Ben Affleck and Seth Rogen aren't just stars in Hollywood--they're making waves in Washington, D.C., too!
On Wednesday, the actors testified before two different Senate panels to speak about the Democratic Republic of Congo (Affleck) and Alzheimer's disease (Rogen).
Affleck, who founded the Eastern Congo Initiative in 2010, spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on behalf of the region. The Oscar winner was joined, per Time, by Russell Feingold, the U.S. special envoy for the Congo; Roger Meece, former U.S. ambassador to Congo; and Dr. Raymond Gilpin, the National Defense University's academic dean. Senator John Kerry was among those to meet Affleck and his affiliates, and he was impressed! kerry praised the actor and Feingold on Twitter for being "passionate about the issues.," even hashtagging #MuchRespectToBenAffleck!
As for Rogen? He testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the economics and current state of research of Alzheimer's disease treatment and prevention. His mother-in-law was diagnosed with the disease at age 55, and Rogen and wife Lauren Miller founded Hilarity for Charity to raise awareness about the disease.
At the second annual Hilarity for Charity event in April, Rogen and his funny friends reportedly raised $400,000 in the fight against Alzheimer's. "Bringing Alzheimer's into the limelight is what we're trying to do," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "Young people, unless they've been touched by the disease, don't really understand Alzheimer's and how it's growing," Miller added. "We want to focus on young people and their awareness of Alzheimer's." And to help bring in the donations, Rogen and fellow stars like Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Hart made themselves the butts of their own jokes!
Rogen even worked in a little humor before speaking before a committee Tuesday, tweeting a selfie with the White House in the background captioned, #HouseOfCardsSeason3.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 26, 2014
Props to Rogen and Affleck for shining a celebrity spotlight on issues that really matter!