Giving back. Celebrities may be beloved by people around the world, but it’s not a one-sided relationship. Stars such as
, Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj adore their fans right back, going out of their way to make sure their supporters know that they are appreciated through acts of kindness. Keith Urban
For some, like
and Drake , that means getting in some serious face time with their admirers, while others help out in more creative ways: Katy Perry lent her signature for an uber-personal tattoo, while J.K. Rowling Thor’s gave a traveling fan a lift to his destination. Chris Hemsworth
Scroll through for more stars who have taken the time to say ‘thank you’ to the ones who made them famous.
The Canadian actor surprised a 9-year-old
Deadpool fan, who had just moved with his family and feared he wouldn’t make new friends, with a sweet birthday message in November 2020. The fan’s parents set out to make their son feel loved on his special day by asking for birthday cards through Facebook, which led to many around the world — including Reynolds — stepping in to help.
“I relate to your story a lot because I also went to a new school,” the actor said in the sweet video. “I remember how alone I felt and unseen I felt. When you feel suffering and when you feel bad about something, you say it’s because you feel like you’re the only one. You’re not alone.”
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In November 2020, the
Game of Thrones alum took to Instagram to share clips from a FaceTime call he had with a young Aquaman fan who is battling cancer. “So I just wanted to say thank you to the community, friends and family on Instagram for reaching out and showing me this beautiful boy Danny who is going through chemo and has cancer,” he captioned the post. “I saw his video online that made me want to get in touch and FaceTime him and spend some time talking to him.”
Momoa then urged fans to help support Danny through GoFundMe. He asked for Warner Bros. to send the ill fan Aquaman’s trident too.
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Rudd made headlines in October 2020 when he handed out cookies to voters waiting in line in Brooklyn.
The “Golden” crooner surprised a fan named Theodora in October 2020, leaving a heartfelt message at her home after his car broke down and he spent time there while she was out. “My car broke down on your street and your dad’s friend kindly let me wait at your house with a cup of tea,” Styles wrote in a letter for the fan, which was later posted on social media along with
a photo of the singer feeding the fan’s goldfish. “I’m devastated that we missed each other. Looking forward to meeting you soon. Treat people with kindness. All my love, Harry.” The former One Direction singer added: “P.S. I fed the fish.”
shocked a Louisiana family in July 2019 when he stopped his car to pose for pictures and autograph a sign they had left for him in their front yard. “We knew @KeanuReevess_ was filming up the street so my son said we need to make a sign that says ‘You’re breathtaking,’” Stacey Hunt wrote on Twitter. “A car stopped and there he was!! He actually stopped!”
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The List alum and the former star made two Chicago P.D. fans’ days when they helped Alison Briggs One Tree Hill propose to her now finacée Cydney Childers. Burton tweeted about the experience on February 24, 2019, writing, “It was a HUGE honor today to be a part of this beautiful couple’s engagement!! Alison, thank you for including @SophiaBush and me. We are so happy for you lovebirds!!!!! Xoxoxo.”
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Urban took some time before performing at his concert in Toledo, Ohio, in October 2018, to
serenade 25-year-old Marissa English in the hospice ward of Mercy Health St. Vincent Hospital. The four-time Grammy winner sang “Blue Ain’t Your Color” a cappella to English, who was suffering from an inoperable cyst on her brain and cerebral palsy, at her bedside. He later dedicated the song to her on stage at his show.
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Chicago musician Scott Hildebrand was in for quite the surprise in October 2018 while abroad in Australia when he decided to hitchhike two hours to Byron Bay — and got picked by none other than Hemsworth and his trainer,
Luke Zocchi! Not only did the Thor actor offer Hildebrand a lift, he took him all the way to his destination by chopper. “When hitchhiking leads to a helicopter ride with Thor,” the singer/songwriter wrote on an Instagram documenting the experience, adding, “Thanks, guys!” Hemsworth also shared the video of their flight on Instagram, writing, “Picked up a hitchhiker, wasn’t a serial killer which we were stoked about and just happened to be a kick ass musician Scott Hildebrand.”
Plenty of celebrities visit their sick fans in the hospital, but the “Roar” singer took things next level in August 2018 with front-door service. Perry
made a house call to longtime fan Grace Moores in Australia while the then 8-year-old was recovering from brain surgery. “When Katy arrived out front, Grace was a bit shell-shocked. She was just in awe, the smile on her face was just priceless,” the little one’s mother, Marie Moores, told . According to Marie, Perry asked to see Grace’s room and performed three songs of Grace’s choice. “She’s definitely walking on cloud nine this morning,” Marie told the publication at the time. “It’s definitely given all of us a bit of a lift.” The Advertiser
The Kylie Cosmetics founder gave her biggest fan, Johnny Cyrus, a very special birthday present in May 2018. Cyrus, who regularly attends
Jenner’s events and has a tattoo sleeve in her honor, was gifted with a $2,000 Louis Vuitton Apollo monogram backpack by the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star at her brand’s pop-up store in San Francisco.
star made superfan/California student Damaris Fregoso’s Stranger Things senior pics a memorable affair when he showed up in the flesh to take them with her in January 2018. Damaris had asked how many retweets it would take for him to show up, and the actor responded with “ 25k“. She delivered, and Harbour kept his promise. Later that month, he agreed to officiate a wedding in Springfield, Illinois, for a fan who garnered 125,000 retweets.
Sofia Sanchez was in for the surprise of a lifetime when Drake responded to a
video request the then 11-year-old heart transplant patient sent to the rapper from her hospital room at Lurie’s Children Hospital in Chicago, asking him to visit. “You asked me to come, I’m here,” the “In My Feelings” singer said as he walked into her room in August 2018. Drake then proceeded to sing “God’s Plan” to Sanchez, ask for her autograph and outfit her with swag.
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Swift loves her fans so much, she has not only been known to
bake them sweets and send them gifts, she actually helped Stephanie Waw — who was once pregnant and homeless — buy a home. “My mom told Taylor [about my situation] and just asked her to make me feel special at her show I was attending in Manchester,” Waw wrote on the singer’s’s app, The Swift Life, in December 2017. “After the show, Taylor took us back to her dressing room where she told me, ‘Stephanie, You’ve been in my life for a long time and you’ve never asked me for anything. You could have reached out and I would have helped you. But you didn’t. Your mom told me.’ [Taylor] told me she wanted to give me the money back for my ticket that night. What she actually did was help us buy a home and all I needed for my baby. She told me, ‘I want you to be able to enjoy your little girl, not have to worry about all this stuff.’”
Less than a year later, Swift also helped a fan named Sadie Bartell, who was struggling to pay her mother Laurie Bartell’s medical bills after she fell into a coma. The Grammy winner left a $15,500 donation on her GoFundMe page. “Today [Taylor] read my family’s story online and out of the goodness of her heart donated to us,” Bartell
wrote on Facebook of Swift in October 2018. “She shows up every time I need her. She always has and she always will. I wish that I could express how much it means to me that ANYONE has helped my family over the years, let alone Taylor. She is the light at the end of the tunnel and is truly the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
It’s not uncommon for celebs to allow their fans to propose to one another onstage, but Hanks took things to a whole new level in November 2017, when he actually
popped the question for his fan at a discussion for the Big ’s book, actor Uncommon Type. “Here’s Ryan’s question, and it’s for Nikki Young,” Hank read to the crowd. “Nikki, will you marry me?”
The “Masquerade” crooner offered to help
more than 30 studious fans with their college tuitions and student loans in May 2017. “Show me straight A’s that I can verify w/ur school and I’ll pay it,” she responded to a fan who asked if she would pay for his tuition. She also opened the door for others to send in financial requests for school writing, “Who wants to join THAT contest?!?! Dead serious. Shld I set it up?”
In October 2016,
Lorde helped a family of strangers make repairs to their leaky home in Auckland, New Zealand, with a generous GoFundMe donation. The family’s home had been set up with high gates, safety-glass barricading and window safety locks to care for an autistic 10-year-old named Rheegan. Lorde (real name Ella Yelich-O’Connor), donated $10,000 to the family, writing, “Sending best wishes and love to you and your parents, Rhee.”
The British author lent her famous handwriting to a survivor of sexual assault and bullying named Kate who wished to get words from Rowling’s
Harry Potter series — “expecto patronum” — tattooed on her wrist for protection in the wordsmith’s handwriting. Rowling provided her penmanship via Twitter along with a special note for Kate. “I love that you’re working to heal and protect yourself,” she tweeted in May 2016. “You deserve this. I hope it helps.”
The Greatest Showman wasn’t about to let a fan who chased the Disney alum down to get a Snapchat pic — and broke his own phone in the process — walk away empty-handed. “@dopekid_23 actually smashed his phone while chasing me for a snapchat — that’s dedication so I’ma hook you up with a new phone my brother!” Efron actor wrote on Facebook in May 2016. He added: “To all my fans out there holdin it down – love and respect. And be careful with your phones.”
Franco helped a teenage fan mend a broken heart in October 2013 when he gave a pep talk to newly dumped Greta Pasqua — the broken-hearted daughter of a homeowner who had lent his digs out for a photo shoot The Disaster Artist star had been booked for. Franco also snapped a pic with Pasqua and encouraged her to post it on social media to get back at her ex. “He said, ‘Post it on Facebook and tell him to eat his heart out!'” a source told Us Weekly at the time.