32 Celebrities Who Are Genuinely Nice In Real Life
Being a celebrity can be extremely tiring, both physically and mentally. Hundreds and thousands of people follow you wherever you go. A person almost has no private life. It’s true that the fans make celebrities who they are, but it is very natural for stars to lose their cool once in a while. But then, there are some stars who are just genuinely nice people. Positivity shines through a nice and kind soul, and it’s not the most difficult job in the world to make out a genuinely nice person when you meet them.
A lot of stars work towards public welfare, with numerous Non-profits opened and supported by them along with charity houses. But that is usually claimed (by a lot of people) to be a PR stunt. People who have had real experiences with celebrities have often described them being mean. But not all celebs have that personality trait.
Here are 32 Redditors who tell stories about these celebrities and their pleasant experiences with them.
One of the best stories about Cena came from another pro wrestler named Kevin Owens. Kevin has a son who is a huge fan of Cena, like many kids are and one time at a live event Kevin and his son were there and after Cena won, the son wanted to shake Cena’s hand while he was going around and high fiving everyone. Unfortunately Cena couldn’t get to him and Kevin’s son felt bad. Later when Owens and Cena were working together in a fued, Owens brought it up as something to work into the fued to make it more real. After hearing this Cena set up a time where Cena talked and hung out with Owens’ kid and apologized for making him sad.
Cena then beat Owens but still. It’s the thought that counts.
Met Matthew McConaughey at an airport. I was an employee and he had some TSA questions. Genuinely nice, we had a great chat for about 15min. After he was set, we shook hands, he had his kids all thank me individually and shake my hand as well. His wife was reserved but nice as well.
When he then hopped in the TSA line, everyone FREAKED out in line and was taking pictures, swooning, etc. He looked me dead in the eye from across the terminal and gave me a light wave again and turned out around chuckling a bit.
Very good social interaction, would participate again.
The dude is over 70 years old, and he’s still touring doing spoken word stuff. He gave one of the most entertaining and hilarious speeches of all time, and then as the show was ending just said “I’m going to be up here signing books afterwards so stick around.”
You could tell he was exhausted after, as it was pretty late. Sure enough, hundreds of people lined up to get their books signed, and an attendant was there to grab your phone and take your picture with him. He was such a good sport and made small talk with nearly every person.
I had bought pre-signed books before the show because I didn’t know he’d be doing this after, and he offered to personalize them for me anyway. I recommend watching his spoken word special on Netflix if you haven’t seen it already. He’s an amazing man.
Met Steven Tyler about 4-5 summers ago while I was in Italy.
Walked by this linen clothing store that was blasting music at around 10pm, and he was the only one inside, dancing and talking to the employees. He came outside to sign an autograph for two girls and as he turned to go back in we made eye contact. All I could think to say was ” Y-y-you’re Steven Tyler!” and he just replies “Heck yea I am!” I asked him for a picture and he said “Of Course!” and pulled my friends and I close and snapped one.
He was definitely a little drunk, but man he couldn’t have been a more fun, nice guy.
Bryan Cranston. I met him once in an audio recording immediately after Breaking Bad He came in, told a short funny story which broke the tension. Then he shook everyone’s hand while greeting them. After the session he signed a hazmat helmet that a producer wanted to give as a wedding gift (bride groom were huge fans). He was also phenomenal in the booth nailing the script and making it his own. A+ all around.
I met Bill Murray once and asked for a picture. He responded with “Who the hell do you think you are?”. I kind of had a shocked look on his face and he finally told me he was kidding, gave me a handshake/bro-hug and took a picture with me.
About what I expected, and I’m damn happy with that.
Bill Murray wished my brother and sister-in-law congratulations on their wedding in a big local celebrity compilation video my dad made for them. They got married on June 6th and Bill Murray began his part by talking about D-Day.
Really cool guy, I’d say.
When I met Nick Offerman he was nothing but pleasant, funny and polite. Had a little chat about Toronto (where I live and where I met him). He mentioned his wife and he loved Toronto.
At the time I’d never seen Parks and Rec either. I’ll always respect him for his persona, and genuine-ness.
My husband met Tom Hanks at a Cubs game years ago, before he was hugely famous. He was standing under the terrace during a rain delay drinking a beer. My husband approached him and asked if he was the guy from Big. He smiled, said yes, and signed my husband’s ticket stub. My husband talks about how crazy it was that he was just in the midst of everyone and most people walked by without a second glance.
A friend of mine worked with Hugh Jackman on the set of Logan. She worked on behind the scenes stuff. She said he was genuinely one of the nicest guys you would ever meet. He would talk to all the workers and ask about how their day was going, their families, etc. He even wrote my friend a personalized letter thanking her for her hard work, upbeat attitude and smile, and love for her job. He even made a donation to a children’s hospital in her name for his appreciation.
Mark Hamill is a genuinely good guy. I worked in a Warner Bros. Store in NYC while I was in college, and we got word one day that he would be coming by with his family, and to make sure any needs he had were met. (Since he voices The Joker, he was a WB VIP) He came in, and stayed in my area for a while. (The floor I worked on sold animation cels and collectibles, and he was really into that stuff.) He was just beaming, happy to talk to people, shake hands, etc. Everyone had to be professional, but we were all smiles, too. The only thing he asked for while he was there was water. Really….I cannot stress how wonderful and nice he is.
Here’s a story from a close relative of mine. Back in the late 80s or early 90s she was leaving a concert and was walking to her car. When she was about to get to her car Mark Hamill popped out of nowhere and asked if she could give him a ride. Apparently he couldn’t find his car in the parking lot and needed a ride home. My relative basically said to him, ‘You can fly around the galaxy in a 2 hour movie but you can’t find your car?’ And then left him stranded in the parking lot. I guess this story speaks more about my relative than Mark though lol.
I worked at a hotel for years, and met a few celebrities. The absolute nicest one I met was Luke Wilson. I met him by accident as I was running to catch my ride after my shift, around 3 am. He was coming down the hallway at the same time as me, but neither of us were paying attention. I ran smack into the middle of his chest and fell on my butt. He was incredibly drunk but super friendly and apologetic as he helped me up, I had no idea who he was. I closed with “you look a bit like Luke Wilson” as I carried on my way. He laughed. I found out from my ride that Luke Wilson was actually staying there and then I felt like an idiot.
A few years ago before The Black Keys really exploded I took my brother in law to their concert. He didn’t know anything about them just wanted to come along for a fun night out. My BIL went to have a smoke and a few minutes later came back just as the Black Keys were coming out to do their show (this was between them and the opener). He was like, oh I was just talking to that guy down on stage setting up, he was a really cool guy. Turns out he was talking with Dan and a couple of other people outside not knowing who he was at all. I think that’s an interesting take, since he thought this person he met was super nice and didn’t know he was famous at all.
I met Keanu once years ago. He was arriving at the arena for practice for a celebrity hockey game he was playing in. We were there to try to catch the Pens or someone as they were leaving their practice. We forgot all about the Pens as we met with Keanu. Very nice, quiet guy. Called me ma’am when I was only 15.
Chance The Rapper
He is super genuine, down to earth, and just a happy, positive little dude. He performed at my college early in 2015, when he was gaining traction but wasn’t super popular yet. That night, he actually came out and partied with us all! Brought a keg and everything and was so down to earth and just having the time of his life meeting new people and smiling from ear to ear. Probably the most genuinely happy person I’ve ever met. Even today he seems unchanged by the fame; he loves his baby daughter and keeps her out of the public eye, he donates money to Chicago schools, he bought out a whole movie theater for a day so thousands people could watch “Get Out” because he liked the message of the movie and thought it was worth sharing, and he refuses to take a dime for his albums because he believes music should be universally accessible and not commoditized. Good guy, good heart, and sticks to his morals despite the fame.
- Mike Tyson
Through a strange series of events, my dad became friends with Mike Tyson for a few months. This was fairly recent.
He came to our house a few times and we got to go to his house once. I would describe him as humble, funny, and genuinely nice. He never wanted to talk about his own boxing career.
One time he just popped in because he was nearby and didn’t want to sit in traffic. Another time my dad asked if he would circle around and wave to our neighbor across the street who was outside. Instead he walked over and talked to the guy for a couple minutes.
He seems to have either been really busy lately or just moved on because he doesn’t call or come over anymore.
- Robin Williams
I heard a story from Aaron Douglass who played Chief Tyrol on Battlestar Galactica that he was walking down the street in LA when Robin sees him, yells “Battlestar!” and runs up to him and starts gushing over what a terrific show it is and how important he thinks it is in all aspects. During this whole time, Aaron is trying to get a word in to reciprocate and say how much he’s a fan of Robin, but Robin won’t have it, he wants to be the fan today and is very insistent that Aaron be the celebrity in this encounter.
This is on an LA sidewalk, and people keep walking by going “who is that rando that Robin Williams is gushing over?”
I was late for a Norm McDonald show. As I walked towards the box office, I noticed him walking towards the bathroom at a distance. I instinctually said “hey Norm!” thinking he would just wave at me but nope, he walked right towards me and said “hey man, what’s up, how’s it going?” like he knew who I was. I just froze because it was totally unexpected and he said “well, alright, I guess, enjoy the show” and he left. Really nice guy from that small interaction I had.
I met Noel Fielding when he was in my town for a show. He was leaving the theatre to go for dinner and we ended up waiting at the same crosswalk for the light. I wasn’t going to bother him because I guessed he was in a hurry, but the light took forever and I decided this was the one time I’d get to say hi to one of my heroes.
He was really kind and sweet, and took a photo with me and chatted about how his trip to the US was going. He was also ridiculously attractive- even more than on TV. My totally straight husband who was really just tagging along to the show with me said afterwards that even he’d fancied him a little bit. I’ve never met anyone with that much raw charisma before.
The show was great too.
Jimmy Fallon. Sat next to him and his brother randomly at a baseball game and they were some of the coolest and genuine guys I’ve ever met. We just talked about baseball and they were asking us about rules they didn’t know. And every time a fan would come down to get a picture, he was more than happy to. He was honestly like he is on his show, but slightly more toned down and chill.
Tim Curry & Eric Idle
Tim Curry and Eric Idle are super sweet.
I saw the opening night of Spamalot in Chicago a few years ago and I’m a HUGE Tim Curry fan so I was really hoping to meet him. I’ve been into Rocky Horror for a very, very long time and it was a huge part of my life when I was younger.
As he is coming through the door, my brother-in-law is shaking my shoulders like hyping me up and I started to cry because I was so excited and overwhelmed. Tim Curry was so sweet about it. He signed a bunch of my Rocky Horror stuff and walked away. And then he came back, kissed his hand and rubbed my cheek with it saying I was a sweet girl.
As I’m walking away, still crying, someone grabs my arm and asks if I’m okay. I look up and it’s Eric Idle who has just witnessed me sob-crying in front of Tim Curry. I said yes, he hugged me and signed all my stuff, too.
They were so nice and understanding of a crying fan. I felt so foolish but they made it worth the embarrassment.
Neil Patrick Harris
I met Neil Patrick Harris at an expo in Calgary. And they give you these cards to write your name on so they spell it correctly when they do the autograph for you. I waited about 2 hours and was originally going to get his autograph for my brothers birthday, so had my brothers name Matt written on it. Eventually I said I’m waiting this long and you can only get 1 autograph so I crossed it out and put my name on it. When I gave it to him he said “Who’s Matt?” I said “that’s my brother, was going to get it for him” and he says “Oh but he’s not here? Screw him then”. The picture was of Barney Stinson so I think he played the character a bit, was really funny and polite and talked more than most of the big guests did.
Jay Leno. And please, hear me out.
When I was 17 (this was in 2010), I got to go backstage at the Tonight Show because I was a huge fan of the show. After the show, he came into the green room and talked to me and my family for a solid ten minutes.
After we had left the studio, we saw him in his car leaving the studio and signing autographs for fans.
The real kicker: the next year, I graduated high school. Out of nowhere, the dude sent me a letter congratulating me on that.
He couldn’t have been nicer to me.
Richard Ayoade is not what you would consider nice in the more traditional sense. In person he is one of the shyest people I have ever met and does not talk a lot. But the one time I met him he gave me a small nod and smile which conveyed such a tenderness and warmth that not very many words needed to be said at all.
He is so free of pretence and so genuinely himself that he doesn’t put on a fake show of friendliness, rather he acknowledges his own shyness but still shows in the most subtle of ways that he truly cares and means no ill will to anyone.
My friend and I met Bo Burnham at a party in LA earlier this year and he was INCREDIBLY nice. I told him that I wouldn’t have gotten through college without him and he was so flattered and genuinely thankful. He also let us in his inner circle with Jerrod Carmichael (super nice) and Jonah Hill (not nice), and took a picture with us before he left. He never seemed bothered by us at all. Awesome guy! 🙂
Chris Pine is an absolute gem. I met him at an after party where I used to work, I was an American girl in London. He was there with my friends girlfriend and the girl he was seeing at the time, but they were off somewhere else.
He heard me speak with an American accent and proceeded to ask me me whole life story. We chatted for nearly an hour until some dudes came over to try and sell him on a script.
George Takei is a genuinely nice guy. My wife and I were at Planet Comicon in Kansas city last year when he was there, and his line was empty. We were getting his signature for my brother-in-law who is a big Trekkie.
We were expecting the standard shuffle through and signature experience, but he stood up, shook both our hands, and then just talked with us for what seemed like 10-15 minutes, but was probably only about 2.
We talked about his musical and when it was coming to the Midwest, and about his daughter’s first job in Iowa, but how she missed the California weather.
He was the highlight of the convention for us.
Had the pleasure of meeting Vince McMahon once. Myself and several others were driving the WWE stars to the airport from a show. As we dropped them at their jet and unloaded the bags, Vince went around to each driver, personally said ‘thank you’ and palmed each of us a $100 bill. A class act in a business where many clients were too good to mingle with the help.
John Krasinski. I’ve worked in the industry as a reporter/writer for 7 years and I have never heard a single bad thing about him. Other reporters, actors, valets, friends, writers, crew, makeup artists, photographers…they only have wonderful things to say about him. I’ve met him myself 5 or so times both for work and outside of work and he’s an incredibly genuine and friendly dude.
Snoop! I was in college, and had to go to the mall for something. The mall is in Brea, CA and Snoop lives (lived?) in the town over, Diamond Bar. I was in the mall and there were a bunch of people outside GameStop. He eventually came out and I’m like oh cool Snoop, but didn’t follow the crowd and then started heading out to the parking lot. Turns out I parked one row over from him and ran into him on my way out. There was a girl near me, obviously wanting to chase after him. I asked her maybe if we both approach nicely and we can take pics for one another– he said yes and took pics with us separately and he told me to “stay sweet.”
I met Mick Foley (Mankind, Dude Love, Catcus Jack) where I worked as a teenager. He was there with his family. He was such a nice guy and had a heart of gold. He’s a big fucking dude too. A lot bigger when you see him in person. He’s like a giant teddy bear. He was wearing typical sweat pants and flannel jacket.
I actually met a few famous/semi-famous people through that job now that I think about it (Mick Foley, Lance Bass, Ruthie from The Real World Hawaii, Pete Wentz, and Kerry Collins.. Those are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head). Mick Foley was definitely the nicest.
Adam Sandler. I see that he seems to get a lot of flack on the internet from people, but I worked with the guy on a project for at least a month or so (spending hours on end in the same room) and he is actually a really nice person. He looks out for his friends, his employees, works late if it is needed/helpful, and is quite supportive of people around him who are new/trying to grow in their field. He gives words of encouragement for growth, but is honest where improvement is needed.
On top of that he is consistently in practice of the ol’ cordial ‘just-passing-by’ greeting. You know – when you are passing someone else in a hall or on a sidewalk (acquainted or not) and they smile and say “Good Morning!” or even just a smirk and a “Hi”? Not enough people do this anymore. That alone gives someone major points in my book!
1.In 2014, the parents of 10 year-old Erik Ortiz Cruz – who needed a brain operation – wrote to Ronaldo and asked if he would donate a signed shirt and some boots that they could auction off to help raise the funds they needed. Ronaldo responded by offering to pay the entire £53,000 for the operation, plus the follow up costs for his further treatment.
- He was named the World’s Most Charitable Athlete 2014
- In 2015, during a public interview with a Japanese kid, Ronaldo stood up for the boy who tried to conduct the interview in Portugese. As the crowd laughed at the boy for his accent, Ronaldo asked the crowd to not laugh at his efforts and that he was doing very well.