Hugh Grant Gets Real About His 'Embarrassing' Coronavirus Symptoms Earlier This Year
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Hugh Grant has spoken super-candidly about what it was like when he was diagnosed with COVID-19 earlier this year.
During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actor revealed that he and wife Anna Eberstein contracted Covid-19 "way back in winter" and thankfully, still have the antibodies necessary to protect them from another bout.
Grant said the symptoms began as "just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat,” adding that it felt “like a poncho of sweat – embarrassing really.”
He continued: "Then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and this feeling as though an enormous man was sitting on my chest – Harvey Weinstein or someone. I thought, ‘I don’t know what this is.’ Then I was walking down the street one day and I thought, ‘I can’t smell a damn thing’, and you start to panic.”
Because at the time it wasn't known that loss of smell was a common Coronavirus symptom, Grant recalled being understandably freaked out. So to test his sense of smell, he said he “started sniffing in garbage cans," then admitted: "You know, you want to sniff strangers’ armpits because you just can’t smell anything. I eventually went home and I sprayed my wife’s Chanel No. 5 directly into my face. Couldn’t smell a thing, but I did go blind.”
Well, we certainly can't fault his honesty! On a happier note, Grant has recovered fully and is currently starring opposite Nicole Kidman in buzzy psychological thriller series The Undoing. You can also check out this feature rounding up 7 reasons why he's the gift that keeps on giving.
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