Zach Galifianakis has been in about a bazillion different things, but his most iconic character is, without a doubt, Alan from The Hangover.
In The Hangover, Zach plays a quirky dude, who is just a little bit weird and immature, but is totally loyal to his friends.
Turns out, in “real” life, Zach is more like his character than anyone could ever imagine.
If this story doesn’t hit you right in the feels, you might be just a little bit dead inside.
Back in the 90s, before Zach hit it big, he befriended a homeless woman who was volunteering at the laundromat that he would frequent.
I taught him how to wash his clothes.Mimi Haist
Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist survived by sleeping in between washing machines on a plastic lawn chair and living off the tips she earned.
She had gone through a divorce that left her living in her van.
When her money ran out, she eventually had to abandon the van, and she was left living on the streets.
According to MamaMia, “a janitor took pity on her and let her stay in the local laundromat.”
Her personality was so infectious, she won over the heart of the owner of the laundromat, “who let her stay as long as she needed.”
Mimi had been volunteering at the laundromat for 20 years by the time she met Zach.
The two struck up a friendship, and after he hit it big, Zach put her up in a one-bed, one-bath apartment where he quietly paid her rent and utilities — for 27 years!
Through Zach, Mimi met Renée Zellweger, who helped her furnish the apartment.
I really love it. I have a place where I can sleep and arrange things, and it’s really heaven.Mimi Haist
Get this. Not only did Zack pay her rent, but he has been known to take her to his movie premieres as his date!!
How sweet is this guy?!?
I really appreciate Zach and Renée for [everything they’ve done] — I have a place to live now and my own bed. I now get my social security, so it helps me pay [for food] and my phone bill.Mimi Haist
Sadly, Mimi passed away in 2021 at the age of 96, but she left one heck of a sweet story!