'Tis the season for giving and Ryan Reynolds melted our hearts when he pulled out all the stops to ensure a nine-year-old boy didn't feel alone on his birthday.
The Deadpool actor, who is married to Blake Lively, sent a super sweet message to cheer up a fan named Damien. The little boy had recently moved schools and his dad Tommy asked for people to send birthday cards to his son, but they weren't expecting his favourite superhero to respond.
In the video to Damien, Ryan said: "I heard you're a big fan of Deadpool (I am too). I relate to your story a lot because I also went to a new school when I was a kid, a couple of them actually."
And the star made some heartfelt confessions of his own too...
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Ryan continued: "And I remember how alienating that felt, and I remember how alone I felt and unseen I felt. As I've become a borderline grown-up, I would say that one of the things I've come to realise is that when you feel you're suffering and when you feel bad about something, usually it's because you feel like you're the only one. Usually it's because you feel like you're totally alone."
He also sent his wishes from afar in the hope that the little boy didn't feel on his own anymore.
"I think the reason that people have grabbed onto this story, about you and what you're going through is because they relate to it. All across Canada, people all over the world, they're saying, 'That's me, I feel just like Damien,' so I guess the point is, you're not alone," he added.
Ryan Reynolds is a true Saint. thank you for making .My sons birthday wish come true. blow this up for Damien. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY BOY!!!!♬ Atlas: Touch - Sleeping At Last
And with filming underway for Deadpool 3, it is super sweet that Ryan took time out from his busy schedule filming with Marvel Studios to make the recording.
But it's not the only generous thing Ryan has done, this Thanksgiving he and wife Blake donated a whopping $500k to a Covenant House in Vancouver and Toronto to help support the homeless and at-risk youths.
Their donation, "an incredible act of kindness and philanthropy", will go to support, "homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth across the nation", according to the Covenant House Vancouver blog.
Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.
Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.
Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.
Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.
When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.
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