Actor Jay Mohr is being praised on social media for helping a mother as she struggled at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago last month.
The story of Mohr’s actions was first posted on the blog “She Just Glows” late last month, where former news reporter Janie Porter detailed the story of her friend’s encounter with a celebrity.
“When my friend Taryn found herself on the same flight as actor Jay Mohr, her experience was anything but what she expected. Especially from a celebrity,” Porter wrote.
The story goes on to say that the woman, identified only by her first name, was struggling to collapse her stroller while holding her toddler son on the tarmac. She asked a man nearby to hold her son while she packed up her stroller and he kindly did.
As the pair started talking, the woman realized she recognized the man as actor Jay Mohr, who appeared in films including Jerry Maguire, Pay It Forward and Playing by Heart.
Taryn told Porter the two began talking about Mohr’s 3-year-old son and they parted ways.
Once on the plane, the pair realized their seats were not far from each other, though Mohr was in first-class and Taryn in coach. But that didn’t keep Mohr from stopping over.
“He showed me a hilarious video of his 3-year-old impersonating Tracy Morgan, asked me where I lived, and we talked more about his career and just chatted for a good 10 minutes,” the mother told Porter, sharing a photo of her son with Mohr.
Mohr eventually offered Taryn tickets to his comedy show that night, but she couldn’t attend and politely declined.
“He held Connor and took a genuine interest in helping me out before the flight,” Taryn told Porter. “Most strangers wouldn’t do that, let alone a celebrity.”
Porter ended her post by saluting Mohr on behalf of “every mother who has ever traveled with young children.”
On Thursday, Mohr acknowledged the story, tweeting “The celeb who helped a young mom on a flight – (its [sic] me).”