The media is inundated with celebrity gossip: who's dating who, who's breaking up, who's wearing what, who's twerking and making an utter fool of themselves on national TV, but we seldom hear about the good deeds done by celebrities--the way they save lives or donate their time and money for the sake of others.
Here are 15 celebrity random acts of kindness you never heard about that are sure to put a smile on your face.
The Fast and Furious
star Paul Walker founded non-profit organization Reach Out World Wide in 2010 to be a first responder in natural disasters after the earthquake in Haiti. Walker was also privately a generous soul as we came to find with the heartwarming story of how he secretly paid for a $10k engagement ring for a young couple back in 2004. Only after his untimely passing on November 30, 2013 did the jewelry store clerk reveal the true story behind the ring’s purchase, and Paul’s amazing gesture.
Drake & The Game
Rappers Drake & The Game helped ease the heart-wrenching burden on Ohio resident Anna Angel when they donated $20k to cover funeral costs after her boyfriend and five small children died in a house fire while she was working a shift at Burger King. The producers of Game’s TV show Marrying the Game
also donated $2.5K. The donation was part of The Game’s “Robin Hood Project" through which he pledged to donate $1 million dollars to people in need by the end of the year. The Game had also previously paid $10k in funeral expenses for 6-year-old Tiana Ricks who was shot and killed in her family’s front yard.
While the world was still ridiculing Alec Baldwin over his hot-tempered voicemail to his then-11-year-old daughter Ireland, the 30 Rock actor was quietly offering to pay for a young soldier's college tuition when she returned from Iraq. After reading about Resha Kane's story in the NY Times, Baldwin personally called Kane's mother and offered to pay the rest of her college tuition not provided by the military.
After the Heat eliminated the Chicago Bulls in the 2013 NBA playoffs, Dwyane Wade had a bit of time to spare and decided to use it to fulfill a teenage girl’s dream. Archbishop Carrol High School senior Nicole Muxo wanted nothing more than for the NBA star to take her to the prom. After Nicole's Youtube invitation to her favorite player Wade surprised the teenager by making an unexpected appearance at her prom. Photos, tweets, and smiling faces quickly followed, as did an unforgettable night for a girl whose dreams were made a reality. A portion of Wade’s tweet following the event read: “Never be too scared to ask... they might just say yes. #Dreamsdocometrue.”
Christian Bale may have gotten a bad shake for his anger outburst on the set of Terminator: Salvation
but there are two sides to every coin, and the dark knight actually has a kind heart. In January 2013, Bale gave a phone call to a 8-year-old leukemia patient Zach Guillot, whose favorite superhero is, sure enough, Batman. The two had a heartfelt and encouraging 9-minute conversation, including some Batman talk. Bale also took a 4-year-old cancer patient and his entire family on a trip to Disneyland for lunch in 2012, and visited the survivors of the theater shooting that took place during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises
in Aurora, Colorado that same year.
Mo’Nique has been making us laugh for the past decade, but with her on-screen antics, and sunny disposition you would never think that she suffered such a horrible ordeal as abuse. The comedic actress was once the victim of sexual abuse which likely influenced her involvement with women and children’s organizations like My Sister’s House, a shelter for abused women. The women at the shelter got the shock of a lifetime when Mo'Nique threw them a surprise red carpet event, complete with makeovers and paparazzi! She even provided scholarships and grants for the women who completed the shelter's program, and took photos with each woman at the event. It seems the flamboyant actress is great at putting smiles on faces both onscreen and off.
Most of us only think of ourselves on our birthdays but Transformers
star Shia LaBeouf celebrated his 26th birthday doing something selfless. On June 10, 2012, a day before his 26th
birthday, LaBeouf spent the day with a group of disadvantaged kids in Romania. The star shared the experience on Twitter in an effort to raise awareness for disadvantaged kids. He posted pictures shortly afterwards with the commentary “these kids are super strong.”
When a 50-year-old man working in her home suffered a violent seizure after choking, vomiting, and coughing up blood, actress Mila Kunis rushed to his aid, turning his head to the side to prevent choking while another person stuffed a wallet in his mouth to prevent swallowing his tongue, which he had bitten through. When paramedics arrived, Kunis reportedly volunteered to ride in the ambulance with him. The man eventually made a full recovery.
Keanu Reeves isn't one to bask in the spotlight of his fame or get caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle. He is just as down-to-earth, kind-hearted, and generous as you'd never expect a celeb to be. He's even willing to share his pay for films with other people, especially for the sake of his art. Reeves took a 90% pay-cut in order for producers to bring Gene Hackman on board for The Replacements
, gave up a few million dollars in salary in order for producers to pick up Al Pacino for The Devil’s Advocate
, and reportedly gave up millions of dollars he could have gotten doing The Matrix
trilogy so that the franchise’s special effects and costume design team could have more money. Most mega-star actors demand more money for their work, Keanu is known for taking less for the sake of others. How many celebs would do that?
We never thought of Kate Winslet as an action star but in real life the actress certainly has what it takes. During tropical storm Irene in 2011, lightning struck billionaire CEO Richard Branson’s $70 million dollar vacation home in the British Virgin Islands causing it to set on fire. Winslet, who was vacationing there at the time, found Branson’s 90-year-old mother and carried her out of the burning home to safety. The Titanic
star stated that the event was “surreal.” We can only imagine.
Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel may be a multi-talented power couple but they still find time to help those in need. The couple pitched in to aide victims in Rockaway, Queens after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. After returning from their discreet honeymoon in Tanzania, following their wedding on Oct. 19, the newlyweds took a visit to Queens and were seen handing out supplies to hurricane victims.
Back in 2006 when Jessica Simpson won a Chrysler Crossfire at the MTV Video Music Awards she requested that the car company exchange the sports car for a minivan so that she could donate it to Casa Hogar Elim, a Mexican orphanage that she visited as a child and continues to support. The next year, Simpson personally delivered the Town and Country van to the orphanage. She and her parents enjoyed a celebration with a mariachi band as they hung around to take pictures with the throngs of excited children.
Brad Pitt may not be a UN Ambassador like his long-time partner Angelina Jolie but he certainly has shown goodwill to others on numerous occasions. On Thanksgiving 2012, while on the set of World War Z
in England, Pitt’s security guard was approached by a rep for the Southampton’s Hospital neonatal unit, who was attempting to collect donations from the film’s crew. When Pitt found out, he gave the rep $1,100-- all of the money he had on him at the time. He even told her that he would have given more if he had it. In 2011, while filming a scene for the same movie, Pitt saved an extra from being trampled by a stampede of other extras after she slipped and fell.
T.I. is an unlikely hero who once talked a man down from a ledge. The Family Hustle
star was on his way to a video shoot when he heard that a man was threatening to jump from the roof of 22-story radio station building. The rapper arrived at the scene and recorded a video message for the suicidal man, saying "...Nothing in life is worth taking your life. I'm here to help you. Please come down to talk to me." After police showed the the man the video he stepped back from the ledge and met T.I. in the lobby. It's not the only time the southern rapper saved a man's life. Scott Stapp, lead singer of rock band Creed, called T.I. his guardian angel, recalling how the rapper discovered the singer lying on a ledge, bloody, after falling 40 feet from his hotel room balcony during a drug and alcohol binge. “He immediately took care of the situation and saved my life," Stapp beamed. The rocker details the experience in his book Sinner's Creed.
There is no end to the quiet good deeds of the handsome Johnny Depp. He's shown up to hospitals and schools dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, saved a group of extras from being hit by a spiraling stunt car on the set of Public Enemies
, adopted a horse on the set of Sleepy Hollow
so it wouldn't be put down, saved a friend from being mugged in LA, and most recently gave a couple homeless men he encountered in New Mexico a gig as background actors in his upcoming film Transcendence
. The mugging incident is of particular entertainment. Depp reportedly told a mugger who had threatened British musician Stephen Jones with a broken bottle to "back off." When the man realized who was talking to him he dropped the bottle and said, "I ain't stealing from Captain Jack." Depp sent the man on his way with some money and a tip to straighten up his life. Yep, folks, even criminals love Johnny Depp.