In case you missed it, everyone’s favorite Chinese-Hawaiian boyfriend Keanu Reeves has stepped out with his new girlfriend: artist Alexandra Grant.
News of the new relationship has caused a fervor online, as fans of the couple enthuse about what is often so rare in Hollywood: an attractive, super-talented 55-year-old actor dating an attractive, super-talented, age-appropriate 46-year-old artist. Keanu! Boyfriend! 😍
The two made their relationship Facebook official after they were snapped attending the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Art+Film Gala. A source who also attended the event told ET, “During the cocktail hour, Keanu was spotted with Alexandra and another female friend catching up and chatting.” The source continued, “At one point, Alexandra handed a phone to the female friend and asked her to take a photo of the couple.”
The same source went on to add, “They were smiling and having a good time, and immediately after taking the photo, Will Ferrell spotted Keanu and rushed over to say hello, bringing with him a small group that included his wife, Viveca Paulin-Ferrell. It’s unclear if Ferrell and his wife already knew Alexandra or if Keanu introduced them, but they were seen chatting for several minutes before heading into the tented pavilion for dinner.”
This may be the first time the pair were snapped holding hands at an official event, but the two have known one another for quite a few years. Alexandra worked with Keanu on his picture book for adults, Ode to Happiness, in 2011.
They also attended the launch of X Artists’ Books in Paris in 2016. X Artists’ Books describes itself as “small publisher of thoughtful, high-quality, artist-centered books that fit within and between genres.” Its site also says, “Our books are works of art; portals to imagined worlds; treasured companions; the fabric of a community.”
News of a new relationship has cheered fans of Keanu. His last public relationship was with Jennifer Syme, but the relationship ended after the couple struggled to cope with the death of their daughter, Ava, who was stillborn eight months into Jennifer’s pregnancy. A couple years later, in 2001, Jennifer died tragically in a car accident.
Keanu has also been private about his personal life, and he only recently opened up about his relationship with Jennifer and losing both his daughter and his girlfriend in less than two years. In 2006, he said, “I miss being a part of their lives and them being part of mine. 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.”
Alexandra has been working as an artist her entire adult life and has been described as a “radical collaborator.” Her work is inspired by language and written works, and she often works in tandem with writers while creating her sculptures, paintings, and drawings.
In May 2019, she gave a visiting artist’s talk at the Vermont Studio Center. At the time, her work had recently been exhibited in Guatemala, Idaho, LA, and Austin, Texas. Her art is also regularly featured in print and online magazines, and she has also directed a documentary called Taking Lena Home.
During the same month, Keanu delighted Netflix viewers when he made a surprise appearance in Ali Wong’s Always Be My Maybe. The actor played himself, and his role in the film gave birth to a hilarious song that took the internet by storm: “I Punched Keanu Reeves.”
Since Always Be My Maybe, Keanu has worked on a whole host of films and continues to add to his roster. He voiced a role in Toy Story 4, completed work on Bill & Ted Face the Music, and began work on both John Wick: Chapter 4 and The Matrix 4. It’s safe to say that Keanu is in the midst of a *moment.*
As someone who has famously faced one of the toughest struggles life can throw at you, Keanu knows a lot about pulling yourself together and coming back. As he told the Guardian, “Well, 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.”
Here’s hoping the happy pair continue to delight us with their genuine, intriguing work and also their general selves.