Updated, Sept. 11, 11:35 a.m. PT: Beyond rescuing her co-stars from Hurricane Irma, Kristen Bell has also been entertaining families who were forced to evacuate their homes as the storm barrelled toward Florida.
Videos posted to social media show Bell singing songs from her hit Disney flick Frozen to families at Orlando's Meadow Woods Middle School, which is currently being used a shelter from the storm.
According to Bert Rodriguez, a local musician who played piano to accompany Bell's impromptu performance, she sang three songs from the movie and then took photos with people and signed autographs for another half hour.
"She took time to ask people where they were from, if their homes were OK," Rodriguez told Entertainment Tonight. "She insisted on seeing the gym where everyone was sleeping on cots spread across the floor. Everyone was very tired and worried. But as she walked around and talked to people, inviting them to the auditorium to sing, people began to gain interest and perk up. She was so down to earth that the crowd warmed up and had fun as she started singing."
Bell also had dinner at her hotel with some senior citizens who were staying there after being evacuated from assisted living centers.
She even sang with one of them — and teased her husband, Dax Shepard, in the process.
Even during a hurricane, the goodness of people like Bell shines through.
Kristen Bell came to Josh Gad's rescue when his family was in danger of getting caught in the midst of Hurricane Irma.
Gad shared the heartwarming story on his Instagram, thanking Bell for getting his family to safety.
"So @kristenanniebell literally saved my parents and my entire family tonight from #hurricaneirma," he wrote. "When they were stranded in Florida, she got them a hotel room at her hotel in Orlando and saved them, my brothers, my sister-in-law and niece and nephew."
So @kristenanniebell literally saved my parents and my entire family tonight from #hurricaneirma . When they were stranded in Florida, she got them a hotel room at her hotel in Orlando and saved them, my brothers, my sister-in-law and niece and nephew. They don't make them like this girl. Thank you Kristin. You are truly an angel sent from above. And thank you @ewablueeyes for bother her when I asked you not to!!!!
He added, "They don't make them like this girl. Thank you Kristin. You are truly an angel sent from above."
Bell just happened to be in Florida shooting her upcoming film Like Father. She is "bracing down in Orlando" during the storm, according to her Instagram.
Last run to the store for #irma hurricane holdover prep while bracing down in orlando- we didn't have the option to leave so here we are. Just doing our best and trying to stay positive but cautious, and trying to help those who need help prepping. Every person i passed today was assisting someone else- #neighborshelpingneighbors - it was beautiful to see. Sad that a hurricane has to bring out the best in everyone- but happy that the community will be holding hands through this. Im grateful to Gary and the team at @swandolphin in epcot for helping us feel safe while we get through this together.
We always knew Bell was one of the best gals in Hollywood. The way she has openly talked about her marriage to Dax Shepard and parenting and feminism and all that good stuff, there was already no question about her character. But there is something very humbling about this story. It had nothing to do with Hollywood bravado or celebrity. Bell simply helped a family in need.
Gad had been vocal about the hurricane prior to his post about Bell. Two days ago, he urged those in the area to evacuate, writing, "As a South Floridian, I am deeply concerned for everyone's safety. Please don't try to brave this thing. It's not worth it."
This hurricane is no joke. My entire family lives along the coast. As a South Floridian, I am deeply concerned for everyone's safety. Please don't try to brave this thing. It's not worth it. And to all of those who have been affected in the Caribbean, my thoughts and prayers are with you. It's very scary that this is happening a week after another historic storm. Please be safe.
Hurricane Irma is expected to hit the coast of Florida beginning at daybreak Sunday morning. Over 7 million people have been ordered to evacuate, according to the latest information.
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