Ryan Reynolds may be saving the universe as the Green Lantern in films, but he hasn’t forgotten about his hometown of Vancouver.
People Magazine’s sexiest man alive made a secret visit to Covenant House Monday to tour their shelter, learn more about the city’s homelessness crisis and meet some of the people
that access the organization’s services.
“He grew up in Vancouver so he’s familiar with the homeless situation here,” said Covenant House’s Michelle Clausius. “He was very interested to see our shelter and the reasons why young people end up here.”
The most telling thing about Reynolds’ visit is how low-key the entire affair was.
He could have turned the tour into a publicity stunt but Clausius said he came in on his own accord with a “genuine compassion” for homeless youth.
“He called last week and asked if he could come in,” she said. “He used to walk by all the time and wanted to learn more about us. To have someone that famous come in and take an interest is fantastic.”
And it goes without saying the celebrity’s presence caused a stir.
“He’s a handsome man,” Clausius admitted, without much hesitation. “But he’s just one of those people that you meet and know they’re a warm, caring person.”
Asked if Reynolds plans to continue his relationship with the organization, Clausius played it cool.
“We’re going to keep in touch,” she said.