Breaking Bad star Brian Cranston revealed on Thursday that he has recovered from the coronavirus and shared a video of himself donating plasma to a blood bank in Los Angeles.
Mr. Cranston, 64, a five-time Emmy winner and two-time Tony Award winner, discussed the diagnosis in an Instagram post. He said he was lucky and that his symptoms were very mild.
The actor, best known for his role in the acclaimed AMC series “Breaking Bad,” as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who resorted to making and selling crystal meth to pay for his cancer treatment, said. that he was vigilant but still got the virus.
In the video, Mr. Cranston appeared in a surgical mask at the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center, where he showed a phlebotomist who draws blood from his right arm and collects plasma, the light yellow liquid part of blood used in a procedure known as restorative blood plasma for treatment of some patients with the virus.
The actor called the plasma “liquid gold” and said it could be rich in antibodies produced in response to the virus and could benefit others from recovering from Covid-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus.
Mr. Cranston watched the black-and-white film “Face in the Crowd,” starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal, while his blood was drawn. He jokes with the phlebotomy if he has a good goal.
Last year, Mr. Cranston won “Tony” for Best Leading Actor in a play for his role in “Network,” in which he portrayed a journalist.
In his Instagram post, the actor said that he understands the anxiety and helplessness of people who have to practice social distancing. But Mr. Cranston, who was also nominated for an Oscar for Trumbo, warned his followers not to be complacent.
“The number of your blessings and I urge you to continue to wear the damn mask, wash your hands and stay socially distant,” he wrote. “We can prevail – but ONLY if we follow the rules together.”