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Amy Adams gives up first class seat to US soldier, sits in coach instead

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Amy Adams at the premiere of the film Her at the 51st New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, October 12, 2013Amy_Adams_cropped

Amy Adams at the premiere of the film Her at the 51st New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, October 12, 2013 Creative Commons / Krimuk90

Amy Adams is a class act. Literally.

Before her flight departed Detroit on Friday, the actress apparently noticed a man in uniform at the gate.

Adams had been in Detroit for production of the upcoming ‘Batman vs. Superman’ movie. Before Delta flight 1706 departed for Los Angeles, she  privately asked to switch seats with the soldier, who had a ticket in coach.

Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN2’s “Numbers Never Lie,” was also on the flight and noticed the gesture.

“I noticed Ms. Adams was in first class and as I was getting seated, I saw the flight attendant guide the soldier to Ms. Adams’ seat. She was no longer in it, but it was pretty clear that she’d given up her seat for him,” fellow passenger Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN2’s “Numbers Never Lie,” told ABC News. “I was incredibly impressed, and I’m not even sure if the soldier knew who gave him that seat. I guess he will now!”

Adams, 39, then met with the soldier briefly near the cockpit. She then went to her new seat in coach.

“Ms. Adams did it so quietly and quickly that it speaks to her character,” Hill added. “And somebody in coach just got a helluva seatmate!”

Adams was born in Italy where her father, who was a U.S. Army Serviceman, was stationed.


  • Larry

    A very classy move, but yet great publicity. I will switch seats quietly and secretly, but somehow make sure the whole world finds out what a great thing I did, and therefore, what a great person I am. Most so-called celebrities are too vain and self centered to do something nice, without there being something in it for them.

    • Gene

      For what it’s worth, this isn’t the first time Amy has done this. It’s just the first time anybody bothered to report on it in the media.

    • mike

      The woman did a lot good thing why question the motive clearly she cared enough to take theoportunity to show appreciation for the sacrifice veterans often suffer to protect our country and the courage volunteering to do so takes

  • Scott J Martin

    I am an disabled veteran!!! I think A lot more People should follow Her Example how to treat the Men and Women who serve this great Nation and sometimes in the Process we loose more then most people know!!! But the said part is Most of us would do it again with out any Question. Way to go Amy Thanks for being You!

  • Larry

    Yes, what she did was awesome and wonderful. But celebrities. like politicians, are much too vain and waaay too self centered to pass up this kind of free publicity

    • beachmama1

      You are an angry little man Larry! Could it be, that she did something out of the goodness of her heart? There are still very good, thoughtful , unselfish people out there!

  • Dave S

    I remember the days where a male service member would never have accepted such a gift from a lady. Its admirable she offered, but she could have given her seat up to a graphic artist like in the new army commercials

  • Dennis

    Amy’s selfless act of honor to one of our soldiers reminds us that individual acts of service still make a difference! If beauty originates from the heart, Amy is truly beautiful both inside and out!! I’m a real fan of her acting, and feel a connection by something else too… my daughter! She’s also a sweetheart and resembles her in more ways than one! They both brighten other people’s days!

  • Rick

    Dennis, I thought you were like many proud parents and just saying that about your daughter. Looked at your link and you were right. She looks strikingly like Amy. Don’t know your daughter the spirited person in your photo looks like she is probably a daughter to be very proud of. Congratulations to you, Dad and I wish you both good fortune in the future.

  • Mark

    I am glad she did what she saw was the right thing to do. She definitely has class. According to this story, Amy Adams did it quietly. It was written and made public, not by her, nor did she boast about it in an interview, but by another witness. It’s just sad to me when I’m reading other people’s comment prejudging her and saying it’s it’s for publicity. How would you know that? Can’t we just accept a good deed and instead imitate it ourselves rather than tear down other people’s noble actions? If you have nothing good to say about what she did please just dont say anything at all. It just adds problem to the world

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