When stars get realUpdated 8:18 PM ET, Mon February 23, 2015Photos: When stars get real 18 photosStan Lee recently made headlines for drawing a Spider-Man sketch for an 8-year-old Spidey fan with autism.Hide Caption 1 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosWe could probably dedicate this whole gallery to Taylor Swift, who's known for surprising fans with nice gestures, including gifts for what fans call "Swiftmas." The latest? Swift wrote a check for $1,989 to help fan Rebekah Bortnicker with student loans. Bortnicker posted the whole thing on Tumblr.Hide Caption 2 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosAngelina Jolie didn't just make a fan happy; she helped comfort her. According to the New York Daily News, Jolie was leaving the "Daily Show" studios on Thursday, December 4, when a waiting fan named Techne exclaimed that she was having a panic attack. Jolie took time to wipe her tears, signed some memorabilia and took two selfies with her. Hide Caption 3 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosPeter Capaldi, who plays the 12th incarnation of Doctor Who, sent a video message to a 9-year-old fan grieving the loss of his grandmother. "You should know that we're on your side. So you look after yourself, take care and be happy."Hide Caption 4 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosWhen Benedict Cumberbatch wanted to share news of his engagement to director and actress Sophie Hunter, he kept it delightfully traditional. The announcement was made with nothing more than a six-line notice in the UK's The Times. Way to keep it real, Sherlock! Hide Caption 5 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosSir Ian McKellen had a laugh with some schoolkids in October. Invoking his "Lord of the Rings" character Gandalf the Grey, McKellen warned a gaggle of British students gathered outside a library window that they'd better buckle down. "If you don't do your revision properly, do you know what will happen?" McKellen said to his rapt audience. "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" Cue the cheers, and extra points for McKellen for not being too famous to encourage young fans. Hide Caption 6 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosIs there a better surprise for a Trekkie than a visit from Patrick Stewart? The actor took some time out from his appearance at Atlanta's Dragon Con on August 29 to meet a fan named Dawn Garrigus. The young girl has mitochondrial disease and asked to meet Stewart through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Stewart talked with her for a while, signed autographs and gave her a heartwarming hug. Hide Caption 7 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosBradley Cooper wasn't just stopping by a London Burger King for a Whopper run on July 29. He was actually doing work -- and in more ways than one. According to E! News, the Oscar nominee got behind the grill and learned how to flip burgers for a role in an upcoming movie. Hide Caption 8 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosWith the cancellation of Sarah Michelle Gellar's CBS show "The Crazy Ones," the actress has turned to less glamorous career options. On July 13, the mother of two joked that a lemonade stand was her newest way to bring home the bacon. "Got to earn a living somehow (right)?" Gellar tweeted, along with a snapshot of the roadside watering hole. (No word on how much she earned on the job.) Hide Caption 9 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosDavid Schwimmer was praised for his actions in May after he showed police some video of a bloody brawl, helping the authorities solve a crime. Hide Caption 10 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosBryan Cranston has gone from "Breaking Bad" to Broadway, but the actor is happy to turn himself back into Walter White for a fan. While signing autographs after a recent performance of "All the Way," Cranston agreed to help one teen ask a girl to prom: "Maddy, if you don't go to the prom with Stefan," Cranston intoned, "then maybe your best course of action would be to tread lightly." Obviously Maddy must be a "Breaking Bad" fan, because she said yes. Hide Caption 11 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosAfter an online effort to make it happen, Jon Bon Jovi walked Australian bride-to-be Branka Delic down the aisle before her wedding to Gonzalo Cladera at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on October 12, 2013.Hide Caption 12 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosDespite being one of the biggest celebrities around, Tom Hanks has a reputation for being a man of the people. Case in point: The actor quietly reported to jury duty in September 2013 before the case came to an abrupt end. Hide Caption 13 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosDave Matthews gave one of his fans the experience of a lifetime when he hopped into the back of her car after his bike broke down on his way to a concert in July 2013. The fan, Emily Kraus, has said how kind Matthews was, inviting her and her boyfriend to dinner and giving them front-row seats to the concert.Hide Caption 14 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosJay Z proved that he's not too famous for NYC's subway when he took the train to a performance at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in 2012. The artist chatted with another artist, Ellen Grossman, along the way. Hide Caption 15 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosMost celebrities will announce their presence months before they arrive anywhere, especially if it's an event that will bring them positive press. But when Tom Cruise gave a commencement speech last year to aspiring actors at Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio in Santa Monica, California, he showed up completely unannounced. One source told the New York Post that it was "one of the most inspiring speeches we've had."Hide Caption 16 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosDavid Lee Roth is another celeb who can assist in an emergency. The rocker switched gears from music to medical help in 2004 when he worked as an EMT in New York.Hide Caption 17 of 18Photos: When stars get real 18 photosSince her relocation to New York, Katie Holmes has been seen taking full advantage of the city that never sleeps. Aside from frequently strolling the streets of New York like a regular Joe, Holmes was also photographed sneaking in a catnap on the subway in November 2012.Hide Caption 18 of 18More from showbizAnthony Bourdain previews new CNN showBourdain: I never thought I'd leave NYCDemi Lovato's plan to change the worldPitbull's cross-cultural appealHow much sin can Bourdain take?