Not only has Paul Rudd repeatedly helped save the Marvel Cinematic Universe onscreen, but he’s also a superhero in real life. According to NPR, the star of ant Man The franchise recently reached out to Brody Ridder, a 12-year-old boy in Colorado who had experienced months of bullying at his school. His mother, Cassandra Ridder, reached her breaking point when Brody brought home his yearbook, which was signed by only two teachers and two students. “Hope you make some more friends,” Brody wrote to himself in a heartwarming note.
This inspired his mother to try to teach her community a lesson in kindness. Taking to the school’s Facebook page for the students’ parents, she posted a note about Brody’s treatment. “My poor son. It doesn’t seem like it’s getting better. 2 teachers and 2 students total wrote in his yearbook. Brody asked all kinds of kids to sign it. So Brody himself Took it upon myself to write. My heart is broken. Teach your children kindness.”
That post spread beyond her Denver suburb, eventually reaching Rudd, which has a history of helping children in need. Actor Big Slick is one of the founders of Celebrity Weekend, a star-studded charity event that raises money for Children’s Mercy, a children’s health organization. Last month, Rudd attended the 2022 edition of BSCC, answering questions from fans and playing with celebrity friends like Adam Scott and Rob Riggle at a softball game.
After hearing Brody’s story, Rudd contacted Ridders and arranged a FaceTime chat with a Marvel fan. He then wrote a personal letter that read: “It’s important to remember that things get better even when life gets tough. There are so many people who love you and think you’re the coolest kid – I’m one of them!”
And Rudd’s generosity didn’t stop there. He also sent Brody a signed Ant-Man helmet that is now proudly displayed in the boy’s bedroom. “We put it in one of those little helmet cases,” his mom told NPR. “He’s very proud of it.”
And it’s not just Marvel celebrities who are stepping up to do the right thing for Brody. After her mom posted her Facebook note, the older students at her school made it a point to take selfies with the 12-year-old and sign her yearbook. “She’s just over the moon,” Cassandra Ridder said in her NPR interview. “He’s so excited. He feels hopeful for next year. He’s excited to try to put himself out there to make more friends.”
Talk about your Young Avengers.