“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston revealed Thursday that he had 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 had been very mild.
The actor, who is best known for his role in AMC’s shocking “Breaking Bad” series as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who decides to make and sell meta crystal to pay for the treatment of his cancer, said he had been vigilant but had still got the virus.
“I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still … I contracted the virus,” wrote Mr. Cranston. “Yes. It sounds scary now that over 150,000 Americans have died because of it.”
In the video, Mr Cranston appeared in a surgical mask at the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center, where he showed a phlebotomist drawing blood from his right arm and harvesting plasma, the yellow liquid part of blood used in a procedure known as blood plasma convulsion to treat some patients with the virus.
The actor called plasma “liquid gold” and said it could be rich in antibodies produced in response to the virus and could benefit others in curing them from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Mr. Cranston watched the black-and-white film “A Face in the Crowd,” starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal as his blood was drawn. He joked with the phlebotomist if he had good intentions.
Last year, Mr. Cranston won Tony for Best Actor in a Show for his role in “The Network,” in which he portrayed a newspaper.
In his Instagram post, the actor said he understood the concern and frustration of people who have to practice social distance. But Mr Cranston, who was also nominated for an Oscar for “Trumbo”, warned his followers not to become complacent.
“I count my blessings and urge you to continue to wear the cursed mask, to continue to wash your hands and to stay out of social distance,” he wrote. “We can prevail – but only if we follow the rules together.”