the House of Cards star spent time laughing and engaging with each and every patient
While presidential hopefuls are busy on the campaign trail, President Frank Underwood showed off his soft side over the weekend.
Kevin Spacey took time to visit the kids at Seacrest Studios at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Saturday.
While he was there, he goofed off with the kids, signed autographs and answered a slew of silly questions.
Spacey, who has been filming Baby Driver, alongside Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx in Atlanta, also brought along a surprise musical guest for his visit. The actor was accompanied by 11-year-old singer-songwriter Marisa McKaye, whom he had discovered while visiting Nashville just days prior
“It was serendipitous how it all happened,” said Mckaye’s father, Greg Galdino. “Kevin was very moved and inspired by the song.”
Spacey was dining at the Bluebird Café in Nashville when he couldn’t help but be impressed by the aspiring singer, who was performing her original song “Warrior (Emilia’s song)” for a family friend who is battling cancer for the third time. After hearing her sing, he decided she would be a great person for him to bring as a guest when he visited the Atlanta hospital.
And he was right. After introducing the young girl, McKaye sat next to Spacey and sang “Warrior,” a song filled with inspiration and hope, for a captive audience of patients, staff and families.
“It was really a sweet song,” one staffer told PEOPLE.
After the song, the House of Cards star spent time laughing and chatting it up with each and every patient.
“In the time he spent visiting with our patients, he was as warm as he was funny,” a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta spokesperson tells PEOPLE. “Though our staff and patient’s parents were more familiar with him and his notorious roles upon arrival (one even made a sign that read “Underwood for President”), he’d clearly won over many young fans by the time he left.”
Patients were able to learn fun facts about the actor, including that he would wear a sweater for the rest of his life, has a dog named Boston and used to drive a 1968 Volkswagen bug.
“Regardless of each patient’s condition, he was able to find a connection with everyone he met – whether it was by answering silly questions, signing autographs or posing for photo,” the hospital rep continues. “The fact that he took time out of his busy schedule to stop by for a visit made our patients feel special. It was a welcomed distraction from their circumstances.”
Even McKaye was taken with Spacey’s charm. “She was just so excited to get the opportunity to perform for the people the song was meant for,” said her dad. “She had a great time.”