When every set looks like Contagion: inside Hollywood’s pandemic year

Actors are slowly returning to work after a long shutdown caused vast economic damage: ‘How many people gave up their dreams?’

For decades, the sound stages of Hollywood have built alternate universes in the middle of Los Angeles – fictional courtrooms, hospitals, homes and offices. Today, they all resemble the set of Contagion.

Make-up artists walk around in astronaut helmets. Actors take breaks inside plastic bubbles. And healthcare professionals swab everyone’s nose to test for a deadly infection before they’re allowed inside.

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