‘You are my hero’: Hollywood star Ben Stiller meets Zelenskyy in Kyiv

hollywood star Ben Stiller said fellow comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskyy was his hero during his meeting with the Ukrainian president in Kyiv.

Stiller was in Ukraine as part of his role as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

“You are my hero,” Stiller said when meeting the president on World Refugee Day. “You gave up a great acting career for this.”

“Not as good as you,” Zelenskyy replied in English.

“What you’ve done, the way you’ve rallied the country and for the world, it’s really inspiring,” Stiller told the president, adding that it’s hard to understand what’s going on in Ukraine if you don’t. haven’t visited it before.

Stiller, whose Hollywood credits include Zoolander, Meet the Fockers and Dodgeball, also visited the town of Irpin and spoke with people directly affected by the war.

“You see it on TV, you see it on social media, it’s another thing to see it and feel it and then talk to people. We’ve talked to a bunch of people,” the star said. TropicThunder.

Also on Monday, Stiller met with the new US Ambassador to Ukraine and praised her work to reopen the US Embassy in Kyiv.

Ambassador Brigitte Brink said Stiller’s visit “has brought much-needed attention to humanitarian needs during the largest and fastest-moving humanitarian crisis in recent memory.”

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