Hugh Grant Describes His Intense COVID-19 Infection Experience

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Hugh Grant of 'The Undoing' appears onstage during the HBO segment of the 2020 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on Jan. 15, 2020.

"It started as a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat; it was like a poncho of sweat, embarrassing really," the actor says.

Hugh Grant on Tuesday revealed that he had COVID-19 earlier in the year and his experience with the virus was intense.

Dropping by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the actor said he was sure he and his wife contracted COVID-19 back in February, and it was recently confirmed when their antibody tests came back positive.

Grant explained how his symptoms gradually worsened until he was in a full panic.

"It started as a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat; it was like a poncho of sweat, embarrassing really," Grant said from a hotel in the U.K., which is in another lockdown due to a virus spike. "And then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and the feeling as though some enormous man was sitting on my chest — Harvey Weinstein or someone."

He continued, "And then I was walking down a street one day, and I thought, 'I can't smell a damn thing,' and you start to panic because, by then, people had just started to talk about this as a symptom."

Grant said he tried smelling flowers and as he became more concerned, he tried to smell more unpleasant items, like a garbage can, before spraying his wife's perfume directly into his face. "I couldn't smell anything," he said.

Watch his full interview below.