Keanu Reeves is a bit of a rarity as far as Hollywood stars go. This is because he has managed to keep his private life just that, private. As popular as Keanu might be, he’s seldom seen with a love interest, nor does he talk about his love life much since the early 2000s. That is part of why he caused such an internet sensation when he appeared at a Los Angeles gala with a date on his arm. Things caused even more of a buzz when people became aware of more details about the mystery woman.
Social media went nuts when the photos of Reeves posing with artist Alexandra Grant on the red carpet in November 2019 emerged. Reeves and his date were at the Art + Film Gala held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The LACMA was showcasing several of Grant’s collections. It came out that the couple go way back.
The two have reportedly been friends since the late 2000s already. Their relationship began as something entirely platonic, however, over the years it seems to have turned into something a bit more romantic. However, the story of Keanu’s love life is a long story.
The Story Begins
Reeves is well known for keeping his off-camera life secret since he first started his career back in the mid-1980s. Even so, there were rumors that he had been in a relationship with Jill Schoelen. Supposedly the couple dated for three years after being co-stars in Babes in Toyland, one of Keanu’s first big-screen roles.
Schoelen was eventually briefly engaged to Brad Pitt after she left Reeves. Reeves, on the other hand, seemed to enjoy living the single life after their split. There were unconfirmed rumors, however, that Reeves started seeing Sophia Coppola, daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, directed the 1992 film Bram Stoker’s Dracula, in which Reeves starred.
It seems that Reeves might actually have gotten ‘married’ while filming the 1992 classic, however. The wedding will probably not be recognized outside of the Romanian film set where it happened, however. In a 2018 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reeves’ co-star Winona Ryder mentioned something that happened on set. Ryder mentioned that during a scene where the two stars walked down the aisle they might actually have gotten married.
“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. At first, Reeves couldn’t remember the moment in question but after a few more prompts the actor remembered and joked saying, “Oh my gosh, we’re married.”
The most serious relationship Reeves seems to have been in was with actress Jennifer Syme. Unfortunately, the relationship would one day end in tragedy. They initially started dating in 1999 and Symes fell pregnant not long after that. Ava Archer Syme-Reeves was stillborn on Christmas Eve of that year, unfortunately. The understandable strain this placed on the relationship led to the couple deciding to split in early 2000.
Syme and Reeves, however, stayed in touch after that. According to reports, the couple had brunch together in April of 2001. This brunch would turn out to be more significant than they realized. Sadly, Syme died in a car accident 24 hours, after their brunch. This meant that Symes lost her life less than 18 months after the death of her first-born.
Symes had been driving alone down Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles when she hit three cars that were parked on the side of the street. She was flung from her cars as it rolled over several times before she died on the scene. Later, the police discovered some prescription medicine in her car.
After this great loss, Reeves took an understandable hiatus from his work. He took this time to come to grips with his grief. He was supposed to be filming The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions consecutively when the tragic accident occurred. Bret Domrose, guitarist in Reeve’s grunge band Dogstar, said the Reeves needed “peace and time”.
Using His Pain
In 2019, Reeves told The Guardian that he channeled his grief into his original portrayal of John Wick. “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 newspaper.
Clare Forlani is another co-star that was linked to Reeves. Forlani and Reeves played opposite each other in the biographical drama The Last Time I Committed Suicide. It was even rumored that the pair were engaged during a three-year relationship during the mid-2000s. Reeves, however, told the New York Daily News that the pair had never been more than friends.
Someone else who has been linked to Reeves was China Chow, known for her role in Burn Notice. This model and actress was linked to Reeves in 2008. Over the years, Chow has been linked to several other A-list beaus such as Jared Leto, Mark Wahlberg, and Steve Coogan.
More Than Meets The Eye
In recent years, however, it seemed that Reeves’ love life was quiet and uneventful. That is part of the reason why everyone was so shocked and surprised when he appeared on the 2019 red carpet with a date. It quickly came out that Reeves and Grant had known each other for some time and that she had been a part of his life for ten years already.