this is dangerous. Please listen.’
Despite her pleas for privacy, Hilaria’s latest Instagram post featured several images from inside the couple’s new home – as well as various shots of the surrounding area.
The couple moved their six children (seen on Halloween) to rural Vermont in the wake of the deadly shooting on October 21, when Alec accidentally killed his colleague Halyna while rehearsing a scene with a Colt gun that had live rounds in it
Despite the devastating circumstances surrounding their move, Hilaria’s post featured several positive moments, showing the kids enjoying the local area, playing with dogs, and visiting alpacas
Hilaria and Alec’s two youngest children, Edu and Lucia, were seen feeding one another while sitting in the kitchen of their rural hideaway
It is unclear how long the family is planning to stay in Vermont, however Alec himself has said it is unlikely his latest movie Rust will ever be completed following the shooting
The light-hearted post comes just one day after another tragedy struck the cast and crew of Rust. On Sunday, it was revealed that a crew member had been hospitalized and could lose his arm after he was bitten by a venomous spider while shutting down the movie set following the fatal shooting.
Jason Miller, a lamp operator and pipe rigger, was working to wind down production of the film after cinematographer Halyna was fatally shot by Alec, when he was bitten by a brown recluse spider – a venomous spider that is native to North America.
Within days, Sky News reported, Miller started experiencing severe symptoms, including necrosis of his arm, which occurs when cells die, and sepsis.
A fundraising page set up to pay for his health care expenses says: ‘He has been hospitalized and endured multiple surgeries each day as doctors do their best to stop the infection and try to save his arm from amputation.
‘It will be a very long road to recovery for Jason if the medical team is able to save his arm.
‘If under worse circumstances, he loses his arm, this is a life-changing and devastating event for Jason and his family.’ That page now appears to have been taken down.
A spokesperson for the Rust producers, including Alec, told Sky News in a statement: ‘We do not comment on individual members of the cast and crew’s private matters.’
The set of the western film has been shut down since Hutchins, 42, died on October 21 after Baldwin pointed and fired a Colt pistol at her while rehearsing a scene.
Baldwin himself has said it is unlikely the low-budget movie will ever be completed.
Baldwin, who also served as a producer for the movie, was handling the vintage gun on the set of Rust in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when it accidentally discharged – killing the mom-of-one and wounding director Joel Souza.
The gun was supplied by the armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed and checked by the assistant director David Halls, who told Baldwin it was a ‘cold gun,’ meaning it had blanks.
Hilaria gave birth to Edu in September 2020, and the couple welcomed baby Lucia via surrogate just five months later
The video also featured several shots of the area surrounding the couple’s Vermont hideaway, including fall foliage and some cows standing in a field
Hilaria featured a picture of the family’s cat Emilio in the post, which was shared less than a week after the feline went missing after moving to Vermont with the Baldwins
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos showed Alec searching the area surrounding their Vermont home in a desperate attempt to find the Bengal cat – who returned home a few hours after Hilaria reported him missing
Gutierrez-Reed’s lawyer, Jason Bowles, told the Today Show that ‘She’s heartbroken, and she’s just devastated by what’s happened. ‘
Bowles previously told NBC News that the young armorer had ‘no idea where the live rounds came from’ and never witnessed anyone shooting live ammunition on set.
Gutierrez-Reed was set to receive less than $8,000 for her job on the set, compared to $650,000 the producers set aside for themselves and a $350,000 contingency fee in case anything went wrong.
Baldwin was also slated to earn $150,000 as the lead actor, and his production company, El Dorado, was taking a $100,000 fee, while Hutchins was budgeted to earn $48,945.
The independent movie had a modest overall budget of just $7,279,305, according to a draft of the production budget dated September 8, which was revealed by the Hollywood Reporter.
In the weeks since the shooting, several former crew members have spoken out about the unsafe environment on the set.
Lane Luper, who served as the film’s A-camera first assistant, said he quit one day before the fatal shooting because employees were being overworked, COVID-safety was not being enforced properly and gun safety was poor.
‘I think with Rust, it was the perfect storm of the armorer, the assistant director, the culture that was on set, the rushing. It was everything,’ he told Good Morning America about the events that led up to the fatal shooting.
‘It wasn’t just one individual. Everything had to fall into place for this one-in-a-trillion thing to happen.’
He then disputed the producers’ claim that safety was a top priority on set, saying, ‘I only personally remember two safety meetings that involved the entire crew.’
Luper ultimately accused the film’s production of breaking the cardinal rule of having guns on set, which he said was, ‘There shall never be live rounds anywhere on a studio lot, or stage or set.’
The family fled to Vermont to ride out the controversy surrounding Hutchins’ tragic death; the Rust set has been shuttered ever since and it is understood that shooting will not resume
Hilaria’s latest Instagram post comes just one day after it was revealed a crew member had been hospitalized and may lose his arm after being bitten by a venomous spider while closing up the set
He also choked up when describing the late Halyna Hutchins, saying ‘She genuinely was something special.’
In his letter of resignation, Luper said there had been two accidental weapon discharges on set and one accidental sound-effects explosion that went off around the crew.
‘There have been NO explanations as to what to expect for these shots. When anyone from production is asked we are usually met with the same answers about not having enough time to complete the day if we rehearse or that ‘this is a 21 day shoot,’ Luper wrote in the letter.
He added that the crew grew exhausted of long commutes from the set to their lodging, which for some more than two hours away.
‘In my 10 years as a camera assistant I’ve never worked on a show that cares so little for the safety of its crew,’ Luper said.
Luper also told Sky News he decided to speak out because he wanted to make clear that, in his opinion, Hutchins’s death was caused by cutting costs and cutting corners.
‘Halyna’s death was so preventable by simply following industry safety rules that had been in place for literally decades,’ he said, adding: ‘I have never felt more unsafe on set or off set.
‘I’ve never felt I was more in danger of dying on the set or on the drive home, I was so exhausted.’
He said the production team put potential profit above the safety and welfare of the crew, noting: ‘The crew themselves worked very hard, but I don’t think they were necessarily respected by the producers.
‘This set was unsafe simply because they didn’t have the wherewithal to follow safety rules that we have in this industry.’
Luper added that there ‘were no rehearsals, there were no safety meetings to explain what the next shot was, which is also a requirement every time you use firearms.’
In a statement to Sky News, a spokesperson for the producers hit back at his claims, saying: ‘Mr. Luper’s allegations around budget and safety are patently false, which is not surprising considering his job was to be a camera operator, and he had absolutely nothing to do with it or knowledge of safety protocols or budgets.
‘As we continue to cooperate with all investigations, we are limited in what we can say,’ the spokesperson continued. ‘However, safety is always the number one priority in our films and it is truly awful to see someone using this tragedy for personal gain.’
But Sky News also obtained a resignation letter sent by another crew member who quit the film, citing what he said was a disregard for safety around firearms by the film’s assistant, Dave Halls.
‘I also feel anxious on set,’ the crew member, who Sky News did not name, wrote in an email to a production manager.
‘I’ve seen first-hand our AD rush to get shots, and he skips over important protocols.
‘I have tinnitus in my right ear, and he often rushes to shoot, I’ve had more than a few occasions where I have been close to the weapons being fired with no regard to my hearing.
‘Sometimes he rushes so quickly that props hasn’t even had the chance to bring earplugs and he rolls, and the actors fire anyway.
‘I feel torn because I like the show and my team, but for many reasons I have to walk away for my own health and safety,’ the crew member said.
Last week, Baldwin fired back at the claims that the working conditions on the set were unsafe, though, sharing a social media post from one crew member slamming her coworkers for painting a ‘blatantly false’ picture of the set as ‘chaotic and unsafe’.
Baldwin shared a screenshot of the post written by costume designer Terese Magpale Davis to his Instagram account with the caption: ‘Read this.’
‘I am so sick of this narrative,’ Davis wrote in her post. ‘I worked on this movie. The story being spun of us being overworked and surrounded by unsafe, chaotic conditions is bull***t.’
Davis’ post refuted many of the complaints of crew members – including that they routinely worked more than 12-hour days.
‘We never worked more than a 12.5 hour shoot day. That was once,’ Davis wrote.
‘Most days were under 12. The day Halyna died we had come off of a 12 hour turnaround after an 11 hour shoot day. We had (including camera) gotten off by 6:30pm.’
Davis continued, sharing that the fatal shooting that occurred on set will haunt her for a long time. She notes that she is angry at Dave Hall, the assistant director who handed Baldwin the gun, but would not accuse him of not caring about safety.
‘I am heartbroken and furious,’ she wrote. ‘I will never get the sound of that gunshot or my director’s screams out of my head as a result.’
‘My friend is dead. Am I angry at him? Yes. But I won’t jump on the bandwagon and pretend that he was uncaring about our safety the whole way through.’
Baldwin had remained silent about the incident on Rust prior to sharing the post.
He issued a public statement the day after Hutchins’ death in which he indicated that he was cooperating with authorities and offered his condolences to her family. He also held an impromptu press conference with his wife on Saturday.
His silence was also reflected in his social media accounts, until Saturday when he appeared to return to some of his typical online behaviors.
His sharing of Davis’ post is the first publicly-made indication that he doesn’t agree with the narrative crew members have created.