Highland Park native Jeff Perry plays reporter with Hilary Swank on ‘Alaska Daily’

CHICAGO (WLS) — “Alaska Daily” is ABC’s new hit series. It stars Jeff Perry, best known for his role as the villainous Cyrus in “Scandal.”

The actor grew up on the North Shore and is one of the founders of the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. He spoke with ABC7 about playing a reporter with Hilary Swank.

Stanley Cornick is the editor of an Alaskan newspaper who has recruited a top investigator for his team. He said he drew inspiration for the role from Chicago’s strong journalism heritage.

“Growing up and reading the Mike Roykos, the Studs Terkels and some of Chicago’s journalism legends, up to today, like you!” said Perry.

“He’s been doing this for so long, he knows the ins and outs,” added Swank. “He’s hilarious, he keeps it light on set, he’s just a bullet, and he’s so talented, he’s so good on the show.”

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“Hilary Swank, the rest of this cast, how could you not be amazed at this combination of work ethic and talent?” said Perry.

But Stanley is a little different from Cyrus.

“Stanley, for his part, is trustworthy and he’s honest,” Perry said. “Cyrus is a troublemaker. He has spent more time studying the devil than he has ever spent studying an angel.”

Perry said he’s grateful to be at a point in his career where he can play rich and rewarding characters.

“Wait, I can do this until I drop,” Perry said. “If I can remember the lines and can walk, I can do it. What a joyous thing, I can be in the carnival until the end!”

You can watch “Alaska Daily” Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on ABC7.

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