Keanu Reeves has proven that he is not your usual Hollywood celebrity. He has a deep love for acting, but the huge sums of money he gets from it sometimes embarrass him.
One of the actor’s close friends revealed that Reeves is embarrassed by all the money he makes, so more often than not, he chooses to give it away.
Reeves has been part of major franchises like “The Matrix” and “John Wick” and has reportedly made about $315 million from his movies.His close friend clarified that Reeves is well aware of how lucky he is to be in a position to make a lot of money. Therefore, it is only natural for him to give back to those in need.
The “Speed” star is known for giving his co-workers, friends, and family lavish gifts, and his generosity earned him the title of the most humble man in Hollywood.
Keanu Reeves in Hollywood in 1999 | Source: Getty Images
One of his first acts of kindness that went viral was when Reeves was filmed giving away his seat on the train for a passenger with a heavy bag.
Reeves has also donated money to a children’s hospital and for cancer research. He started a private foundation for these causes but chose not to attach his name to it.
Reeves loves to be on set and see a movie come together, but sometimes budget becomes a deciding factor and forces other departments to cut down on their creativity.
So when Reeves was working on the sequels to “The Matrix,” i.e., “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” he took on a hefty pay cut to provide more for the special effects and costumes people.
This was not the only generous act from Reeves. While filming “The Matrix,” he gifted the stuntmen with brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycles to extend his gratitude for the hard work they put into the film.
The actor has always cared about the process of filmmaking. In 1997, he was set to work with the famous Al Pacino on “The Devil’s Advocate,” but when budget constraints threatened Pacino’s involvement in the project, Reeves took on another significant pay cut because he badly wanted to work with the veteran actor.
The “John Wick” star also extends the same kindness to his family. Reeves has two sisters, Kim and Karina, whom he is very close to, confirmed a family friend.
Keanu Reeves’ sisters Karina and Kim with his mother Patricia Taylor in Los Angeles in 2003 | Source: Getty Images
His sister Kim, who survived her cancer in 2010, calls him her prince. Reeves was reportedly encouraged to donate to cancer charities because of his sister.
Keanu Reeves’s Mother Supported His Acting Dreams
Reeves is one of the biggest Hollywood stars, but before he embarked on his acting journey, he had to ask for his mother’s permission.
The actor was 15 years old when he said to his mother, “‘Is it okay if I’m an actor?” Luckily for Reeves, his mother replied, “Whatever you want, darling.”
15-year-old Reeves did not waste time; he enrolled himself in acting classes. Although the actor said he would have pursued an acting career regardless of his mother’s approval, he appreciated her support.
Reeves got into acting in the second grade. He remembered his teacher inviting two actors to do an improv class, and it became clear from then on that he wanted to perform.
Keanu Reeves Bought His Mother a House before Buying One for Himself
Reeves has had a painful past which led him to delay settling down. In 1999, he and his then-girlfriend Jennifer Syme were expecting a child. Unfortunately, the baby died at birth.
The couple named their daughter Ava, but the devastation of the loss led them to drift apart. A year later, Syme died in a car accident.
A friend of Reeves said that the actor considered Syme his soulmate, so losing her made him take a step back from love and settling down with anyone.
The actor spent most of his adult life in hotels and short-term rental apartments. Only when he turned 40 did he decide to buy himself a home, but only after he bought his mom one.
Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant in Switzerland in 2016 | Source: Getty Images
Reeves first purchased a home for his mother and two sisters. As an even further act of appreciation to his mother, Patricia Taylor, he gave her a feel of the glitz and glam of Hollywood and made her his date to the 2020 Oscars.
Even though Reeves was only presenting an award and not nominated for anything, taking his mother made him even more loveable to his fans.
The actor also revived his love life. Reeves seemed to have found love with artist Alexandra Grant. The couple reportedly started as friends and business partners. They were publicly seen together for the first time in 2019.
Grant helped Reeves with illustrations for some of his poetry, and they collaborated on a book of different art forms, including photographs, oil painting, and more, and called it “An Ode to Happiness.”