Stars Reveal Who Gave Them Their Big Break At Do Something Awards

Aug. 15 2011, Updated 8:15 a.m. ET

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Since the Do Something Awards are all about people reaching out to help others, RadarOnline.com hit the red carpet at the show’s taping in Hollywood Sunday and asked the stars who reached out to them and helped them get their big break.

Surprisingly, a member of Foster the People told our Candace Smith that he owes his success to Bill Cosby who called his house one day to speak to his mother and encouraged him to stay in school and get an education so he didn’t end up picking up somebody else’s garbage.

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Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk paid homage to his brother who gave him his first skateboard, a true do-gooder.

VH1’s Single Ladies’ Charity Shea got a big break in the film Alpha Dog but found it stressful to share a kiss on screen with Justin Timberlake. Candace couldn’t imagine it being stressful to kiss a former member of the Mickey Mouse Club.

Kiss front man Gene Simmons of Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels said his big break came when his mother gave birth to him.

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Many stars recognized their family as the ones who helped them get to where they are in life including Los Angeles Lakers Matt Barnes, Vampire DiariesMalese Jow, Single LadiesD.B. Woodside, 90210’s Matt Lanter and The Motel Life’s Garret Backstrom.

EXTRA’s Mario Lopez acknowledged his mentors at the Boys and Girls Club of America, which he is still involved in.

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Surprisingly America’s Next Top Model’s Tyra Banks extended her gratitude to the City of Paris and said if it wasn’t for the City of Paris she wouldn’t be on the red carpet with Candace. Of course, Candace suggested they take a trip to Paris and Tyra said “we totally should!”

The Do Something Awards – hosted by Jane Lynch -- will air on VH1 Thursday, August 18 at 9pm/ 8pm central.

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