Salma Hayek on COVID-19 battle: Hollywood actor Salma Hayek revealed recently that she had once spent about seven weeks in isolation at home and was also put on oxygen at one point due to coronavirus. Hayek said that she had contracted the virus early on in the pandemic and almost ended up in the hospital.
Calling it a near-fatal experience, the 54-year-old actor told Variety that her doctor urged her to go to the hospital to receive treatment because her condition was that bad. “I said, ‘No, thank you. I’d rather die at home,’” she said, opening up about her battle with COVID-19. She is currently shooting for Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, however, the actor revealed she still doesn’t have the energy she once had. Hayek will be seen alongside Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Al Pacino, Jack Huston, Jeremy Irons and Reeve Carney in the film.
The Mexican-American actor is married to Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault and has a 13-year-old daughter, Valentina. She is now among the celebrities who have publicly shared their experiences about their COVID-19 battles throughout the pandemic last year. While keeping her diagnosis private, last November, Hayek posted on social media a video montage of the many times she had to do swab tests for the coronavirus.
Hayek had opened up about writing her 2017 New York Times essay about being harassed by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, who allegedly asked her for sexual favours, “physically dragged” her out of a party and even threatened her life.
On the work front, Hayek will also feature alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, which is a sequel of the 2017 film, The Hitman’s Bodyguard. It is directed by Patrick Hughes. The actress will also be seen in Marvel’s The Eternals.
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