Celebrities! Brave superheroes and crazy adventurers. Wonder Hayek, BatDiesel, and many more. Believe it or not, not only on the big screen!
We should admit that fame costs a lot! Journalists often scrutinize celebrities and their actions, and paparazzi have no scruples. ‘Come closer, celeb moms!’
The yellow press loves public figures. So do we. What lingerie does Kim Kardashian like? Does J.Lo have a nanny? Has Ben Affleck cheated?
Nevertheless, in the mist of these rumors, gossiping and bickering, people forget that some celebrities are generous people, people fighting for a world change. From promoting education to supporting terminally ill kids, there are famous people who are trying to make the world a better place for the next generation.
It’s not a big deal! They can afford it, we could argue. True! But hey, did you know that not all is empty words and pompous charity? There are celebs that are willing to jump into a burning car or dive into a cold lake to save a person.
So here are some of the most daredevil celebrities who didn’t hesitate to risk their lives to save children - our children.
16 Wet Nurse Salma Hayek: My Milk Is Your Milk
Beautiful Salma Hayek is not only a brave and sexy ‘desperada’ but a heroine in real life. She saved a one-week-old boy in Sierra Leone… by breastfeeding him. At the time, Hayek was still breastfeeding her own daughter.
Salma recalls: “The baby was perfectly healthy, but the mother did not have any milk. He was very hungry - I was weaning my daughter Valentina, but I still had a lot of milk, so I breastfed the baby. It was amazing because he was really looking at me and he's very little… Am I being disloyal to my child by giving my milk away? I actually think my baby would be very proud to be able to share her milk.”
The actress said that her act of kindness was influenced by her great-grandmother who helped a woman by breastfeeding her crying baby on the streets of Mexico.
How many moms would do that, especially in a country where the levels of tetanus are extremely high?
15 Intergalactic Harrison Ford On A Rescue Mission
Witty Indiana Jones, brave Han Solo or strong Blade Runner, Harrison Ford is one of the most iconic film heroes. Harrison Ford is still a sex symbol, even at the age of 75.
We might be surprised to know that these heroic traits are not only a role. In 2001, Harrison Ford saved a 13-year-old Boy Scout who got lost in Yellowstone National Park.
Like in an action film, Ford jumped into his helicopter - just as Han Solo would have jumped into his Millennium Falcon, and joined the rescue mission.
Guess what? He was the first one to spot the boy, and it didn’t take him "Six days, seven nights."
In fact, that wasn’t the first time Ford used his superpowers to rescue hikers. Two young women were also saved by the famous actor. Wouldn’t you like to get lost as well and be saved by him?
14 Score A Goal In The Name Of Life: Cristiano Ronaldo
Christiano Ronaldo is one of the most popular and attractive football players. The talented Portuguese player, known as “the most charitable athlete”, has helped a lot of terminally ill kids.
In 2014, Ronaldo helped a 10-month-old baby in need of an operation by covering the treatment expenses of the child. Thanks to Ronaldo, the kid who suffered from cortical dysplasia received the vital treatment he needed.
In addition, Ronaldo helped a family and their nine-year-old kid to cover the cancer treatment expenses of the child.
As Ronaldo explains, "My father always taught me that when you help other people, then God will give you double… And that's what has really happened to me. When I have helped other people who are in need, God has helped me more.” Well, he was given triple: look at his beautiful kids.
That shows that the footballer cares more about people, not his hair, as people joke.
13 Surf On The Waves Of Bravery: Kelly Slater
Kelly Slater is one of the best surfers… and also a real-life superhero.
In 2016, Slater saved a mother, Sarah White, and her 22-month-old boy that were hit by a huge wave in Hawaii. The mother and her child were walking on a footpath near the beach when a huge wave crashed into them, sending them into the water. Surfer Slater saw that and rushed to help without thinking for his own safety.
Although Slater is known for his competitive character, he never boasted about his act of bravery. In a way, he calmed his waters.
As Sarah’s husband wrote on Instagram, “So thankful the surf gods denied @kellyslater today cos for whatever reason he was right there.”
That’s not the only time, though. Kelly Slater saved a young surfer (19) who was knocked unconscious by a flying board. From Hawaii to Australia, Slater surfs on the waves of heroism.
12 Rihanna: Retweet For Life
In our technology-based society, celebs can save a kid... by promoting a cause. Sexy Rihanna has realized the power of social media and has saved many children simply by using the net and her connections to find donors for bone marrow transplants.
Rihanna tried to save Jasmina Anema, the sweet 6-year old girl from New York. After months of pain and worries, Jasmina’s mother exclaimed, “It’s done!”. The girl received a life-saving bone marrow transplant as Rihanna rallied people to register as potential donors. And there are no words that can express the gratitude and love people hold for the singer and her big heart.
Sometimes kids pass away and it’s devastating for parents to say goodbye. However, by trying, we can save more kids. In fact, Rihanna received a Harvard Univeristy’s Humanitarian of the Year Award. The singer recalled her childhood dreams, “And I would say to myself you know, ‘when I grow up, when I can get rich, I’mma save kids all over the world.’”
That's right! Isn't sharing the true meaning of social media?
11 Patrick “McDreamy” Dempsey’s Anatomy
You don’t have to be a fan of “Grey’s Anatomy” to admit that Patrick Dempsey, or Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, is a sweet “Loverboy.” He is cool not only from the outside but the inside. Just like the doctor he played on the small screen, Dempsey fights for people’s lives off-screen.
In fact, Dempsey saved a kid in real life. In 2012, Dempsey, who’s also a car racer, didn’t think for a second: he risked his own life to save a kid from a burning car. The actor used a crowbar and a fire extinguisher to pull the teen out of the car - the kid's car crashed near Dempsey's house in Malibu.
In a world where car crashes take lives every day, knowing that a celebrity would not hesitate to help is comforting for all of us as parents.
What’s more, seeing a pretty face can help you recover quicker, right?
10 Vin Diesel Or “The Fast And The Furious” Rescue
Vin Diesel, real name Mark Sinclair, is loved by many. Let’s admit it, ladies, his muscles and masculine charm can give us the chills. And as we can see from “The Pacifier”, he can be a good nanny.
Joking aside, Vin Diesel is a hero - not only in “Saving Private Ryan.” He is a brave man in real life. In 2002, the macho witnessed a crash and didn’t even blink an eye before he jumped from his motorbike and saved a whole family from burning to death.
The actor managed to get the kids out first and helped the driver escape from the devouring flames.
This story has warmed many hearts and is proof that celebrities are not so vain or narcissistic.
9 A Song Of Courage: Garth Brooks
Film stars are lovely but we should not forget about all those talented singers out there who spread not only beautiful melodies but stories of love.
Country singer Brooks, famous for integrating rock’n’roll elements into the country music, proved that celebrities have big hearts and are brave enough to risk their own lives.
In 2003, Brooks saw a house on fire near his in-laws’ home. He could’ve walked away, but no! He didn’t ignore the smoke. Garth Brooks rushed towards the house and ended up saving two brothers (Randall Cooper, 10, and Ryan Cooper, 14).
That shows that spotting the first signs of actual danger is crucial as it can save lives. What’s more, it shows that celebrities are empathetic and loving beings. Isn’t Brooks a great example for all of us?
8 Gerard Butler: Bravery Times “300”
Gerard Butler is one of the most attractive Scottish actors. Known for his role in the epic war film “300”, he became a symbol of bravery and physical strength. In fact, that’s not only a role. Butler has shown all these qualities in real life.
In 1997, Butler saved a young boy from drowning. Butler's mother recalls the event, “ We were having picnic…when we heard a young boy screaming. The next thing I knew Gerald was racing along the riverbank. He saw the boy under the water and dived in.”
As a policeman said, “This man had the courage and presence of mind to act quickly.”
However, Butler is modest. "I wouldn't call myself a hero. I just acted instinctively. When I brought him out, he was lifeless. I'm just glad he's all right now."
Well, we all need more heroes like him.
7 Angelina Jolie: A Big Mom’s Heart
Angelina Jolie is not only one of the most beautiful actresses but she also has the biggest heart. In fact, she became aware of the humanitarian crisis around the world after “Tomb Raider”, which was filmed in Cambodia. Angelina joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and took active participation in numerous countries, such as Kenya, Thailand, Jordan, Syria, and Haiti. She helped many victims of civil wars and natural disasters. Her hope is to raise “Awareness of the plight of these people.” Jolie says, “I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon.”
With the adoption of Madox, Zahara, and Pax, she showed that kids can be saved simply by receiving love. Angelina is definitely a beautiful mom, both inside and out.
6 Jennifer Lawrence: Real-Life Mockingjay
When we talk about heroic acts, we often think of burning cars, natural disasters and charity work. However, heroism is linked to any humane gesture towards people. And believe it or not, famous people can be kind-hearted.
Jennifer Lawrence is the highest-paid actress in the world. However, she proves that money can’t kill people’s empathy. Just like Katniss in the Hunger Games, Jennifer is heroic off-screen.
When the pretty actress saw a girl had collapsed near her house, she rushed and call 911. Not only that, she waited with the girl and wasn’t repulsed by the fact the young girl was intoxicated.
A neighbor said, “Some people who had been passing by - including Jennifer Lawrence - stood and comforted her until help arrived.”
As people joke, her training for the Hunger Games really helped.
5 The Prince And The Pauper: Prince William
In his role of being a prince, Prince William is devoted to the world and its problems, especially to social issues related to the young generations. He is Royal Patron to Centrepoint, which is a foundation that supports young offenders and children in risk. His charity work is not limited to distant funding or smiles for the camera.
Did you know that Prince William had spent some time among homeless kids? Simply to understand what it’s like to sleep rough! With this act of kindness, William has helped a lot of young homeless people across the UK. How? By raising awareness and understanding.
Last but not least, Prince William is really passionate about helping children and promoting education in Africa and protecting the wildlife there. He’s been the Royal Patron of Tusk since 2005. He even said, “The imperative of balancing conservation of wildlife and natural resources with the ever-growing needs of the human race is at the heart of the great challenge facing mankind today.”
4 Ed Sheeran And His A-team
Many charities focus on the humanitarian crisis in Africa and the Middle East. Actors and singers have taken an active participation, and Ed Sheeran is not an exception. The charming singer has not only a beautiful voice but a big heart.
During his visit to Liberia, Ed Sheeran saved a kid. The singer met a young boy, named JD, who struggled to survive on water and a bit of bread. Ed Sheeran reveals that not only charity and campaigns are needed but real human help. The singer said, "Once we're done here we're going to pack up the camera and these guys are gonna to be sleeping in a canoe with a lot of dangerous people about. Really does not feel right leaving at all.”
So, Ed took this boy and four of his friends to the capital, Monrovia, and paid for a safe home, making sure his little friends won’t be abused and physically violated anymore.
3 Tom Cruise: Mission Possible
Although some celebrities need body doubles, others prove that famous people have some courage for two. Tom Cruise has not only a caring personality but some modesty. As a member of the Scientology movement, he follows the Code of Honor: “Never desert a comrade in need, in danger or in trouble.”
In fact, Tom Cruise is also on our list: he saved a young person. The charming actor helped a young victim of a hit-and-run accident. Cruise not only took the girl to the hospital but paid the $7,000 bill.
The actor says, “I’ve always looked at things in terms of, Is this helping people, or is it not helping people? Is this helping the world?”
Well, what can we say? Fame comes not only with vanity but some social responsibilities: being a role model is crucial and has an effect on kids.
2 Hugh Jackman: A Real Soul Mutant
Maybe one of the biggest acts of bravery is to put other people before yourself.
Last but not least, Hugh Jackman showed that he is a hero, even better than Wolverine. Yes, Wolverine saved a lot of young mutants in the X-Men film series. But Hugh Jackman saved real people off-screen.
In fact, Hugh saved a swimmer from a rip. The great actor brought the swimmer to the shore… before helping his own son, Oscar.
Former National Rugby League star Daniel Conn (who also witnessed the tide and the incident) said, “Oscar got caught up with it so I swam out to go and get him and bring him back but he got caught up in it again and he [Hugh] just went into full on Hugh Jackman mode… He got Oscar and he also helped some other people too, it was amazing.”
How many people would put someone else before themselves?
People love superheroes, but the truth is that real-life heroes are among us. Celebrities or not, people are people, and a good heart can’t be changed by money. Because our kids are our future!
1 Mark Harmon: Saving Lives And Spreading Love
Mark Harmon is another celebrity who didn’t hesitate and risked his own life to save children. Who knows? Maybe his role in “The Presidio” inspired his personal qualities.
Harmon did something that not many people would have done: he risked his life to save our kids. In 1996, Harmon pulled two teens from a burning car. Without bodyguards or cameras! He used a sledgehammer to smash the windows of the car that crashed near his home.
17 years after the accident, Colin Specht, one of the victims, said, “I owe everything to him (Harmon). There’s no way I can repay him, except for pay it forward, and I try to do that in my life.”
In other words, NCIS star Harmon is a real-life hero. What’s more, by saving these two kids, he inspired them to do good.
Sources: Bustle.com, Independent.co.uk, LookTotTeStars.org, msn.com, NickiSwift.com, Ranker.com, TheGuardian.com