Responding to skeptics who wondered whether his celebrity status enabled him to jump the line for coronavirus testing, Idris Elba said, “My job made me test immediately.”

Many in the US have complained that getting a test is difficult. “I’m on location, about to start a film, and the news breaks that this person who is also in the public eye had tested positive,” he said. “So, it was definitely something I had to do, as I was about to start filming and was around a lot of people. Quite honestly, my job made me test immediately.”

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Elba reports he’s “feeling okay” and is still asymptomatic.

“Yesterday was good and bad, you know what I mean? It was bad because obviously I tested positive, but also good because I think it opened up a lot of conversation around it,” he said during a social media live stream. “I think it made it a lot more real for some people, it definitely made it more real for me and my family.”

Check out this video of Ibris Elba revealing that he tested positive for Coronavirus: