Many actors were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, from production shutdowns to actually contracting the virus. Someone who's truly felt the ramifications of the ongoing pandemic is S.W.A.T. star Shemar Moore. 2020 was a tough year for him, as he dealt with one major setback after another. Despite all the setbacks, the actor still managed to keep fans updated on his life since testing positive for COVID-19.
In February 2020, he announced on social media that his mother had passed at age 76, and he continued to mourn her death throughout the year. Despite the Hollywood shutdown, his CBS drama, S.W.A.T., was able to resume production for Season 4, with some behind-the-scenes changes. Things seemed to be looking up until the actor revealed on December 24 that he had contracted COVID-19. He did manage to post a few updates on Instagram as he self-quarantined, though. Check out one of them down below:
Shemar Moore doesn't hold back in talking about his struggles with COVID-19, and you have to appreciate him for opening up. And in spite of his challenges with the virus, it seems that it's in no way infringing on his sense of style. Check out his other recent post:
Due to his diagnosis, the actor spent both Christmas and New Year’s in isolation while advocating for everyone to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. He also posted a video on Instagram in which he gave his thoughts on last year. Here's what he had to say:
2020 about to be gone, thank you, Jesus. 19 was rough. 20 was dogshit. 21 ain’t gonna be easy out the gate, don’t get it twisted. But you know what? We gonna fight for that fun. We gonna fight. Covid is no joke. Wear your mask, man, get that vaccine. Do what you gotta do to protect yourself and your family.
According to the actor, both 2019 and 2020 had been very rough for him. In 2019, Moore lost his good friend and former The Young and the Restless co-star, Kristoff St. John. Even more tragically, Moore lost his mother around the first anniversary of St. John’s death. So the actor's words were not only a great summation of his year but how everyone likely felt in going from 2020 into 2021 – happy to leave the devastating year in the past while still being cautious of the future.
Despite having a tough year, Moore managed to make the best of it as S.W.A.T. entered its fourth season. He even voiced Cyborg in the DC animated film Justice League Dark: Apokolips War. Before he was one of a few Black leads on primetime, Moore gained prominence in the 1990s as Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless ( as one of the few Black leads on daytime dramas). He also had guest spots on shows such as Living Single, The Nanny and Moesha before getting a key role on the CBS procedural drama Criminal Minds, which would be his TV home for 11 seasons.
If you want to get more of Shemar Moore, you can check out S.W.A.T. Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS or stream it on Hulu and CBS All Access.