Meet PEOPLE’s People of the Year: Four Celebs Who Were Here to Help in 2022

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The boldest thing we can do? Help.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what inspires someone to take action, to donate their time and money and passion to a cause, to do anything more than fire off a tweet or Instagram post. It’s been on my mind because the world seems to need our help more than ever and also because the people we celebrate in this issue didn’t hesitate to meet the moment. They didn’t ask why me or wait for permission or get caught up in self-doubt. They just moved.

什么时候 马修·麦康纳‘s hometown was devastated by a mass shooting 去年五月, he and his wife, 卡米拉, quickly returned to Uvalde. They didn’t have a plan; they just started talking to the victims’ 家庭 and immediately saw how much the parents wanted their kidslives to matter. In Washington, 直流电, to urge gun reforms, the couple carried with them thosefrontline stories from the families,” 奥斯卡得主说. One month later Congress passed historic federal gun legislation.

Emmy winner Quinta Brunson 创造 Abbott Elementary because she wanted a show that would bridge generational divides, that would get her and her parents and grandparents laughing at the same jokes. “Having the same laugh is really important to me. I think it’s spiritual, I think it’s healing,” she’s said. To bring people together for a moment of joy? What a gift.

her new talk show, 詹妮弗·哈德森 made it her missionto create a platform for everyone, just so we all have a place to feel included,” 她说. It’s so simple yet important — and the show launch comes on the heels of her incredible year, in which she became, 在 41, the youngest woman ever to achieve EGOT status (that’s an Emmy, 格莱美, 奥斯卡 托尼).

什么时候 米拉·库尼斯 saw Russia invade Ukraine, she didn’t expect to deliver aid to the Ukrainian people. But when friends reached out, assuming Mila could tell them where to give, since she was born in Ukraine, “I knew I had to help,” 她说. Not knowing where to start didn’t slow her down: “We didn’t have a solution, so we created one.” 迄今为止, she’s raised $37 million for refugees in need.

Taking action can sound so big, so monumental. But often it’s just taking one step and then the next. As Mila put it, “Helping — not even asking, just doing — should be our standard norm.

I hope this issue inspires you to make a difference in your corner of the world.

马修·麦康纳, Quinta Brunson, Mila Kunis and Jennifer Hudson are PEOPLE’s 2022 People of the Year! Look for all four covers on newsstands this week and read more from their revealing interviews in the new issue.