Keanu Reeves is among the rare Hollywood stars with a private life that has mainly been an enigma. This is why it is not exactly a surprise that there was a ton of excitement online when he took a date to a Los Angeles gala. When details of this mystery woman finally emerged, the Matrix star fans noticed something quite extraordinary about her.
Social Media Went Crazy
Social media went crazy when photos of Reeves and artist Alexandra Grant came out. In November 2019, the two walked the red carpet for the Art + Film Gala held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where several of Grant’s collections have been showcased. As it turns out, the pair go way back.
As a matter of fact, it has been reported that Reeves and Grant met in 2011 and have since been good friends. However, it seems that their once-platonic connection has grown into something romantic over the years. Nevertheless, Reeves’ partner has gotten everyone’s tongues wagging. It seemed as if so many people had an opinion about her and this development in the John Wick star’s love life. The internet practically blew up.
Ever since Keanu Reeves started his acting career in the mid-‘80s, the star has been known to keep his personal life private, away from the cameras. However, you may have heard that the actor was once in a relationship with a co-star for three years. Reeves apparently started dating Jill Schoelen after the two appeared together in the 1986 TV movie Babes in Toyland. It was reported that they split up amicably.
Enjoying The Single Life
Schoelen moved on and was briefly engaged to another Hollywood star – Brad Pitt. As for Reeves, he seemed to have enjoyed being single following his split with Schoelen. That said, he was rumored to have had a few romances. In 1992, he supposedly started dating Sofia Ford Coppola, the daughter of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, though there has never been confirmation about the relationship. Francis directed the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, where Reeves appeared.
Reeves actually got ‘married’ while filming the horror movie, though the wedding probably won’t be officially recognized outside the Romanian film set. In 2018, his co-star Winona Ryder mentioned the wedding during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. She recalled the moment that her and Reeves’ characters tied the knot. She even said that she and Reeves could be married for real. However, Reeves could not remember for sure if they said their I do’s. It seems like he is like many husbands with fuzzy memories.
“In that scene, Francis used a real Romanian priest. We shot the master, and he did the whole thing. So I think we’re married,” Ryder explained. Reeves, who was also in the interview, expressed his surprise at the recollection in the beginning. However, after she jogged his memory some more, he jokingly relented and said, “Oh my gosh, we’re married.” So, they’re husband and wife… sort of.
Most Serious Relationship
To date, Reeves’s most serious relationship appears to be the one he had with actress Jennifer Syme but unfortunately, their time together ended in tragedy. They first started dating in 1999, and Syme fell pregnant not long after. However, Ava Archer Syme-Reeves sadly arrived stillborn a day before Christmas that same year. Understandably, the pair’s relationship was seriously strained by this devastating loss, and by early 2000, the two had agreed to part ways.
Stayed In Touch
Nevertheless, Reeves and Syme still kept in touch over the next year. As a matter of fact, there were reports that the pair had brunch together back in April 2001 – only 24 hours before the tragedy happened once again. A little over a year after her first-born died, Syme was involved in a car accident and lost her life. In an interview with Parade Magazine in 2006, Reeves said, “Grief changes shape, but it never ends.”
On April 2, 2001, Syme drove down Los Angeles’ Cahuenga Boulevard when she struck a parked car row. She was subsequently ejected from her own vehicle, and it repeatedly rolled over. It was reported that she died at the scene. The authorities later found prescription drugs in Syme’s car. An investigation into the accident revealed that Syme was inebriated and had not been wearing a seatbelt when the collision happened.
Dealing With Grief
Under the shadow of loss, Reeves was understandably distraught. He decided to put his commitments at work on hold so he could deal with his grief. When the fatal accident happened, he had been set to shoot The Matrix Reloaded and, right after that, The Matrix Revolutions. Guitarist Bret Domrose, who was with Reeves in the grunge outfit Dogstar, would claim his bandmate needed some “peace and time” before continuing with his career.
Channeling The Grief
Years later, Reeves talked about channeling grief while filming the first John Wick movie. “For the character and in life, it’s about the love of the person you’re grieving for, and any time you can keep company with that fire, it is warm. I absolutely relate to that, and I don’t think you ever work through it. Grief and loss – those are things that don’t ever go away. They stay with you,” he told The Guardian in 2019.
Linked To Another Co-star
Reeves was also linked to actress Clare Forlani, who co-starred with him in the 1997 biographical film The Last Time I Committed Suicide. As a matter of fact, there were rumors that the pair got engaged when they were supposedly in a relationship for three years in the mid-2000s. However, in 2006, Reeves told the New York Daily News that he had only been good friends with Forlani.
Another Name Attached
In 2008, another celebrity was said to have become romantically attached to Reeves – model and actress China Chow. The Burn Notice star has probably become used to sharing the spotlight with high-profile beaus. It has been reported that Chow has dated A-listers, such as Mark Wahlberg, Steve Coogan, and Jared Leto, over the years. Photos of Reeves and Chow together in the Mediterranean Sea came out though the two never confirmed anything.
However, Reeves’ love life has seemed relatively uneventful more recently. And that is why it was quite a shock for so many fans when he walked the red carpet with a mystery date in 2019. The woman in question, however, didn’t stay an enigma for long. It has emerged that Alexandra Grant and Reeves have been part of each other’s lives for a good decade. So, who is this new flame of Reeves?
Alexandra Grant is originally from Ohio, but she is currently living in Los Angeles. She went to Swarthmore College to study history and studio art. After graduating in 1994, Grant started to become known in the American art scene. She is particularly renowned for the sculptures, paintings, and multimedia works that she has done. The inspiration for her work comes from the spoken word as well as dialogues with fellow creatives.
It’s also worth noting that Grant has had experience in the world of film. For example, in 2015, she directed a 60-minute documentary called Taking Lena Home. It was her first time to take the director’s chair. The movie was created as part of her residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha. The focus of the documentary was the recovery of the tombstone unlawfully taken from Nebraska.
A Passion For Languages
From an early age, Grant has been passionate about languages. She had spent part of her youth in countries such as France, Mexico, and Spain. Her work has also been shown at venues like the Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York, Galerie Gradiva in Paris, and the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). It was during Grant’s gala appearance at LACMA when she walked the red carpet with Reeves. Needless to say, her profile skyrocketed after that.
Grant and Reeves have known each other for quite some time. As a matter of fact, they go way back, as far as 2011. They worked together on a picture book that was aimed at adults called “Ode to Happiness.” Their collaboration was so well-received that they decided to join forces once more in 2016 and came up with their second book titled “Shadows.” The book has been described as “an interesting conversation starter as a coffee table book.”
Enjoying Each Other’s Company
It certainly appears that Reeves and Grant enjoy each other’s company. For instance, the pair were photographed together for Vogue’s Spanish edition, and they attended a lot of book signings as a duo. Besides that, Grant gushed about the actor in the interviews she did to promote “Shadows,” a book that combined his poetic words with her silhouette photography. Grant was quoted to have said that “Shadows” is a book “Exploring darkness with a wicked sense of humor…and a little hopefulness.”
Grant told the Los Angeles Times in 2016, “No one can move the way he can.” She added, “He’s a really extreme performer. That’s a huge piece of why those images are so interesting. I knew that if I moved the camera as we danced together, as photographer and subject, we could create these wonderful optical illusions.” According to Grant, she was asked if it was important that her model for the shadows was Reeves. She said it was.
In a 2018 chat with the Los Angeles Magazine, both Grant and Reeves were present to talk about their publishing company called X Artists’ Books (XAB). The journalist who was asking the questions definitely appeared to recognize that Reeves’s relationship with Grant might not be as simple as it seems to be. “In conversation, the two friends share an easy rapport and speak in a comfortable shorthand fueled by inside jokes and knowing smiles,” the reporter remarks in the piece.
An Inspiration To Each Other
In an interview with W magazine in 2016, Grant talked about how she gets inspired by Reeves and vice versa when they are collaborating. “We can spend a lot of time debating. Like, ‘A raspberry hue? And should it be darker?’ We can get obsessive,” she said. In 2017, they founded X Artist Books, which focuses on work that falls between genres and “unusual collaborations” which may have difficulty finding a home elsewhere.
The Relationship Evolving
However, it appeared that the professional relationship between Grant and Reeves gradually evolved into a romantic one. For example, in May 2019, the pair was photographed on the red carpet of a benefit show for the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) held at the Geffen Contemporary located in Los Angeles. It seemed like they couldn’t stop beaming while posing for photos together. The couple looked really sweet as they stood next to each other at the event.
A month later, Reeves and Grant were spotted together at Malibu’s Paradise Cove, attending the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2020 event. The two were photographed holding hands. Then in October of the same year, the pair was seen leaving a Hollywood eatery, and there was a moment when they were in a loving embrace. It appears that they do not mind being seen with each other and are not hiding their relationship.
Also, People magazine got confirmation from an unnamed source that the two were not just friends anymore. In November 2019, the source claimed, “[Reeves and Grant] started dating earlier this year, but [they] have wanted to keep it quiet. Keanu wants to share his life with her openly. He is delighted and grateful to have Alex in his life.” However, the pair did not confirm anything at the time.
Social Media Meltdown
However, Reeves and Grant’s surprising willingness to show some PDA was largely unnoticed, that is until they walked the red carpet together at the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala. Social media had a meltdown after photos of the pair holding hands came out. However, aside from the fact that Reeves, who is well-known for being private, was openly affectionate, something else got people’s tongues wagging. What could it be?
Dating Someone Age-Appropriate
Much of the discussion on Twitter focused on the fact that, contrary to many of his male peers in Hollywood, Reeves was actually dating someone considered age-appropriate. Admittedly, Grant is still almost a decade younger than the beloved actor. However, a month before the red carpet event, 65-year-old Dennis Quaid announced that he was engaged to Laura Savoie – a 26-year-old Ph.D. student. The two first met only a few months earlier.
One of Reeves’ fans was particularly supportive and tweeted this: “It’s a miracle: Hollywood actor dates age-appropriately. An artist with a full head of grey hair to boot. Keanu, I could not love you more at this moment.” Then, another fan wrote this: “Just when I didn’t think he could get more wholesome, Keanu dates within his age group despite his peers often dating young women. Fantastic man.” Clearly, the star was getting a lot of love from the fans.
In the same way, some people were simply genuinely pleased that one of the nicest guys in Hollywood had finally found someone that he could settle down with. A Twitter user wrote, “I don’t know him, but am I pleased that Keanu Reeves has found someone to be happy with? Too right I am. Keanu is a blessing to us all and deserves all the happiness.” It seems many people are happy for him.
Not Everyone Was Impressed
Another approving fan also took to the social media platform to praise Reeves for choosing to date a “smart, creative, independent woman.” Despite all of the support, not everyone shared the same enthusiasm for the actor and Grant’s red-carpet appearance. One unimpressed Twitter user took it upon themselves to point out that “Keanu Reeves’ girlfriend is a decade younger than him – not ‘the same age.’” This user does have a point.
“A Regular Guy”
Another user wrote in agreement, “People really need to stop freaking out about Keanu and Alexandra.” They continued, “Dating someone in your age bracket isn’t courageous; it’s f**king normal. He’s proven time and time again he’s a regular guy. Let’s stop with this amazement about who he’s dating and wish them both well.” If you go online and look for stories about Reeves being a regular guy, you will see that it is pretty easy to find a lot.
Age In The Equation
Similarly, some bemoaned the fact that the conversation had to include Grant’s age. Someone wrote on Twitter, “Is the fascinating thing to talk about Alexandra Grant really her age? She’s a highly accomplished artist, a philanthropist, and a babe. Can she please not be reduced to ‘Keanu’s age-appropriate girlfriend?’ She’s a spectacular woman in her own right; he’s lucky to be her man.” Some people could not understand why age had to come into the equation.
At least those comments were still supportive. There were other less positive users on the social media platform, and they were quick to pass derisive remarks about the artist’s appearance. One callous tweet read, “Menage like wine; women age like milk.” Another user wrote, “Keanu deserves a kind girl in their 20s or 30s at the latest, not a great-grandma.” As you can see, you can’t expect everyone to be happy for you.
More Negative Comments
There were more negative comments. “What is this? He should be bagging hot, young, feminine women, not some old, tattooed feminist,” wrote one poster. Many people remarked on Grant looking like an Oscar-winning actress who is significantly older. “Saw the photos and legit thought Keanu was dating Helen Mirren,” one such post read. We can’t really think of a reason why this poster wrote this.
Helen Mirren herself commented on the comparisons in a red carpet chat. Her movie The Good Liar was premiering at the Big Apple. According to the 74-year-old actress, she was delighted to have been compared to Grant. “That was very flattering on me, you know, because [Grant’s] obviously lovely,” Mirren told Entertainment Tonight about the mix-up. Unsurprisingly, she was delighted about the entire thing. Mirren and director Taylor Hackford have been married for 22 years
What’s more, Mirren had nothing but nice things to say about Reeves. He had starred in the 1997 thriller The Devil’s Advocate, which was directed by her husband. She said this about Reeves: “I do know Keanu very well… he is just the most adorable, lovely person. So she’s a lucky girl, and I’m sure that he’s a lucky boy.” As for Mirren, it seems she has her eye out for another star – Jason Momoa.
“She’s Saved Him”
Life & Style magazine echoed this sentiment, reporting that Grant helped Reeves in coming to terms with the tragic experiences that he has had. The publication reported that an anonymous source said that Grant is “one of the few people who’s managed to get Keanu to open up about his emotions and past. Some say she’s not only stolen his heart, but she’s also saved him.” It appears that Grant really made an impact in Reeves’ life.
Her Positive Qualities
Aside from that, an unnamed friend revealed to the same magazine that “[Reeves] was in such a dark place for so long, but Alexandra’s positive outlook and support have played a huge part in helping him turn his life around.” Another friend commented that Reeves got attracted to Grant because “she is kind, warm and spiritual… and she is a great communicator.” Judging by these revelations, it appears Grant is quite a catch.
Finally, when fans aren’t following the star’s love life developments, they can check out some of his projects in 2020. Firstly, he reprised his role as the loveable doofus Ted in the much-awaited movie Bill & Ted Face the Music. Reeves also lent his voice to the character Sage in the animated film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. Fans can also look forward to Matrix 4 and John Wick 4, which are opening in May 2021 and May 2022, respectively.
A Nice Guy
However, the star’s new relationship is not the only thing people have been talking about recently. Fans have also been charmed by the actor because his usual way shows everyone that he’s really just a nice guy. As a matter of fact, stories of the John Wick star’s generous nature have flooded the internet. There is one particular example that appears to have made quite a big impact.
A Big Year
There is no doubt that Keanu Reeves had a big year in 2019. The actor appeared in Always Be My Maybe, Toy Story 4, and the third John Wick movie – to name a few projects which kept him busy. However, in July, the star showed up in a completely unexpected place: the backyard of a fan. Apparently, a woman had placed a sign out for Reeves – and his surprising reaction made news online.
Of course, this is understandable since Reeves definitely holds a place in many movie fans’ hearts. This is partly because the Canadian actor has appeared in many successful films, such as Point Break, the Bill & Ted series, and The Matrix franchise. However, his popularity is also because the star normally comes off as a real nice guy. There is proof of this all over the internet.
Plenty Of Stories
Yes, the internet has many stories of the Hollywood superstar crossing paths with regular people and doing wonderful things for them. This is why any news of his interaction with the public tends to turn quite a few heads. For instance, this story about an actor who went to a movie theater in Sydney, Australia, in 2001. At the time, his fan James Dator was working at the cinema. Little did he know that he was in for quite a surprise.
In May 2019, Dator took to Twitter to share his celebrity encounter. “I’m working at the box office [and] bored as hell, and suddenly, this dude walks up in jeans, a leather jacket, and a horse riding helmet… It takes me a solid 30 seconds to ignore the helmet and realize it’s Keanu Reeves,” he explained. Dator probably thought that it was his lucky day. He went on to grab the chance to get the star’s autograph.
Just like how a lot of fans presumably would have felt, a starstruck Dator wanted Reeves’ signature. The fan continued, “I do what any sensible 16-year-old does and tell [Reeves] I’d like to give him my employee discount. This means he needs to sign my sheet, and therefore I have his autograph.” However, the actor, unfortunately, didn’t seem to catch on. Puzzled, Reeves told Dator that he wasn’t a staff member.
Something Remarkable Happened
Just when the teen thought that he had blown his chance, something quite remarkable happened. Date added, “Two minutes later, there’s a knock on the door behind me that leads into the box office. I assume it’s my manager; it’s Keanu… ‘I realized you probably wanted my autograph,’ he says.” Then, Reeves reportedly handed the fan a receipt, which he had signed. However, this is not the end of this amazing story.
A Touching End
The end of Dator’s story is even more touching. According to the teen, Reeves threw something in the trash as he was getting out of the office. As a result, it dawned on the teen that the star had made an effort to make a fan happy. The doctor explained, “I realize later that [Reeves] bought an ice cream cone he didn’t want just to get receipt paper so he could scribble his autograph for a 16-year-old idiot.”
Perhaps you think that the sweet gelato gesture that Reeves had done was a one-off thing. Well, think again because there is actually a 2010 Reddit thread for stories of experiences that internet users had with the amicable actor. It turns out that many people had good things to say about Reeves. Of course, not everyone is happy about his acting skills, but it seems like no one had anything bad to say about him as a person.
Behind The Camera
For example, a user with the handle bo2dd2 wrote this: “Back in the late ’90s and fresh out of college, I got my first job as an assistant prop designer on the set of Chain Reaction (Keanu was a supporting actor with Morgan Freeman). Every day for the last few weeks of filming, Keanu treated the stagehands and “grunt workers” (including myself) by taking us out for free breakfasts and lunches. He was genuinely a very nice guy to work with.”
A Running Theme
Interestingly, it seems as if the thread’s running theme is Reeves helping out the people behind the scenes of the films he has done. For example, another user shared, “A family friend builds movie sets – doesn’t design – is one of the poor dudes that just builds. Anyways, he worked on the set for The Matrix, and Keanu heard about family trouble he was having and gave him a $20,000 Christmas bonus to help him out.”
A Genuine Person
The Redditor continued, “[Reeves] also was one of the only people on the set who genuinely wanted to know people’s names, would say hello and mean it and would talk to people as his peers and not below him just because they were practically making nothing to build a set.” The stories do not end here. Many more users shared their own stories of how the star is really a great human being.
A Good Samaritan
There were also non-film-related stories about the actor on the thread. “A friend of mine told me that she was once stranded on the side of a highway outside L.A. when her jalopy broke down,” a Redditor shared. “She had no cell phone (that was before most people had cell phones) and no way to call for help. Then, a nice black Porsche pulls over, and as you can guess, it was Keanu.”
A True Gentleman
Apparently, Reeves did not only help out the poor woman, but he was a real gentleman about it as well. The user-added, “He tried to help her jump-start the car, and when it didn’t work, he called AAA for her. When they towed her car, he offered to drive her home, which she accepted. He drove about 50 miles out of his destination just to drive her home. She told me she hoped he would hit on her, but he didn’t.”
Incidentally, there have been other times when Reeves received praise because he was well-mannered around women. For instance, in June 2019, Twitter users pointed out that the actor who poses usually doesn’t touch a female fan’s skin when posing with her. “It’s not about not taking chances,” someone wrote in a tweet. “It’s about being considerate and respectful – qualities that Keanu carries in spades.” It is clear that people are watching everything that Reeves does, but he proves that he is a great guy.
Giving Extravagant Gifts
Another story on Reddit also talks about how Reeves gave extravagant gifts on set to people working behind the scenes. “I had a few friends working special effects jobs on The Matrix movies,” a Redditor wrote. “[Reeves] bought all of the f**king Harleys for Christmas during the shoot for the second one.” Clearly, this person was surprised, and probably impressed, by the actor’s generosity. Well, Reeves is known to be a really generous person.
Reeves himself talked about this heartwarming story. In a 2003 interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the star said, “We were all in this thing, and we were training together beforehand.” Apparently, the reason he had gifted the motorbikes was “to give a bigger thank you” to those who had helped him with the standout fight scenes for The Matrix Reloaded.
However, if Reeves’ chivalry and gifting of motorbikes aren’t enough proof, there is even more evidence that he is an all-around amazing person. For one thing, he does plenty of charity work. He’s really humble about it, as well. In 2009, the actor told Ladies Home Journal, “I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research. I don’t like to attach my name to it.”
“The Internet’s Boyfriend”
Given the nice-guy reputation that Reeves has, it’s not a surprise that fans have fallen for him – so much so he’s been given the label “the internet’s boyfriend.” When the star found out about this flattering title, he had a suitably adorable reaction. “I didn’t know that… That’s wacky,” Reeves said at the Toy Story 4 premiere in June 2019 after People told him about the moniker. “The positivity is great,” he added.
Speaking of Reeves’ wackiness, some of the star’s fans are most obsessed with his quirky side. In June 2019, this definitely came to the forefront. The actor was at the Electronic Entertainment Expo to present a video game called Cyberpunk 2077. Reeves’ interaction with a person in the audience was so sweet and amusing it spawned a meme. It seems people like to make memes of Reeves.
“The feeling of being there – of walking the streets of the future – is going to be breathtaking,” Reeves explained while talking about his experience in playing the game. An audience member named Peter Sark responded by shouting out to the actor, “You’re breathtaking!” Then, Reeves replied, “You’re breathtaking! You’re all breathtaking!” This is pretty much how everything started and why the word breathtaking has been associated with the Hollywood star.
The cute interaction at the gaming conference resulted in the word “breathtaking” becoming associated with Reeves. A lot of memes referencing the moment started springing up within hours after the show ended. As for Sark, he used the experience to spread his own positivity. When the developers offered him a copy of Cypherpunk 2077 for free, the fan turned it down and instead opted for a charitable donation.
A Bright Idea
So, a sign that says, “You’re Breathtaking,” is definitely a great way to get Keanu Reeves’ attention. One fan from Slidell, Louisiana, came up with this bright idea in July 2019. The actor was in town filming the 2020 movie Bill & Ted Face the Music. While Reeves was on his way to the set one day with the scriptwriter Ed Solomon, the actor spotted the sign on a front lawn.
Getting The Star’s Attention
Solomon said that Reeves got out of the car, walked over to the sign, and scrawled his autograph below the message. The family who had made the sign took photos of the star while Solomon subsequently put the photos up on Twitter. The scriptwriter tweeted, “So, yesterday this sign was out on a lawn on the way to set.” He continued, “Keanu jumped out of the car and did this.”
The Hunt family made the sign. Apparently, 16-year-old Ethan was thrilled when he found out that Reeves would be filming Bill & Ted Face the Music in the teen’s area. He asked his mom, Stacey, whether they could put a message out for the star. She was delighted to. It seems Reeves has fans of all ages, and they are pretty creative when it comes to finding ways to catch his attention.
Stopping To Look
After the family placed the sign on their lawn, Stacey observed that many people stopped to look at it. However, she was still amazed when the star himself showed up. The mom told Nola.com, “Three people got out of the car and were walking into my yard, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s Keanu Reeves!’” She continued, “I probably said ‘no way’ about a dozen times.”
Asking Permission First
Reeves did not only sign the placard and wrote, “Stacey, but you’re also breathtaking.” He also asked permission first, proving that he is a true gentleman. Hunt told the website, “I could not believe that he was in my yard, and he was casual and like, ‘Can I sign your sign?’” She added, “Ethan did the whole ‘You’re breathtaking’ bit – with the posture – and he did it back. It was just epic.”
Hunt was, of course, thrilled that Reeves dropped by their home. The Louisiana resident said, “My heart has been racing for three days. Speed, The Lake House, Point Break – we’ve been watching Keanu Reeves movies for 20 years, if not more.” She explained, “The fact that he was nice enough to take the time to talk to us and take pictures – everyone says he’s a nice guy, and it’s true.”
A Similar Observation
Solomon took to Twitter to make a similar observation after Reeves’ sweet act became viral. “This thing, strangely, has gotten a lot of press. [I’m] not sure why,” the scriptwriter wrote a couple of days after the event. He added, “It’s a good guy doing a kind thing. But I can’t help but think that maybe it shouldn’t be so odd.” Solomon has a point. We should all try to do nice things.
Nevertheless, the Hunt family was extremely grateful for their encounter with the celebrity. On July 26, Stacey shared a message from her husband on Twitter. The post read, “It’s been very surreal for sure. Keanu could have done the easy thing and passed the sign-up, but he stopped and brought a lot of joy to my wife and kids. For that, I am very thankful.” The actor definitely made an impression on his fans.
Praise for The Touching Gesture
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Reeves’s touching gesture has gotten a lot of praise. For instance, an internet user whose handle is keanu_is_my_muse wrote, “I have been a huge fan [of Reeves] for 33 years (since I was eight), and seeing things like this just solidifies it. [He’s] truly the kindest person I have ever met. A few minutes out of his day gave these people an experience they will remember for life.”
A Difficult Life
Without a doubt, Reeves seems to be a legitimately nice guy. However, it is all the more remarkable that he is kind to people he doesn’t even know despite the difficult life he has led. As a matter of fact, his troubles began when he was only a child. His father abandoned the family when the star was only three. Aside from that, his father later went to prison for drug possession.
Confessed Difficult Child
Reeves also had trouble at school. He confessed that he was a difficult child and even got expelled from one institution. In 1988, Reeves told Kevin J. Koffler, “I was just a little too rambunctious and shot my mouth off once too often. I was not generally the most well-oiled machine.” As a matter of fact, the star found out later in life that he had dyslexia. His life has not been easy.
Losing A Good Friend
Reeves also experienced heartbreak in 1993, when actor River Phoenix died. Reeves lost a good friend. Phoenix was just 23 years old when he passed away due to a drug overdose. “I enjoyed his company very much and enjoyed his mind and his spirit and his soul,” Reeves said about his late pal in a 2000 interview with Rolling Stone. “We brought good out in each other. He was a real original thinker.”
“Grief Never Ends”
It appears that Reeves carried around heartbreak all his life. “Grief changes shape, but it never ends. People have a misconception that you can deal with it and say, ‘It’s gone, and I’m better.’ They’re wrong. When the people you love are gone, you’re alone,” the actor told Parade magazine back in 2006. It is sad to hear someone as nice as him say this, as it seems like he never got over the bad things that happened to him.
Thinking Of What Could Have Been
What’s more, since his ex-partner Syme’s death, Reeves has not stopped thinking about the family taken away from him. He told the magazine, “I miss being a part of their lives and them being a part of mine.” He also mused, “I wonder what the present would be like if they were here – what we might have done together. I miss all the great things that will never be.”
However, Reeves being Reeves, the star has been helping the people who are still here. For instance, when his sister Kim got diagnosed with leukemia in 1991, the actor helped her through it and continued to raise money for cancer charities even though his sister had gone into remission. As a matter of fact, he answered calls during the 2018 Stand Up to Cancer telethon, which raised $124 million.
“Grounded And Appreciative”
Incredibly, Reeves is constantly kind even though he has faced several challenges in his life. One internet user wrote on Stacey Hunt’s Twitter thread, “[Reeves] has gone through so much [in] his life and always stays grounded and appreciative for the life he is blessed to live. We can all learn from his actions.” Reeves shows us that our circumstances do not define us, and we can always choose to be kind.
Keanu Reeves really has an impact on people. His kind actions have inspired others to do the same. For instance, in June 2019, YouTube sensation PewDiePie announced that he would be donating money to a charity that focuses on leukemia because of the “Keanu effect.” Aside from that, internet users continue to share the actor’s “life lessons.” It’s safe to say that the impact of Reeves’ on people has been breathtaking.