Real class: What star actress Amy Adams gave up for a US soldier

The Army brat who grew up into an Oscar-nominated actress has never forgotten her roots.

amyadams0628cropAmy Adams, whose role in “American Hustle” put her in the running for this year’s best actress award, switched seats on a Detroit-to-Los Angeles flight Friday, giving up her first-class seat so a soldier could have it.

Adams made the flight in coach, witnesses said.

ESPN2 co-host Jemele Hill (“Numbers Never Lie”) posted on Twitter about the scene.

In an email to Today.com, Hill said the idea apparently occurred to Adams just before the flight.

“When we were waiting to board, I saw her glance the soldier’s way and then she said something to the person she was traveling with,” Hill wrote.  “Once we boarded, I saw she was in first class. I was upgraded to first class and she was a couple rows behind me. I think she must have said something to the flight attendant, because before we took off she had vacated her seat and the flight attendant brought the soldier to her seat.”

The soldier she switched seats with wasn’t the only lucky one aboard the flight. The gentleman who was the soldier’s original seatmate got his own brush with greatness. Here’s the selfie he got to commemorate the occasion.

Hill gave the star a rave review for cheering up a flight of strangers.

“I just thought it was incredibly classy and thoughtful,” Hill wrote. “I already was a fan of hers, but now I’m a bigger one after today.”

And judging by Twitter response, Hill isn’t alone. Here’s a sample.

Now, there are going to be cynics out there who might be thinking it’s a publicity stunt — just another way for a Hollywood star to do well by doing good, as long as everyone finds out just how good they are.

Those cynics can remember Adams was born in Italy because her father was stationed there with the Army. They can remember she knows how rare it is for service members to travel in the comfort celebrities take for granted.

And they can check out this quick interview with “Inside Edition,” and see Adams literally wave off attention for her gesture.

Class will tell.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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