Salma Hayek revealed in a new interview that her private battle with COVID-19 came dangerously close to death.
The 54-year-old Academy Award winner opened up to Variety about her near-fatal battle with the virus early in the pandemic, revealing that she spent about seven weeks isolated in a room of the UK home she shares with husband, Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault, 58, and their 13-year-old daughter, Valentina.
“My doctor pleaded with me to go to the hospital because it was so bad,” Hayek explained via Zoom call to the publication. “I replied, ‘Thank you, but no.’ I’d prefer to die at home.'”
Hayek, who was on oxygen for a time during her illness, has not yet regained her full energy.
Fortunately, her subsequent role in Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci,” as the clairvoyant convicted of assisting Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) in orchestrating the 1995 murder of her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), required little time commitment.
It was precisely what she required to ease herself back into regular work following her recovery.
“It wasn’t a long period of time,” Hayek explained. “It was simple. It was the ideal job for reintroduction. I had attempted Zooms at one point, but I was limited to a certain number due to exhaustion.”
Hayek joins a long list of celebrities who have contracted and recovered from COVID, including her close friend Antonio Banderas, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Kevin Hart, Kanye West, Neil Patrick Harris, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Alyssa Milano.