With great power comes great responsibility. Thankfully, in a time when people around the world are pretty on edge, some folks with a lot of power (and cash) are using it for some serious good. With Canadians across the country taking part in social distancing as a means to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are *a lot* of people currently hunkered down in their homes and stressed out about either contracting or spreading the virus, or just generally anxious about the misinformation or overall lack of information about the virus itself. And with lockdowns in countries like Spain and France, and the March 17 announcement that the province of Ontario is declaring a “state of emergency,” it kind of feels like we’re in an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Thankfully, some of our fave celebs are here to lift our spirits. Because, despite this being an incredibly uncertain time, our Hollywood favourites are banding together to do their part to help, either on a smaller (but still super important) scale by helping fans in self-isolation, or on a larger scale by contributing to organizations that are helping combat COVID-19 or aid those the most affected by it.
Here are the celebrity acts of goodwill during the coronavirus pandemic that will warm your heart.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively donated $1 million to hunger relief orgs
As if we needed another reason to love the Lively-Reynolds household. If you’ve turned on the news or been on Twitter at all in the last few weeks, you know that there’s been some panic around the pandemic. Mass hoarding of toilet paper and many food essentials has left some of the most vulnerable—the elderly and disabled—with limited resources. Thankfully, some stores like Shoppers Drug Mart are starting to dedicate specific hours to elderly and disabled shoppers to ensure they get the essentials they need.
But seeing the need for aid to those who are most at risk, angel humans and everyone’s fave couple, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, announced that they’re donating $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada, two hunger relief organizations helping some of the most defenseless populations during the pandemic.
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“Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families,” Reynolds wrote in a post to Twitter, announcing their donation and asking others with the resources to donate.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 16, 2020
“Take care of your bodies and hearts,” he continued. “Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.”
Chris Martin and John Legend are singing us through quarantine
Missing some of your fave singers or bands due to the novel coronavirus? Well, Chris Martin and John Legend have you covered. On March 16, the Coldplay frontman held an impromptu concert on Instagram live for anyone who wanted to tune in and destress together over social media.
Hello everyone. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. If anyone feels like chatting and listening to some music, I’m going to do a livestream on the Coldplay Instagram in about 30 mins (1pm in LA / 8pm in London). love CM #TogetherAtHome
— Coldplay🌙☀️ (@coldplay) March 16, 2020
Ensuring that Martin’s hashtag #TogetherAtHome keeps going, later that day The Voice coach John Legend announced that he’ll also be holding a concert on March 17 (also, Chrissy Teigen will be there, so we have to tune in).
My friend Chris Martin did a lovely little concert from home today. I'll be doing one tomorrow at 1pm Pacific time. See you soon. We'll try to get through this together! #TogetherAtHome https://t.co/YZ8Y1W8esc
— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 16, 2020
Teigen’s snark, Legend’s croon *and* the possibility of catching a glimpse of Luna and Miles? Sign me up!
Think of it like NPR’s tiny desk concert, only the tiny desk in question is your kitchen table.
The director of Someone Great started the tweet thread we all need rn
This tweet thread is NSFW—so it’s a good thing many of us are working from home. On March 16, Jenn Kaytin Robinson, the writer and director behind the hit breakup film Someone Great, took to Twitter to pose a question I never knew I needed to ponder. “Which celebrity men do we think eat pussy?” Robinson tweeted.
Which celebrity men do we think eat pussy?
— Jenn Kaytin Robinson (@JennKaytin) March 17, 2020
Enter: some of the best responses you’ve ever read in your life. Sorry to anyone who thinks this is crass, but honestly, it’s a question we *all* need answered; not to mention a great distraction from all the scary COVID-19 content on the Twitter timeline.
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And for anyone wondering: According to Twitter, Michael B. Jordan definitely does. All of the Chris’s (except Pratt) do. Tom Cruise definitely does not.
Honestly, this is self-care.
Miley Cyrus is holding daily Instagram Lives
It’s no surprise to anyone that Miley Cyrus is all about good vibes. And now she wants to bring that positive thinking to all her fans. On March 16, Cyrus took to Instagram Live to announce that she’ll be hosting a daily Insta live series in which she and special guests will discuss how to “bring light to a dark time.” Guests like Demi Lovato (set to appear in the live with Cyrus on March 17) will join Cyrus on Brightminded Live With Miley. Speaking about Lovato’s appearance specifically, Cyrus told fans that the pals will be talking about how Lovato stays strong and optimistic, and sharing helpful exercises that she uses to be “brightminded.”
“I am totally freaking out and I think my fans and followers will be doing the same,” Cyrus said. Sounds like Brightminded Live With Miley is a fun way for people to manifest positivity together.
Lizzo gave fans a mantra to live by
And because she loves us, singer Lizzo also got on the positive thinking train. On March 14, the literal ray of sunshine hopped on Instagram Live to lead a meditation session in an effort to promote “healing from fear during this global crisis.”
In the video, Lizzo played the flute (whilst surrounded by a variety of crystals, obvi), before encouraging fans to imagine their home, their town and the Earth as a body and to imagine fear as “anything that’s easily removable.” Then she said to imagine taking the fear off of the Earth and replacing it with love, which *isn’t* something that’s easily removable.
“We need to be there to help each other, we can’t be afraid of each other,” she said in the video, before sharing her bomb AF mantra, telling fans:“Fear does not exist in my body. Fear does not exist in my home. Love exists in my body. Love exists in my home.”
Words to live by.
Billie Eilish is fostering puppies
Also hopping on Instagram on March 16 to speak with her fans, Billie Eilish made sure share to urge young fans to take the pandemic, and social distancing, seriously. While Eilish said she was initially pretty lackadaisical about the virus, thinking that as a young person she wouldn’t be affected, she “realized it’s not about me, I shouldn’t be worried about me—I need to be worried about people like my parents.” Which is *very* true.
Eilish then went on to share many ways to help during the pandemic—and some that might surprise you. Eilish revealed that she’s chosen to foster puppies. While that revelation may leave you asking “so, what?” it’s actually super helpful. With businesses, including animal shelters, trying to close quickly in order to keep their employees safe and healthy, these shelters need homes for their tiny guests.
Bonus: You also get to take care of a cute furry friend—thanks for the hot tip, Billie!
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Tom Hanks continues to be a precious man
As the OG celeb who arguably made people actually pay attention to the severity of the coronavirus, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson—who both tested positive for COVID-19 while in Australia earlier this month—have continued to keep everyone’s spirits up by being all-around great humans. From announcing his diagnosis, to sharing updates from quarantine, to thanking those who are frontline workers, “Hanx” as he’s affectionately known, is helping everyone get through this with his positivity and kindness.
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Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx
And in case you’re wondering if Hanx is actually as great as he seems…the answer appears to be yes. In a March 15 tweet thread, author and journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner shared a sweet interaction she had with the actor via phone while he was isolated in Australia. “I reached out to Tom Hanks to see how he was doing, but determined to be the only person showing sound leadership in this crisis, he didn’t want to talk on the record because he’s wary of spreading misinformation or false hope or dread,” Brodesser-Akner tweeted.
I reached out to Tom Hanks to see how he was doing, but, determined to be the only person showing sound leadership in this crisis, he didn't want to talk on the record because he's wary of spreading misinformation or false hope or dread. So we did the (far) next best thing: 1/3
— Taffy Brodesser-Akner (@taffyakner) March 15, 2020
Instead, she shared, he wanted to talk about her book, Fleishman Is In Trouble. What an absolute sweetheart. We must protect Hanx at all costs.
This is officially a petition to have Kim Kardashian West send free Skims to everyone currently working from home. Your move, KKW, your move.