Real-Life Celebrity Heroes: Kate Winslet and Ryan Gosling

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The celebrity news we often hear involves fighting and breakups and scandals. It’s nice, sometimes, to hear some positive celebrity news. We like to hear about Sarah Michelle Gellar as an ambassador for CARE and Eva Longoria using her sister as inspiration for Eva’s Heroes, an after-school program for children with special needs. And this week, we have two more feel-good stories about two celebrities.

When a lightning storm hit Virgin tycoon Richard Branson‘s Caribbean island home, Oscar-winner Kate Winslet not only got her children to safety, she saved Branson’s 90-year-old mother as well. On his blog, Branson says he gives “…many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90-year-old mum out of the main house to safety—she was wondering when a director was going to shout CUT!”

But Winslet wasn’t the only one taking heroism off-screen. Some amateur video of Ryan Gosling breaking up a fight on the streets of New York City has surfaced, also. The girls who caught the footage only knew him as “the guy from that movie The Notebook,” but they knew enough to keep shooting as the Crazy, Stupid, Love actor quickly swooped in to break up a fight between two men.

According to US Weekly, the argument began when one man tried to steal a painting from the other, who was selling his paintings on the corner. A witness tells US Weekly that Gosling ushered the two men to the corner of the street to try to understand what was happening. The witness says: “Ryan put a stop to it, then he asked, ‘How much is the painting?’ The painter told Gosling it was $10. Ryan gave him $20 and said, ‘Does this cover what the man owes you?’ The painter thanked him and said yes. Ryan said good, and continued on his way.”

We already love their work on the big screen, but it’s nice to be able to admire these celebrities for their off-screen efforts as well.

Tell us: Who’s your favourite celeb do-gooder?

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