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'I'd Rather Die At Home': Salma Hayek Reveals She Battled A Near-Fatal Case Of COVID-19

May. 19 2021, Published 7:25 p.m. ET

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Salma Hayek is lucky to be alive. The actress is opening up about how she is in the midst of recovering from a deathly battle from COVID-19 that she secretly contracted months ago. 

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“My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad,” the Frida actress explained to Variety. But the Academy Award-nominated actress refused saying "No, thank you. I’d rather die at home." 

The iconic film star's battle became so severe that she was "put on oxygen" for a period of time and had to quarantine in a room by herself in her London family home for seven weeks. Hayek resides there along with her French billionaire husband François-Henri Pinault and their 13 year-old daughter Valentina.

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Now that she is back on her feet and feeling better, she is already back to work on a multitude of projects. 

Next up on the 54 year-old beauty's slate is the Lady Gaga led House of Gucci directed by Ridley Scott and also starring Adam Driver, Al Pacino, and Jared Leto. The stunning star is set to play Pina Auriemma in the highly anticipated film. 

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Come November, Hayek will star in Marvel's The Eternals where she will star as the action packed Ajak. Nobody is more surprised than Hayek at becoming an action star at this point in her life. 

"It’s really hard to be an action hero if you’re a Mexican and a woman," she explained. "But to be an action hero, being Mexican, a woman, and my age, it felt like they were punking me."

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But it turns out that the hardest part about it was not the hard hitting stunt work but having to hide her excitement about the project for months. 

“And then the worst part...[F]or so many months...I couldn’t tell a soul." Looks like the world will see this star back on in action very soon! 

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