Kate Winslet Was Prepared For the Current Pandemic

Kate Winslet was adequately prepared for the current pandemic, thanks to her role in 2011’s Contagion, which centers on a pandemic and the global response.

In the film, she plays a leader at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the process, she learned proper health protocol.

“I think it’s the unknown element of this virus. We just don’t know how it’s going to affect any given individual. I think that was what’s so terrifying,” she explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m a very practical, straightforward person, and if I have to respond to an emergency, I just go into that zone.”

“People thought I was crazy because I had been walking around wearing a mask for weeks, going into the grocery store and wiping everything down with isopropyl alcohol and wearing gloves,” she said. “Then all of a sudden March 13 came around, and people were like, ‘F—k, where do I get one of those masks?’”

The actor also revealed that she knows two people who’ve contracted COVID-19.

“One was in L.A. and was very lucky to get on a trial using convalescent plasma and did really, really well in the space of, like, 72 hours after the treatment,” she shared. “And a dialect coach who lives in London has had it, was in hospital for 11 weeks, is out, and has had every lung test, blood test, blood pressure test, and is clear of everything but just cannot get better — is breathless, lethargic, still feels very unwell.”

“Now that I’m going to have to go back to work, I’m like, ‘Oh f—k, I’ve forgotten how to act,’” she said. “It will be with some extraordinary back-to-work protocols, which are great. But when you’re an actor in a film or a TV piece, social distancing is obviously sometimes just not possible, based on the scene.”

Well, being an actor has its perks — especially if you’re playing someone who works at the CDC!