‘You’re phenomenal!’ Jennifer Aniston helps Jimmy Kimmel surprise a nurse who contracted COVID-19 and gives her $10k gift card… as actress reveals she hasn’t left home in THREE weeks
Jennifer Aniston helped her friend Jimmy Kimmel surprise a cardiovascular nurse who has been in isolation away from her children after contracting COVID-19.
The 51-year-old actress video called into an interview on Kimmel’s show on Thursday, to greet Kimball Fairbanks of St. George, Utah, and praised the healthcare worker for her bravery and selflessness as she spent time apart from her two young daughters.
To add to the nurse’s joy, former Friends star Jennifer – who had earlier revealed that she hand’t left her home in three weeks – also gave Kimball a $10,000 Postmates gift card, as well as additional gift cards for every other nurse on her floor.
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Surprise: Jennifer Aniston (right) surprise COVID-19 stricken cardiovascular nurse Kimball Fairbanks on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show on Thursday
After speaking with Kimball via video link one-on-one, Jimmy, 52, said: ‘We wanted to cheer you up a little bit, so I’d like you to meet somebody. Her name is Jennifer.’
As Jennifer showed up on camera, she gushed: ‘I just have to say, God bless you and all of you that are out there doing what you’re doing.
‘I don’t even know how to express my gratitude to everything that you guys are doing and putting your health at risk and all of that. You’re just phenomenal.’
Chat: They were introduced by Jimmy Kimmel, after she told of how she was coping in isolation
Jennifer enquired about Kimball’s recovery process, before Jimmy asked if she had been preparing meals for herself.
‘I wish that I could cook for myself,’ admitted Kimball, who is set to return to work and be reunited with her two young children on April 8. ‘But mainly I’ve just been having food delivered to me.’
Jennifer then responded: ‘That’s good, because what Jimmy cooked up is that you’re gonna be getting a 10,000 gift certificate from Postmates,’ before Jimmy added that all of the nurses on her floor at the hospital would also be getting gift cards.
Before surprising the nurse, Jennifer spoke candidly about her own experience in lockdown, telling Jimmy: ‘I’m so happy to be with you… This is actually the only communication I’ve been having with human beings.’
Praise: As Jennifer showed up on camera, she gushed, ‘I just have to say, God bless you and all of you that are out there doing what you’re doing’
Revealing how long it’s been since she last left her home, the Hollywood actress said: ‘Today is three weeks… I’m a born agoraphobe, so for me personally it’s not been that much of a challenge.
‘The most challenging thing is watching news and trying to digest what’s going on out there. I allow a check-in in the morning and then I’ll do a check-in in the evening and then that is it, because basically it’s just regurgitating the same thing.’
The star went on to tell Jimmy that she’s been busying herself with cleaning and organising, but has recently forced herself to slow down somewhat.
‘Can we just say that I may have acquired an OCD kind of situation, because only do I clean constantly, dishes is now my favourite, favourite thing in the world,’ she said. ‘Not only are you doing your dishes, you’re washing your hands a lot.
She’s got such a big art: During their chat, the former Friends star offered the nurse a painting she’d received from Amazon
‘Organising, I kind of was like a crazy person the first week and then I realised I had to sort of pull back because I was gonna run out of closets. Thirty more days [of lockdown], I’ve got to pace myself.’
In cleaning out her closets, the star ended up taking a trip down memory lane – and was reminded of a daytime soap audition she lost to Jane Krakowski.
She said: ‘I found a couple treasures, one was a Beta Max from the old VCR days, and it was my first audition. I was 13 for Search For Tomorrow, which was a soap opera my dad was on back then. I’m dying to see it!
‘I was 13 years old and I thought I’d lost it forever, but I was sort of cleaning out old tones of old boxes. I’ll get it transferred…’
Time away from loved ones: As she battles COVID-19, Kimball has been forced to spend time apart from her two young daughters
While she smiled at the memory, things didn’t quite go as she’d hoped at he time, as she revealed: ‘Actually, I lost the part. I did not get the part, if I remember correctly. Jane Krakowski got the part.
‘The character’s name was TR and she was a 13-year-old runaway and I had been visiting my dad on the set. Search For Tomorrow was shot in New York back then. And on the bulletin board it was an audition for TR a 13 year-old runaway, and I was like, that’s me, without the runaway part!’
However, her actor father, John Aniston, was initially not supportive of his daughter pushing for a career in showbusiness, prompting the precocious teen to find other means to meet with the casting agents.
‘I actually went around his back and I called his agent,’ the star revealed. ‘I know how to make things happen.
Life on lockdown: Before meeting Kimball, Jennifer spoke with Jimmy in her own one-on-one interview, during which she revealed that she hadn’t left her home in three weeks
‘I thought I did great. I was sure that I was gonna get [the part]. And I was also like, “My dad’s on the show – come on!”‘
Jennifer also revealed that she found another gem while cleaning out her closets: ‘I pulled out an film reel and it was my mom and my dad the first year of marriage and they were on the [Newlywed] Game. So that is a jewel for me.
‘If I remember this correctly, they actually won. It doesn’t mean that winning on the [Newlywed] Game will make a marriage last!’
As for hobbies, the actress told Jimmy that she’s been keeping herself busy with doing puzzles, following some encouragement from friend Ellen DeGeneres.
Cleaning her closets: The star has spent much of her time on lockdown cleaning her closets
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