Hilaria Baldwin bundled her six children in her car and set off without a destination in mind, once she heard her husband Alec had accidentally shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust.”
“I didn’t know where I was going, I just drove,” Baldwin told The Post Saturday during an exclusive interview in Vermont. “I just drove around and around and around with my kids.”
The family was seen leaving their Greenwich Village home Oct. 22, a day after the tragic shooting.
Hilaria tells said she drove for an entire day in search of somewhere out of the public eye, before settling on ski town Manchester, Vermont.
Alec Baldwin spoke publicly about the tragedy for the first time earlier Saturday, with Hilaria by his side, from a Vermont roadside.
Hilaria hoped to be able to protect her husband from scrutiny surrounding his involvement in the accidental fatal shooting, and wanted to keep her children away from the glare of news media.
“I drove around for an entire day trying to find a place.”
It’s not clear when her husband joined her in Vermont.
Hilaria worries Alec will develop post-traumatic stress disorder after the incident which killed cinematographer Hutchins, 42, and wounded director Joel Souza, 48.
“I brought [Alec] up here because we have to mourn Halyna’s death,” she said. “Alec had a really traumatic thing happen, and I am trying to limit the PTSD.”
“You look at what happens to soldiers and police officers when something like this happens, it’s traumatic. We just came up here for quiet.”
Asked whether Alex would act again, Hilaria was hopeful but not certain.
“He needs space for me to take care of him and his mental health,” she said. “It’s an awful thing that happened. Alec feels awful.”
The Baldwin family is sweating out the results of the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s investigation of the fatal shooting.
“There’s going to be no answers until we hear the results of the investigation,” she said. “We don’t know what happened, and we have the same questions as everyone does. We want answers faster than anyone. We have to have respect for the process of the authorities.
“Alec has done movies with guns for 40 years. Nothing like this has ever happened. There should be zero probability of that ever happening.”