According to his artist girlfriend Alexandra Grant, Keanu Reeves’ reputation as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood couldn’t be more deserved.
The 50-year-old painter and sculptor from Los Angeles opened up about her relationship with the “John Wick” star, 59, in a recent interview with People. During the chat, Grant praised Reeves as a particularly kind, creative and hard-working person.
“What I love about Keanu and our interaction is that we push each other to build new roads,” she told People. “Seeing the other person solve problems is inspiring, like… ‘How do I try this other thing?’
“He is such an inspiration to me,” she added.
Grant cited some keys to her successful relationship with Reeves, including their mutual independence and shared passion for storytelling. She explained that as an artist, she transforms a text into a painting or an object, while the “Matrix” actor transforms a script into a performance.
“We are both readers and researchers at heart,” she said. “We both care about people and we care about characters.”
Grant is also a “big” fan of her boyfriend’s alternative rock band, Dogstar, which played its first show in more than two decades in Napa Valley earlier this year. Reeves is the group’s bassist and Grant knows the lyrics to every song.
“I’m really proud,” she said.
Grant said that in addition to respecting each other’s craft, Reeves has “absolutely” influenced his partner’s work in ways she wasn’t initially aware of.
“I had a studio visit a few years ago and this very friendly, very senior person said, ‘I can see your work has become happier,'” she recalls. “That is real.”
Grant and Reeves have been together for years and friends for even longer. The creative souls have even collaborated on several projects, including two books, Ode to Happiness (2011) and Shadows (2016).
The couple has attended various Hollywood events together, including the LA County Museum of Arts’ Art + Film Gala in 2019, which sparked a lot of interest in their love life.
“The good news about falling in love as an adult is that by the time my relationship began, I had established my own career,” Grant told People. “I feel very confident in the relationship on the red carpet. That alone makes me confident.”
“It is interdependent and independent in the best sense,” she added.