Hugh Grant has opened up on homeschooling in the Grant household, sharing his young son recently became so frustrated by it he ‘stabbed himself’ with his pen.
The Undoing star opened up to Drew Barrymore during a SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations At Home interview, and said his son was trying to solve a maths problem.
Hugh – who is currently living in Turkey with his family as he shoots his latest project – sympathised with the tutors he’d hired to help his children with their school work from home, musing they ‘didn’t know what hit them’.
Speaking to his Music and Lyrics co-star Drew, Hugh said: ‘I’ve rented two teenagers to come and homeschool them. Poor things, they don’t know what’s hit them. Ghastly.
‘My son self-harmed himself in front of this young tutor today because he couldn’t do a basic bit of arithmetic – so he stabbed himself in the face with a Biro.’
He added: ‘Difficult situation for the young man.’
Drew sympathised with Hugh on the homeschooling front, adding: ‘This is such a wild world,’ before she noted Hugh’s show The Undoing came along at the right time when ‘people need to get undone…and escape and fall in love with another world that’s outside their own’.
Hugh, who has two children with his ex, Tinglan Hong, and three with wife Anna Eberstein, previously opened up about contracting coronavirus as he detailed his symptoms from the beginning of the pandemic.
Appearing via video on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Hugh, 60, explained: ‘I had it, my wife and I had it way back in the winter, we have antibodies, I’m rather proud of them. So we’re not gonna get it, I don’t think.’
Hugh said he took an antibodies in October last year, which confirmed he had contracted the condition.
Explaining his symptoms, he said: ‘It started as just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat. It was like a poncho of sweat, embarrassing really.
‘Then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and this, a feeling as though an enormous man was sitting on my chest, Harvey Weinstein or someone.
‘Then I was walking down a street one day and I thought, “I can’t smell a damn thing” and you start to panic. By then people had started to talk about this as a symptom.
‘I started sniffing flowers; nothing. You get more and more desperate. I started sniffing garbage cans, you want to sniff strangers’ armpits because you cant smell anything.
‘I went home and sprayed my wife’s Chanel No 5 directly into my face, couldn’t smell a thing. I did go blind.’