In addition to his successful artistic career, Leonardo DiCaprio is known for his great charitable actions. And it is that, previously, the actor of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ or ‘Once upon a time in… Hollywood’ has already contributed to organizations to fight against the coronavirus crisis or save the environment. Now, DiCaprio wanted to contribute his grain of sand in the war between Ukraine and Russia.
Specific, the star donated $10 million to the country’s armed forces headed by Volodímir Zelenski. Note that the Oscar winner retains a special link with Ukraine since his maternal grandmother, Helene Inderbirken, was born in Odessa, a city located south of Kiev, under the name of Jelena Stepanovna Smirnova. After the Russian Revolution of 1917, he emigrated to Germany. She was one of the biggest fans of her grandson, whom she always accompanied to the previews of his films until his death in 2008 at the age of 93.
Support for Ukraine
DiCaprio wasn’t the only one to help in this war. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher donated $3 million and their goal is to raise $30 million. For its part, the marriage formed by Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively encouraged their followers to make a donation, no matter how small: “Within 48 hours, countless Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes to neighboring countries. They need protection. When you donate, we match it up to $1,000,000, which doubles the support” writes Reynolds in his instagram. In addition, Reed Hastings, co-founder and owner of Netflix, also transferred a large sum of money, as reported in Twitter.
On the other hand, Sean Penn was in Kiev to shoot a war documentary, but he and his crew were forced to flee the capital. Back home, the filmmaker went to the TV show Anderson Cooper 360° CNN to recount his experience: “Now I’m glad I got to see with my own eyes what it’s like to cross that border. What’s it like to sit there for a few days“ .