"I still have not found the woman of my dreams."
by Jesse Nash
Like a butterfly that has changed forms and attitudes, the young and famous actor Keanu Reeves, who just recently turned thirty-three years old, has suffered a considerable transformation. His adolecent years are well behind him and he is no longer one of the young ones in Hollywood. In reality, Keanu bears an obvious shyness and he is much more calm and introverted. Perhaps his change is due to the fact that he has been a witness to important events in the film industry, but whatever the reason, Keanu seems totally different. With a dark suit a few sizes larger than his own, this young screen star talks openly and frankly about his life and his working projects. We saw him in "Feeling Minnesota" and "Chain Reaction" and most recently in "Devil's Advocate". Right now he is in talks to negotiate his contract to do the second part to "Speed".
There are a lot of people that consider you one of the best sex symbols of Hollywood, but it seems that you are leaning toward the human dramas.
I think I have done enough romantic scenes. But, please, do not use the words sex symbol to describe me. I am an actor. I do not think I am a sex symbol. I don't think I even look like one.
Are you romantic in real life?
I don't know. Up to a certain point it is possible, but i believe that being romantic is something extreme anyway. It can be a beautiful idea, but I don't live that way.
Why is so little known about your personal relationships?
There you go. It seems that the only interesting things about actors are their parties, their love affairs and their fights.
But, can't you tell us something about your sentimental relationships?
I have not had a relationship in the last few years. This is why you know nothing about it.
So you have not found the woman of your dreams?
You mean my soulmate? No, unfortunately not, but I am still looking for her.
Is it very hard to maintain any kind of relationship in a world like yours?
I don't know. I haven't had one. I think having a relationship is hard, but I can't even say that generally speaking. I am looking for the creative extern. But it can be violent, it can be fun, it can be extreme. Sometimes the aspects of the creative process culminate in a battle that ends up breaking up the relationship.
Speaking of love, in the movie "Chain Reaction" you had a very romantic scene.
Yes, I am very proud of it. This was a real fun role for me. I think it is one of my favorites, one of those I desired the most.
Are you a sensible guy?
I think so. I think that everyone in the world has something inside, something to protect, an armor. I don't think I am any different than anybody else.
Tell us something you have done in a movie that is totally different from anything you have done in real life.
In "A Walk in the Clouds" I did something that I would never have the courage to do in real life. Sing to a girl under a balcony. I have never done that. It is also true that I have never seen myself in that situation.
What do you look for in a woman?
I don't know. Lots of things, but I don't have a particular taste.
You had a difficult childhood. Is it true you were kicked out of several schools?
I went to five different schools before I was ever kicked out. After that I had a ton of strange jobs; for example, I worked in an ice hockey rink.
Dennis Hopper says you always remain distant. Is this due to the fact that your father left home when you were only four years old?
I don't want to talk about him. He disappeared from my life when I was a small child.
After such a hard life, how do you see yourself?
I don't have a description for my character. I think I can be the average American boy. I am, above all, a perfectionist. But I don't know if this is a quality in my personality or if it does not serve me at all. I am very critical of my movies.
What is the hardest thing about being an idol to so many young women?
I am not. What happens is that I am working a lot. The hardest thing of all is work and some aspects of fame. And some things that are said about me that I wish were not said.
Do you laugh when you read all of that?
I think my friends laugh more than I do.
What good has come out of all the money you have made?
I bought a house for my sister and I have had the opportunity to help my family out a lot.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Lots of things: go horseback riding, play street hockey, ride my bike...
And your rock band?
We have a lot of fun playing gigs every once in a while. You really can't call us a real band.
I think one of your favorite hobbies is ballroom dancing. Is this so?
And how do you know that? Yes, it's true. I began taking lessons a little over a year ago. Maybe in about ten years I'll want to make a movie like Fred Astaire's. Ever since I was little boy I wanted to dance. I used to like doing it at bus stops. But I need to find someone who is very physically graceful.
Do you enjoy doing action movies more than any other genre?
As a spectator I always go to see movies like "Terminator" or "Indiana Jones". As an actor it's different. To an actor this is all a fantasy world.