Hugh Grant, after having passed the coronavirus: “It was like having Harvey Weinstein on you”

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, more and more celebrities have publicly announced that they have contracted the disease. Many of them have also been encouraged to speak in depth about their experience during the infection, sharing with their followers the symptoms suffered and the after-effects after having recovered.

Hugh Grant was the last major Hollywood celebrity to give his personal testimony about COVID-19, and without a doubt, it has been one of the most original when it comes to talking about its effects. During a virtual interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his new series with Nicole Kidman, ‘The Undoing’, The 60-year-old interpreter acknowledged that, in February last month, both he and his wife, Anna Elisabet Eberstein, presented a series of symptoms that were consistent with the diagnosis of the coronavirus.


Then, the actor did not take any test, but just a month ago the antibody test was carried out, thus confirming that the disease had passed. Showing off his famous sense of humor, Grant said: “We have the antibodies. I’m quite proud of them. “

The British did not hesitate to joke when explaining what he felt when he was infected. “I had terrible sweat, it was like a sweat poncho. Embarrassing, really. Then my eyes weighed as if they were three times as big and it felt like a huge man was sitting on my chest.”. And taking the joke even further, the actor claimed that this metaphorical ‘huge man’ was like “Harvey Weinstein.”


However, it seems that it was the loss of smell that most disturbed the interpreter, who related that one day, walking down the street, he realized that he was unable to smell anything. “I started to panic because by then people were starting to talk about this as a symptom. I started sniffing flowers, nothing. I got more and more desperate “he explained, before charging back with more jokes: “I started sniffing garbage cans and then I wanted to smell strangers’ armpits, because you can’t smell anything. In the end, I went home and I sprayed my wife’s Chanel Number 5 perfume directly on my face. I still couldn’t smell anything but I was half blind. “