More H’wood A-listers succumb to COVID-19
The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an equal-opportunity ailment. Neither fame nor wealth can shield people from its insidious effects.
Award-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have just been released from hospital in Australia after a five-day stay, following a positive test for the virus.
Now Idris Elba, who is always listed as a possible new James Bond if and when Daniel Craig retires, says he tested positive for the virus and is in “self-isolation” with his wife, Sabrina, who has yet to be tested.
Another recent COVID-19 victim is “Game of Thrones” star Kristofer Hivju. Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, who starred as Camille Montes opposite Craig in the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” also announced on Instagram that she tested positive for coronavirus.
Not surprisingly, many stars’ Instagram posts are about the disease that has led to a global pandemic and the lockdown of cities, even whole countries.
“This is reminding a lot of us what it is to both feel like and be a human being,” singer-actress Lady Gaga, last seen onscreen in “A Star Is Born,” posted. “I think it’s so important to acknowledge that we are and must be a global kind of singular community. We can’t do this without kindness. And coronavirus is not prejudiced.
“My thought for the day is to accept that there will be times when we feel powerless and out of control, but we can fill that space with kindness and be a part of the solution to a world problem. We then have control. We can create healing by learning how to be kind and take care of each other and ourselves during this time.”
Natalie Portman shared a video of her father found online of a multitasking man disinfecting his home and getting some workout done. She added: “… And visit Stories to learn how you can support organizations fighting the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s a scary time, but it’s also an opportunity for us all to come together and take care of one another.”
British actor Millie Bobby Brown, known for her role as Eleven in the Netflix sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things,” posted: “This is the perfect time to be with our families and fluffy friends. Self-isolation is very important. Social distancing is very important. Let’s protect the people that hold our history. Stay safe, and I’m sending my love.”
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