Once people reach a certain level of success, you almost expect them to change. With so much money and attention, it can be easy to fall into the traps of arrogance and obnoxiousness. However, although there are plenty of stuck-up stars, there are also plenty who haven’t let the fame go to their heads. These people have managed to stay grounded in an industry that tries to force them to be otherwise. Whether it be donating money to charity, spending time with fans, or just flat-out being a good person, these people seem to have a pretty good understanding of what’s really important in life. As a result, they have gained the love and respect of millions of people all across the world. Here are 10 of the most humble celebrities in Hollywood.
Will Smith has found success over the years as both a music artist and an actor. However, he has stated: I’ve never viewed myself as particularly talented. I’ve viewed myself as … slightly above average in talent. Where I excel is with (a) ridiculous, sickening work ethic.” Well, With Smith definitely has hard work down to a science, and he’s managed to do it all while being not only down to earth, but a good father and husband as well.
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Twilight star, Robert Pattinson, hasn’t seemed to let the fame go to his head. Throughout his career he’s remained very down to earth and has even been known to stand outside at all times of day and night to sign autographs and interact with his fans with no complaint. Even fellow Hollywood stars have commented on Pattinson’s humility. During an interview, Reese Witherspoon, who starred opposite Pattinson in the film Water for Elephants, stated: “He [Pattinson] was incredibly gracious, smart, and actually shy and introverted. He’s a very grateful person.”
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Vin Diesel may look big and intimidating, but he’s actually a really nice, and more importantly, humble guy. Over the years, Diesel has maintained a very good relationship with his fans, and has seemed incredible thankful for all of their support. When his Fast & Furious co-star, Paul Walker passed away in 2013, he also showed a very kind and caring side of himself when he paid tribute to his fallen friend by naming his newborn daughter in his honor.
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Actress turned singer, Selena Gomez, may be young, but she’s certainly got a good head on her shoulders. Selena always makes time for her fans and has often been seen taking photographs and signing autographs. She has also used her money and fame for good and has donated her time to several worthy causes including UNICEF and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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Sarah Michelle Gellar
Well-known for her role as the title character in the series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar has enjoyed a very successful career in the entertainment industry. However, despite more than 30 years of fame and success, Gellar has remained down to earth and generous. Over the years, many people have commented on Gellar’s kind nature and she has lived up to the compliments by being incredibly giving. Gellar is involved with several causes and has even gotten her children involved with her favorite charity, Mattel Children’s Hospital.
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Child star turned adult success, Leonardo DiCaprio, hasn’t lost himself along the way. Even though he’s risen through the ranks of Hollywood superstardom, DiCaprio still seems like a pretty regular guy. He has been known to treat his friends to a good time and has even rented islands and yachts to host parties for those close to him. Whoever said life at the top is lonely, clearly hasn’t spent a day with Leo!
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Zach Galifianakis may be one of the funniest guys in Hollywood, but he’s serious about being a good person. In 2013, he made headlines when he took an elderly woman, Mimi Haist, with him to the Hangover III premiere. Apparently, Galifianakis met Haist during the 1990s when she was working at a laundromat that he frequented. Unfortunately, Haist had fallen on hard times over the years and become homeless. When Galifianakis heard this, he found Haist a one bedroom apartment which he pays for, and he also enlisted the help of fellow star, Renee Zellweger, to furnish the apartment.
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To put it simply, Tom Hanks is awesome. Although he is one of the most well-known and successful stars in the industry, he’s still found time to thank his fans for all of their support. Over the years, Hanks has been known to return some of his fans’ letters. In fact, one of Hanks’ fans referred to him as “one of the nicest guys on the planet, period.” Now that’s some compliment!
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Keanu Reeves certainly has a lot of money, but according to him, that’s not what’s important. He has been quoted saying: “Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I’ve made a lot of money but I want to enjoy life and not stress myself building my bank account. I give lots away and live simply, mostly out of a suitcase in hotels. We all know that good health is much more important,” and her definitely put his money where his mouth is. Reeves has donated millions of dollars to charity, and has also performed random acts of kindness.
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Johnny Depp has built a reputation for being a great guy. Sure, he’s a really busy celebrity with a ton of money, but that hasn’t kept him from making time for what’s really important. Aside from being a good father, he’s also been really good to his fans. Depp has been known to travel with his Captain Jack Sparrow outfit and make surprise visits to children’s hospitals to visit with sick children.
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