Also known for appearing in From Dusk till Dawn, Frida and The Hitman's Bodyguard, the 54-year-old actress spent a large chunk of 2020 recovering from a near-fatal case of the virus, which has claimed almost 3.5 million lives worldwide.
Speaking to Variety, Hayek recalled: "My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad. I said, 'No, thank you. I'd rather die at home.'"
The star underwent close to seven weeks of isolation early on in the pandemic, while separated from her family in one room of the house.
She was placed on oxygen at one point and still hasn't regained the energy she once had.
Just last month, Hayek returned to work for director Ridley Scott in based-on-true-events crime drama House of Gucci.
"It was not a lot of time," she said. "It was easy. It was the perfect job to just get back into it. I had started doing Zooms at one point, but I could only do so many because I would get so tired."
She plays Giuseppina 'Pina' Auriemma in the movie, which will be released in the US on November 24.
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