Journalist extraordinaire Anderson Cooper was on hand to recognize everyday champions on CNN's Thanksgiving special "Heroes" -- and "Extra" was there, too!

"These people are making such great contributions to the community that it's inspirational," Cooper told "Extra," admitting that he also gets a little starstruck. "It's pretty remarkable when you're backstage and suddenly, you're like, that's Halle Berry!" The CNN anchor laughed, adding, "And wow, she's as cool in person as you'd imagine she'd be."

Watch more red carpet action with other Hollywood A-listers as they pay tribute to true heroes, and watch the entire program on CNN, Thanksgiving evening at 5PM PT and 8PM ET.

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