A-list celebrities have long had a reputation for being detached from reality. With wealth, power, and success comes the ability to close yourself off from the world and just focus on selfish endeavors. While that may be true of many, there are certain high-powered famous people who have used their influence for good, and the charitable effect they have can be contagious.
Underneath all the glitz and glamour, these nine stars have shown that they really care about those in need and have gone out of their way to help the little guy.
1. Johnny Depp
In a confession sweet enough to break your heart, Johnny Depp admitted that he travels with his Captain Jack costume so he can drop in to hospitals dressed as the swarthy pirate. He explained:
Sometimes you go to kiddie hospitals and things like that. I'll just sneak in and go and surprise a bunch of kiddies through the different wards…It basically turns into a two-, three-hour improvisation and it's really fun. So I travel with Captain Jack.
2. Megan Fox
Megan Fox proved that she's beautiful inside and out when she made a special visit to the the pediatric ward of Harbor UCLA Medical Center with husband Brian Austin Green. There, the two gave out a whole collection of toys to each of the kids and took some time to talk to them individually.
3. Chris Pratt
Continuing his reign as "Greatest Human Alive," Chris Pratt visited Children's Hospital of Los Angeles clad in Star Lord's get-up from Guardians of the Galaxy. In true Pratt fashion, he actually planned to steal the outfit for this exact purpose. Before the movie even debuted, he told reporters:
If it was a big enough movie, to where it would mean something to a kid who's sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I'll do that. I think that's awesome, man.
Now that's a hero.
4. Jennifer Lawrence
Last Christmas, Jennifer Lawrence made many kids' holiday a little brighter when she visited Kosair Children's Hospital in her hometown of Louisville, KY. In fact, the star of The Hunger Games series has made a tradition of visiting kids too sick to head home for family festivities since she did the same thing in 2014.
5. Christian Bale
When former Batman Christian Bale found out that four-year-old Jayden Barber had been living with leukemia for half of his life, he decided to fly Jayden's entire family out to Disneyland for a fully paid vacation. He even grabbed dinner with them at Disneyland's exclusive Club 33. The family was absolutely elated, and Jayden apparently chatted with Bale like they were old friends:
Christian, his wife and daughter are three of the most beautiful people we have ever met! Christian made these arrangements for us personally and ensured we were treated like royalty. I don't have even one negative thing to say about them.
6. J.K. Rowling
This example happened several years ago, but it remains just as inspiring as ever. When J.K. Rowling got back from vacation between the release of books three and four in the Harry Potter series, she received word that a young fan, Natalie McDonald, was suffering from terminal leukemia. Rowling wrote back with the ending of the unreleased book, but Natalie had already tragically passed away.
Rowling's kindness didn't stop there, however. When she discovered that Natalie would never be able to finish the series, the author immortalized her as a character in the books. Natalie was sorted into Gryffindor, the only appropriate house for her bravery.
7. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting
In the age of social media, celebs can connect with their fans more readily than ever, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting took that opportunity to connect with a young fan named Nicole, who is suffering from life-threatening cancer. Nicole's favorite show is The Big Bang Theory, so her friends and family reached out to Kaley who responded with this personalized video message.
8. Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield donned his Spider-Man costume to make a surprise visit to a London charity, Kids' City, an organization that helps underprivileged acquire access to jobs and real-world skills. Garfield spent the whole day with them, even playing basketball before taking off his costume to get to know them a bit better.
9. Chris Evans
Chris Evans has made a few appearances to cheer up hospitalized kids, but his most memorable was definitely when he joined forces with the aforementioned Chris Pratt. The pair made a Superbowl bet, and even though Evans' team came out on top, he still made an encouraging appearance at Seattle Children's Hospital—in full costume, no less.
Tweets and reactions poured in detailing how happy Captain America was able to make everyone, even under their unfortunate circumstances.
All in all, this group of people has shown what it takes to be a real hero, and that's just a little bit of compassion.