A clairvoyant told me secrets about my family
Keanu Reeves talks about the best and worst of times
by Roald Rynning
Now 38, Keanu returns this week in the block-buster sequel The Matrix Reloaded. The reclusive star has been through the deaths of his daughter Ava, who was still-born on Christmas Eve 1999, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, who was killed the following year in a road accident
What was your childhood like?
I was born in Beirut, but grew up in Australia and America before my family settled in Toronto, Canada. My mother Patricia worked in rock 'n' roll, doing costumes for people like Alice Cooper. My stepfather was a theatre director and the people in his world seemed very exotic to me.
What's the best thing about fame?
The experiences I've had working in Hollywood have been some of the best in my life. So, if a film is successful and that success has other consequences, then I'm willing to go through it.
What's the worst thing about fame?
The loss of privacy is sometimes frustrating. But I'm not so famous that I can't go shopping.
How do you feel about being called a heart-throb?
It's flattering, but I don't take it seriously. I know how Hollywood operates. To them I'm just a product to market. All I'm interested in is doing good work.
It hasn't affected your ego?
Well, it has and it hasn't. I'm fairly vain, but I'm trying to keep it under control.
Why do we never see you at premieres?
I try to keep a low profile. I don't like to be seen out on the town because I don't feel at ease when I'm being photographed.
Do tabloid stories upset you?
No. They've got so crazy, they're not even worth thinking about.
Any one you particularly recall?
There was one claiming someone was trying to sell my spleen on the Internet. That's pretty wacky, especially since my spleen is still in me.
There have been rumours that you might be gay or you're on drugs?
I don't care if anyone thinks I'm gay or not, or if I'm on drugs or not.
Who are your friends in Hollywood?
I don't have famous friends. All my friends are people I've known for many years, or people I've met outside the industry.
Would you like to marry?
It would be great because it's important to me to have a home and a family.
Why have you spent most of your adult life living in hotels?
That's the way I like it. And I like room service. Most of the time I'm on location or on the road with my band Dog Star. When I'm working I think only about work. Girls have got close very rarely.
Where do you consider home?
I've pretty much led a nomadic lifestyle, but in my heart I'll always consider Toronto my home. It was a great place to grow up.
What's the best thing about earning £10m per film?
That I don't need to think about the money when I accept a movie. I can play Hamlet in a little theatre in Canada and do small independent movies.
What's your best-ever buy?
I bought my sister Kim a house, and I'm really proud of that.
What's the most important decision you've ever made?
Leaving Toronto for LA at 19. I was frustrated that the main parts in the movies I made always went to Americans. I realised that if I wanted to make a serious go at a film career, I'd have to live in Hollywood.
What's the biggest mistake you've ever made?
We're all human and we all make mistakes. But without those mistakes you'd never learn how to grow.
Do you believe in the supernatural?
I've had personal experiences that have made me believe it's a possibility. I saw a clairvoyant in New York who told me things about my family and past she couldn't possibly know. She was specific with times, names and events. What else could I do but say, "This is real"?