Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Fun: Nicest Celebrities


The House of Seven Gables
I'm so glad that this week is coming to an end!  It's a beautiful Autumn day here in my neck of the woods and I've got big plans this weekend.  Tomorrow the fam and I are heading down to historic Salem, Massachusetts with my friend Laurie & her family.  I'm really excited to go there, not just because it's such an old town and has such a rich history, but also because they do a big witch/Halloween-y celebration for the entire month of October that I can't wait to experience.  We're all getting into it; I bought myself a fabulous purple feathered witch hat and the boys will be rocking skeleton body suits.  Jim is going for a suave vampire motif... that is, if I can get him to wear his fangs, which remains to be seen.

We're staying at a hotel that has an indoor water park, so on Sunday we will let the kiddos splash, hoot and holler to their little hearts' content.  Should be fun!

Ahoy, let's matey!
Speaking of fun, let's keep things light and frothy here on the OOBH today, shall we?  Last night one of my Facebook friends shared a link to a story about Johnny Depp showing up at a young fan's elementary school in full Jack Sparrow mode.  She had written him a fan letter so he surprised her because he's just an awesome, awesome guy.  It got me thinking about other celebrities who are known for being nice.  You don't hear as much about them as you hear about the a-holes, so let's bring on the good vibes and celebrate the GOOD people of Hollyweird today.

Here's my list of celebs who I've heard are genuinely nice folks who just happen to be rich and famous.  Please feel free to burst my bubble (I know you will!) if you've heard otherwise, and don't forget to add anyone I may have missed in the Comment section!  I'd especially love to hear about any personal experiences you may have had with a nice celebrity.

Hugh Jackman

Father, husband, actor of stage and screen, and reportedly a super-nice guy with a self-deprecating sense of humor.  Also, incredibly hot and has a to-die-for Aussie accent.  *swooooon*

Renee Zellweger

By all accounts, this sweet Texan hasn't forgotten her modest roots.  I heard a great story about a woman who encountered Renee in the shoe section of a department store.  The woman was trying on a pair of expensive high heels and Renee admired the shoes and encouraged her to get them.  The woman said she wished she could but couldn't afford them.  They went their separate ways and the next thing she knew Renee appeared with a shopping bag containing the shoes, gave it to her and told her to enjoy them and have a great day.  Pretty wonderful!

George Clooney

He's an actor, director, philanthropist, and on-set comedian.  Everyone who works with him seem to love him, and he's as well-known for his charitable donations as he is for his handsome mug.  He's an unapologetic bachelor who doesn't seem to lie about what he wants from women: good looks, good times, and zero pressure to get married.  Sounds reasonable to me!

 No, this isn't just another excuse for me to use this picture again.  *shifty-eyed*

Jason Bateman
Jason is known for being a nice guy, which is impressive considering that he's been in the business for his entire life and we all know that child stars don't often turn out to be well-rounded, normal folks.  He recently got some flack for cutting a line at the Apple store, but let's look at the facts.  Instead of sending an assistant to the Apple store at the crack of dawn to get his new iPhone he went himself.  He got at the end of the line and was waiting for almost two hours with all the other schlubs when an Apple employee noticed him and brought him in to get his iPhone first.  He never asked for special celebrity treatment, didn't expect it - why does accepting it make him an asshole?

Whatevs.  I'd let Jason cut MY line anytime!

Ellen Degeneres

 Unlike another ex-daytime talk show hostess who was once dubbed "The Queen of Nice" but who turned out to be an absolute beast IRL (*cough*RosieO'Donnell*cough*), I truly believe that Ellen is as nice as she seems to be on TV.  I love that she's always giving things away to needy families and standing up for people who are bullied but who deserve respect and civil rights as much as anybody else.  I love that she doesn't apologize for being who she is, because who she is is pretty great.  Above all, I LOVE her sense of humor!

Will Smith

Handsome, great sense of humor, talented, and a devoted husband and father - what's not to like about Will Smith?  Have you EVER heard a bad word uttered about him?  Yeah, me either!

Reese Witherspoon

On set, she's reportedly friendly to every single person, not just the VIPs.  She takes her kids to school herself and jogs without make-up and still looks fantastic.  When someone is this pretty and nice it makes it really hard to hate her, damn it!  Plus - she was Elle Woods AND June Carter Cash - so she's A-OK in my book.

Steve Carell

He rarely curses.  In fact, he's known for liberally sprinkling the word, "Gosh!" into his sentences.  His niceness seems to seep out of his characters, too, and he apparently never takes a project that doesn't feel right or that his kids wouldn't be proud of.

Well, there's my list!  Who's on yours?

PS)  Have a great weekend, everyone!  La Bev thinks you're swell.  *mwah*


Frank Irwin said...

Sandra Bullock, even though she won't return my phone calls. Lyle Lovett, as well (hmmm...there's a blog post there...).

Brooklyn ML said...

I have yet to bump into a celebrity here in CA, but you'll be the first to know when I do.

Samsmama said...

Well, I was going to say Sandra but Frank beat me to it. I've got to think that Matt Damon is a great guy. Whenever I see him interviewed it always makes me laugh. And damn straight about Ellen! She is just the best!

Salt said...

I didn't think it was possible for me to love Johnny Depp any more than I already did, but then I saw that story on the Today show this morning. SO awesome. What a cool guy!!

Mala said...

Damn it! Johnny hasn't responded to ANY of my letters. Maybe I'll just have to rename my boudoir "Elementary School" and keep sending him invites. School is in session, Cap'n Jack.

Well Robert Forster ("Jackie Brown", "Mulholland Dr" "Me, Myself & Irene") gave me chocolate the first time I met him. And that was before he knew I would totally make out with him. Totally a nice guy in my book.

Have a great weekend, Bevers. Say HI to Christine O'Donnell for me.

MtnMama said...

It's been decades, but I used to have Celebrity Encounters. (ahem...)
Mike Farrell of MASH is authentically nice. That's the best one I've actually met. I'm happy to see that he continued working long after our visit.

I would be ALL OVER going to Salem! If I ever, ever get to MA, that would be on my short list. Far in front of visting Buster's family...

Stuart said...

Thank you for this post, Bev! I love hearing about celebs who are still just damned nice folk. To add to the list:

Matt Damon. I've heard he's very down-to-earth and genuinely nice. That, and he's cute. Just sayin'.

Drew Carey. Another guy whom I just know would spend the entire evening just hanging and having beers with anyone.

Dave Grohl. I admit I have a man-crush on the Grohl, but it's not just 'cause he's an amazingly talented musical genius. One example of his awesomeness was when he heard a story about two miners in New Zealand who were trapped for a week after a cave collapse and kept themselves in good spirits by listening to a Foo Fighters CD that one of them had. Now, he coulda sent t-shirts, concert tickets, CDs, whatever. But hell to the no. This is the fucking Grohl, folks. He flew to New Zealand and took those guys out for beers. And not just a few. An entire fucking weekend of getting plowed with the Foo Fuckin Fighters.

Awesome defined.


Samsmama said...

I want to get plowed by Dave Grohl. Wait, what?

Lee said...

Ken Curtis (Festus from Gunsmoke) was very gracious and incredibly patient with a herd of 5-year old girls and their star-struck mothers at a Mississippi rodeo in 1965.

Gene Hackman is totally down-to-earth and very decent. Leonard Nimoy is also quite personable.

Cary said...

Reese is awesome. I've never met her, but I know people who worked on the set of Sweet Home Alabama and loved her. After the film wrapped, she gave every single person on the crew a gift -- even the craft services people. That's rare.

I saw Gene Hackman speak here in ATL about a book he'd co-written with another guy. He was very gracious despite some really rude and inane questions from audience members.

I've done two promo shoots with Jackie Chan and he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, celebrity or otherwise. Chris Tucker was also nice.

Clooney's a stand-up guy. He came to blows with director David Russell on the set of Three Kings after Russell was abusive to some of the extras. (You might remember Russell from the I Heart Huckabees clip where he yelled at Lily Tomlin and threw stuff and called her a cunt.)

I've heard from people in the biz that Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Wil Wheaton, Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, and Denzel Washington are all nice folk.


I met Karl Malone when he played for the Lakers. bear with me on this story. I'm at a starbucks and standing in front of me is a tall,muscular,black dude. I think to myself, "dude looks like a basketball player (based on how he was built). He turns around and oh shit it's the mailman karl Malone. One guys says something to him about how he and the Lakers rock. I want an autograph. I send my GF at that time to get it. She returns laughing. "he wants you to ask him for it", she tells me. "Why are you sending your girl to get my autograph...". He kept fucking with me to intimidate me but he was nice about it and gave me his autograph.

Frank Irwin said...

Cool story, Israel. I once ran into Boston Celtic Robert Parrish at an auto parts store. I didn't get an autograph, though, because I didn't have a GF at the time.

Rich Girl Red said...

Robert Redford is a true gentleman. He was in Nashville years ago filming "The Last Castle" and spoke to every extra, every single person involved. (I worked craft services -- he loved my muffins.)

The celebrities I've encountered who were great: Richard Harris, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Dolly Parton, Robert Plant, John Corbett, Harry Connick, Jr., and Olympia Dukakis.

The not so great ones: Mickey Rooney, Mikhail Baryshnikov (but who cares), Yul Brenner (he was dying, he couldn't help it), Tommy Lee Jones (broke my heart), and Elton John (biggest diva EVER).

I used to work craft services for music videos and some movies/television and if anyone acknowledged us, they were instant favorites.

Frank Irwin said...

(I worked craft services -- he loved my muffins.)

I'll bet he did, RGR. I'll bet he did.