Gwyneth Paltrow says that Steven Soderbergh‘s 2011 film “Contagion” is not the reason she kept quiet about having COVID in February.
The actress revealed that she dealt with the deadly virus in a blog post on her Goop website, but told The Hollywood Reporter on March 13 that her reason for not publicizing it did not involve the thriller in which she starred as patient zero. There were grumblings and theories online that she didn’t want to draw attention to the movie’s parallels to real life, and she finally put the rumors to bed.
If the “Contagion” star didn’t publicize her illness because she didn’t want to be an example of life imitating art, then why? The 48-year-old actress said that she simply couldn’t confirm that she had it until much later. “I got it so early that there weren’t COVID tests available,” Paltrow told THR. “We couldn’t even get tested for a long time, and by the time we were able to get antibody tests and all of that, there were much graver, more important things going on in the world. I didn’t really feel the need to bring it up, but it was interesting.”
Gwyneth previously stated that she believes she contracted the virus during her trip to Paris in February. Ironically, she poked fun about traveling and being the star of the Soderbergh film at the time. She shared a selfie on the plane that featured a large facemask. “En route to Paris. Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda?” she captioned the pic. “Paltrow’s just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane. I’ve already been in this movie. Stay safe. Don’t shake hands. Wash hands frequently. ?”
The actress seemingly only revealed that she dealt with the virus because her website compiled a list of products that allegedly made her feel better when she was sick and after. She pushed infrared sauna treatments, keto, and plant-based products, among others, but some people in the medical community didn’t think too fondly of her list. Stephen Powis, national medical director of England’s National Health Service, said Gwyneth’s pitches were “really not the solutions we’d recommend.” “We need to take long COVID seriously and apply serious science,” Powis said. “All influencers who use social media have a duty of responsibility and a duty of care around that.”
Paltrow addressed the criticism to THR and said that Goop is not perfect, but “we’re careful about what we say. We always feel like we understand why a lot of that [criticism] becomes clickbait for people.”