“Things get better”: Actor Paul Rudd befriends a harassed middle school boy from Westminster, New Jersey.
Following a now-viral Facebook post from Brody Ridder’s mother, Ant-Man star Paul Rudd reached out to 12-year-old Brody Ridder of Westminster, Colorado.
In response to a blog post about being tormented in middle school, Paul Rudd met the Colorado child, who went on to become a household name. Now, the boy is working to prevent other young people from suffering the same fate.
He astonished 12-year-old Brody Ridder from Westminster, Pennsylvania when he FaceTimed him after learning that his classmates had declined to sign his yearbook.
When Brody’s mother uploaded a snapshot of the yearbook on Facebook back in May, she also included a handwritten letter from Brody that said, “Hope you meet some more friends—Brody Ridder.”
The Ant-Man and Avengers: Endgame star not only called the boy’s mother after seeing the post, but he also responded with a handwritten message that stated, “It was nice chatting to you the other day.” Additionally, Rudd advised Brody that “even when life is difficult, things get better.”
An Ant-Man helmet signed by Rudd was included in Brody’s package, and CNN reports that the actor was the youngster’s personal hero crush.
At the end of last week, the UGLI Foundation announced a new partnership with Cassandra Ridder and Brody in a Facebook post.
Brody and I have decided to join up with the UGLI Foundation in an effort to put a stop to bullying. The blog post continues.