10 Times Celebrities Helped Everyday People

The majority of Hollywood news from tabloids and blogs is focused on all the ways that celebrities’ lives differ from everyday Americans. The focus is on the glitzy opening night parties, lavish holidays, multi-million-dollar homes, and shopping sprees that seem to be a part of everyday life in Hollywood. We love reading celebrity gossip because it brings us out of our normal lives and shows us a world where money and fame are unquestioned certainties.

Although these stories can be enjoyable to read, it’s troublesome when we start to resent the everyday events of our own lives based on a picture of fame and wealth shown to us by social media. Would it surprise you to know that most celebrities live normal lives outside of the spotlight, and do good things away from media attention?

Here are some of the times that celebrities have looked beyond themselves and helped out everyday people.

1. Tom Cruise rescues five people from a burning boat

Tom Cruise has made a name for himself for his work on the Mission: Impossible franchise, which is now on its sixth film, but he’s probably most famous for his adherence to Scientology, and his weird public stunts when he first started dating now ex-wife Katie Holmes. Even though he’s a public advocate for the Church of Scientology, Cruise is surprisingly down-to-earth.

In fact, in 1996, while he was yachting off the island of Capri, Cruise helped facilitate the rescue of five passengers from a burning boat. He used his experience in stunt work to haul the passengers off the boat, right before it sank.

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2. Tyler Perry offers a job to an actor who was publicly shamed for bagging groceries

Just recently, the actor Geoffrey Owens was photographed bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s near his home. Owens had a lucrative recurring role on The Cosby Show in the 1980s, but since then has only had minor TV roles, and took the grocery store job to help pay the bills. The Daily Mail used the photograph to accompany a story that shamed Owens for his service job, which resulted in a major blow-back from other news publications.

As a result of the public attention, Owens quit his job, but was quickly employed again when Tyler Perry stepped in and offered him a significant recurring role on his TV show The Haves and the Have Nots.

3. Nicki Minaj pays the tuition of multiple fans with straight-A grades

Nicki Minaj recently showed that if you have the means to do it, it’s easy to help others. In May 2017, Minaj was engaging with fans in the comment section of an Instagram post that was promoting her new music video “Regret In Your Tears” when a fan piped up and asked if she would help pay their tuition. Minaj immediately followed that comment up with a post that said that if a fan could verify that they had straight-A grades, she would help pay their tuition. It was later confirmed that 37 students had their tuition or student deb paid for by Minaj, and she has promised to look into opening up a charity to help students on a more permanent basis.

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