Keanu Reeves did not have an easy childhood, but despite his tough upbringing, the actor managed to climb up the Hollywood ladder, while maintaining a humble attitude.
Not only is he a class act on-set, but he’s the same way with the fans. Keanu doesn’t need a team of bodyguards at an airporthe chooses to live life like a regular human-being, despite his star status.
In the following, we’ll take a look at how Keanu has dealt with loss in the past. In addition, we’ll take a look at an answer he gave during his interview alongside Stephen Colbert, one that silenced both the host and audience.
Keanu Reeves Has Experienced Tough Loses During His Lifetime
Sure, Keanu Reeves is on top of the Hollywood mountain and among the most respected faces in the world. However, like everyone else, the actor has experienced heartbreak in many forms, starting from his upbringing. Keanu had a troubled relationship with his fatherwho was very absent early on.
Not only that but Keanu faced serious trauma alongside Jennifer Symehis ex-girlfriend following her passing.
“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.”
Keanu would further state that when it comes to loss, the trauma never goes away, it’s all about how you deal with it in time.
“Grief changes shape, but it never ends,” the actor told Parade. “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.”
“All you can do is hope that grief will be transformed and, instead of feeling pain and confusion, you will be together again in memory, that there will be solace and pleasure there, not just loss.”
During his question period alongside Stephen Colbert, the actor had a refreshing outlook on what happens in the afterlife. Keanu’s answer caught Stephen Colbert and the audience completely off-guard, creating quite the moment.
Keanu Reeves’ Thoughts On The Afterlife Left Stephen Colbert Speechless
“What do you think happens when we die Keanu Reeves,” Stephen Colbert asked, which was met by laughter from the studio crowd.
The mood would quickly change after the actor took a deep breath and said, “I know that the ones that love us, will miss us.”
At that point, Stephen Colbert’s facial expression dropped while the crowd gasped, “awe.” It was a touching moment and one that caused the host to immediately shake Keanu’s hand.
After giving the answer, Colbert cut to the outro, promoting John Wick one final time. Keanu received a huge ovation from the audience, coming off as his usual class act.
Good fans YouTube agreed, Keanu gave such a brave answer due to his difficult circumstances from the past.
“You can hear his voice trying not to break when he answers the question. Some people never lose as much as dramatically as he did during those few years, then the many years helping his sister fight cancer. And yet he remains gracious and kind. Something we should all try for in our own character,” a fan wrote.
Clearly, Keanu has been through a lot outside the fancy Hollywood film sets.
Keanu Reeves Still Chooses To Live Life Privately Despite His Fame
With all the fame comes attention from the media. Despite his circumstances, the actor has remained grounded, especially when it comes to separating work and his personal life.
“I came to Hollywood to be in movies,” Reeves told parade “I feel really grateful that I’ve had that opportunity, but I’m just a private person, and it’s nice that can still exist.”
“I always find it surreal that complete strangers come up and ask me personal questions. I don’t mind speaking about work, but when the talk turns to ‘Who are you?’ and ‘What do you do off-screen?’ I’m like, ‘Get out of here.’ I’ve been in situations where people have felt they had a relationship with me or something and I didn’t even know who they were.”
Even with his private life, Keanu remains among the most humble, especially when it comes to his relationship with the fans. Just don’t expect the actor to open up about his personal life.