CATEGORIES Movie NewsNot everyone gets to have a glamorous red carpet experience in their lives, but being friends with Zach Galifianakis helps. Seems like being friends with the "Hangover" star helps in general, too. The mensch-y comic, who reprises his role as the weird friend Alan in "The Hangover III," brought an old friend he met almost 20 years ago in a Los Angeles laundromat as his date.
Elizabeth "Mimi" Haist, 87, met Galifianakis when she was working for tips at their local laundromat. According to the NY Daily News, he stopped going to Fox Laundry after "The Hangover" - Haist quipped, "Maybe he has his own washer and dryer now."
Two years ago, Galifianakis found out Haist was homeless and took action. He got her a one-bedroom apartment, and also pays her rent and all utilities. Apparently, even Renee Zellweger has gotten involved. (Who knew the two actors were even friends?) She bought furniture for Haist and reportedly buys her groceries.
This isn't the first time on the red carpet for Haist. She also went as Galifianakis' date to "The Hangover II" and "The Campaign." As she told the Daily News, "If he's in town, he takes me. Otherwise he lets me take a friend. I dress up nice and a friend helps me with my makeup. It's fun, not something I've ever dreamed I'd experience. The limo takes me home afterwards."
[via Time h/t Daily News]