Keanu Reeves in extraordinary. Different. And this is why our story about him has no way of going as usual. Quite the contrary. We are simply going to let him speak about himself.

“Most people know me, but don’t know my story. At the age of 3, I watched my father leave. I attended four different high schools and struggled with dyslexia, making my education more challenging than it is for most. At the age of 23, my closest friend River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. In 1998, I met Jennifer Syme. We fell instantly in love and by 1999, Jennifer was pregnant with our daughter. Sadly, after eight months, our child was born stillborn. We were devastated by her death and it eventually ended our relationship. 18 months later, Jennifer died in a car accident. Since then I avoid serious relationships and having kids. My younger sister had leukemia. Today she is cured, and I donated 70% of my gains from the movie Matrix to hospitals that treat leukemia. I am one of the only Hollywood stars without a mansion. I don’t have any bodyguards and do not wear fancy clothes. And even though I’m worth $100 million, I still ride the subway and I love it! So in the end, I think we can all pretty well agree that even in the face of tragedy, a stellar person can thrive. No matter what’s going on in your life, you can overcome it! Life is worth living.”

He is charismatic. Wise. Unadulterated and exceptionally talented. He doesn’t give in to grief. But he knows how to live with it. And after it. He knows what loving life recklessly means. He is a philosopher, a lover, a fighter, a musician, an avid motorcyclist and without a shadow of a doubt he shows the best he can achieve.

He was born in Beirut. He grew up in Canada. And now, he is reigning over Hollywood and the world. Among his numerous film projects, the most emblematic ones remain Speed and the Matrix trilogy, which changed the history of cinema. In 2013 Keanu Reeves makes his début as a director with the film Man of Tai Chi.

And even though the actor is an indisputable favourite of ours, we are going back to the man who knows what is valuable in life. Here are some examples.

“Falling in love and having a relationship are two different things.”

“It’s fun to be hopelessly in love. It’s dangerous, but it’s fun.”

“How do I confront aging? With a wonder and a terror. Yeah, I’ll say that. Wonder and terror.”

“I believe in love at first sight. You want that connection, and then you want some problems.”

“Kissing someone is pretty intimate, actually very intimate, and your heart always kind of skips a beat before you do that.”

“Because we’re actors we can pretend and fake it, but I’d rather the intimate investment was authentic.”

“Life is good when you have a good sandwich.”

“Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times, they can only make you stronger.”

“Art is about trying to find the good in people and making the world a more compassionate place.”

“Energy can’t be created or destroyed, and energy flows. It must be in a direction, with some kind of internal, emotive, spiritual direction. It must have some effect somewhere.”

“Letters are something from you. It’s a different kind of intention than writing an e-mail.”

“Sure I believe in God and the Devil, but they don’t have to have pitchforks and a long white beard.”

Text: Ivayla Vlahova
Photos: Press

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