At the end of July, the "Breaking Bad" star revealed he had contracted and recovered from COVID-19 and, in a virtual interview segment on "Live with Ryan and Kelly" on Tuesday, August 12, he opened up about the experience, sharing he had spoken to Hanks, who was among the first stars to go public with his coronavirus diagnosis, while the "Toy Story" star was recovering in Australia.
"We were talking with them when they were still in Australia and when they came back, we all had dinner together and we looked at each other and said, 'I think we can do this,' because we all had it, we're all not infected anymore," he said, adding that he has the antibodies, so if did get coronavirus again, he will "fight it off."
Elsewhere in the chat, the 64-year-old actor explained he and his wife caught COVID-19 "very early on," but he decided to keep the news to himself as he "didn't think that the world needed another celebrity saying, 'Hey, I had it!' so I just didn't say anything and went about my way."
Cranston recalled he and Dearden had, "mild symptoms," along with "a couple days of feeling achy" and "a week of severe lethargy."
"And then I lost my taste and sense of smell for a couple months, and that has since come back to about 75 per cent," he added. "I count my blessings that that was the extent of my sacrifice."
He continued, "I had the antibodies and (wasn't) infected anymore and so I thought now is the time to give plasma."
The "Trumbo" star decided to record the experience to encourage others to give more plasma, and urged people during the interview to come forward.
"I thought, 'Okay, this is a good reason for me to now out myself and say I had COVID-19 and I was very fortunate' and maybe if you had it and are fine now, maybe you can give plasma to those people who are truly suffering," Cranston said.