"My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad."

Salma Hayek is sharing her experience with COVID-19, saying that she had been diagnosed early on during the pandemic and nearly passed away. In an interview with Variety, Hayek said that she'd tested positive, but decided to keep it a secret until now.

Hayek's symptoms were so severe, she said, that she had to be put on oxygen and self-isolated in her home for seven weeks. She refused to go to a hospital, she added, going against the advice of her doctor.

"My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad," she said. "I said, 'No, thank you. I'd rather die at home.'"

Salma Hayek
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Hayek has since recovered, but she told Variety that she's still not feeling like herself. Her first project post-COVID was House of Gucci and she explained that she was still feeling fatigued during filming.

"It was not a lot of time," Hayek explained. "It was easy. It was the perfect job to just get back into it. I had started doing Zooms at one point, but I could only do so many because I would get so tired."

Though she didn't share her positive diagnosis, Hayek did share a montage of videos showing her subsequent COVID nose-swab tests back in November.

In addition to House of Gucci, Salma's set to appear in Marvel's Eternals and The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, a sequel to the 2017 action movie where her character, Sonia Kincaid, only appeared for two minutes. The new film, which co-stars, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson, will be more focused on Hayek's character.

"Everyone kept telling me they wanted to see and know more about Sonia," Hayek told Variety.