Kevin Costner Reflects on Devastating California Wildfires: ‘You Feel Pretty Small’ (Exclusive)

The actor is hosting a benefit concert next month.

Kevin Costner is doing his part to help. The 62-year-old actor spoke with ET’s Leanne Aguilera on Monday while promoting his new film Yellowstone at the winter Television Critics Association event about the devastating California wildfires that almost took his home.

“Well, you know, you feel pretty small,” the two-time Oscar winner told ET. “You feel like there’s really nothing you can do. When you look up out of the dust, you realize you are not injured, you haven’t suffered any loss, but other people’s lives are changed forever.”

He went on to recount the devastation California has faced in recent months, saying, “We thought it was just the fire and it wasn’t just the fire. Then the water came and so there is so many of us standing unbruised and there are others that are this way.”

Now he is doing his best to help give back to those affected by the tragic natural disasters. On Feb. 3 his band, Modern West, will join performers Olivia Newton John and Colbie Caillet at a benefit concert in Ventura, California.

“Listen, we are the only species that would just go stand with each other when we know something is wrong. It’s not like we even know what to say if you suffer the ultimate loss, but you at least are kind of close to them and that person who is haunted now today and forever looks at you and you realize that you stood with them,” he said, adding, “It’s not that heroic, you know, I’m just kind of a person that doesn’t know what to say, but I know I have to be about something and maybe this is what I should be about.”

Costner is not the only star who’s been affected in California. Watch the clip below to see Oprah Winfrey recount the destruction around her home in Montecito, California, after mudslides.


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