Despite keeping certain things out of the public eye, the Emmy winner said he doesn’t see himself as a completely private person.
“I wouldn’t be doing a podcast with you being like, ‘Hey, check out these films. I’m on Twitter,'” he argued, “I guess it’s just about having boundaries.”
Riz also pointed out that he continues to candidly discuss the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on social media. As he described, “I felt like talking about it and saying, ‘Hey, look, this is a real thing. It’s affected me and my family.'”
Last April, he shared the news on Instagram that his uncle passed away due to COVID-19. Then in October, he penned a piece for British Vogue, in which he shared that his aunt also died because of the virus.
The actor explained he “was unable to attend their funerals.”
“Trapped inside my flat and my grief, I was driven crazy by builders outside,” he wrote of his quarnatine experience. “Erecting a new office block mid-apocalypse felt increasingly pointless and unbearably loud. Knowing they might soon be asked to stop, they increased their pace, starting at 8 a.m. even on weekends. I was enraged but also welcomed the distraction of confrontation, squaring up to the site manager from two meters away.”
“‘This is not OK. Why are you carrying on as normal? You’re in denial,'” he recalled, adding, “I could have easily been talking to myself.”