Rachel Bloom experienced a true holiday miracle after she and her husband, Dan Gregor, were stranded during a storm in Bakersfield, California, on Friday.
The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star, who is seven months pregnant, sent out a tweet that day, writing, “Hi. My husband and I are stranded in Bakersfield. Does…anyone have a place we could sleep?”
“We are stranded here or theoretically north of here (every highway going south is closed) and every hotel that’s open is at least a 2 hour drive away and we’re about to just sleep in our car,” Bloom, 32, said in a second tweet.
After seeing the call for help on social media, a local couple, Karen and Chris, messaged Bloom and told her that she and Gregor could stay at their home.
“We were about to go to bed,” Karen told KGET News of she and Chris before they saw Bloom’s tweet.
We are stranded here or theoretically north of here (every highway going south is closed) and every hotel that’s open is at least a 2 hour drive away and we’re about to just sleep in our car— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) December 27, 2019
“We figured that our house is a little better than the Denny’s parking lot,” Chris said, with Karen joking, “marginally better.”
“I tweeted and just said ‘Hey we have a room. There’s cats and dogs and pie and bagels. Come on down,’ ” Karen added.
Bloom accepted the couple’s offer and shared the good news in a video of herself, saying, “We didn’t have to sleep in our car last night, honestly thanks to social media and the kindness of people on it.”
A crazy Christmas miracle!— Karen Hua (@k_hua) December 28, 2019
When @Racheldoesstuff found herself stranded in Bakersfield due to road closures, she tweeted out for a place to stay. This local family came to her rescue.
Never underestimate the power of social media and the kindness of strangers. pic.twitter.com/qRJh4dib8a
“I am just glad we were there because it is so scary to have to sleep in your car,” Karen said. “Like anybody, whether or not it is a beloved television personality. Nobody should have to sleep in their car when it is 30 degrees out.”
Karen also joked that they told Bloom to name her child after the couple. “We all agreed she would name the child Karen Stephen Kay,” she said.
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After Bloom won her first Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in September, the actress announced that she and Gregor were expecting their first child together when asked backstage what she had planned next.
“More fun stuff. I have a tour right now called, “What Am I Going To Do with My Life Now? because the question I get asked is, what are you going to do with your life now?” she told reporters, adding that she would “hopefully write more Emmy-winning songs” as well.
“And also, I’m pregnant! So that’s what’s next for me,” she added, as the room burst into applause.
The actress, who shared that she was three months pregnant at the time, added that though she initially planned to make the announcement on Instagram, she “might as well do it at an Emmy press conference,” adding, “So I get to tell my child that she was with me when this happened, which is really f— cool!”
Bloom and Gregor, who has written for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and How I Met Your Mother, have been married since 2015.