At this point, it’s not like we need even more proof that Keanu Reeves is the nicest man in Hollywood—or possibly even on the planet. Between giving awesome gifts to his crewmembers, helping stranded drivers and running a private foundation, he’s proven his “Keanu-ness” more than a few times.
Still, Sandra Bullock is here to offer further proof for those in the back.
In a cover story for Esquire, Reeves sat down to chat about his impressive career (he’s filmed 68 films in 35 years), his friendship with River Phoenix, who died at 23 from a drug overdose (“It was great to have known him… Miss him.”), and his relationship with characters like Neo and John Wick. But while Keanu opened up about a range of topics, it was interviews with his closest friends that seemed to nail his singular essence best. In particular, Sandra Bullock.
Fans have wondered for years if Reeves and Bullock ever had a romantic thing, mostly because their chemistry in Speed and The Lake House was so on-point. Sandy says, “Nope,” and added she wouldn’t have wanted to risk ruining their amazing friendship.
“But who knows?” she added. “Keanu’s a guy who, I feel like, is friends with every woman he’s ever dated. I don’t think there’s anyone who has something horrible to say about him. So maybe we could have survived. I don’t know. But we didn’t have to survive anything,” she continued.
“We just get to grow up together on parallel roads and tip our hats and meet for a dinner and try to work together. And the longer time goes on, the more in awe I am of the human being. Would I have been able to say that if he had dumped me and made me angry? Probably not.”
Bullock also recalled an unbelievably sweet story that pretty much encapsulates the magic of Keanu. Basically: he's a good listener who acts on what he remembers about you.
“He’s a listener,” Sandra said. “And it drives. People. Crazy.” She said before recalling the story which happened a couple years after Speed came out.
When Bullock and Reeves were hanging out one time, Bullock casually mentioned that she had never had champagne and truffles. A few days later, Reeves showed up with both—and flowers—on his way to a date with someone else, just because he thought she might like to finally try the famously luxe combo.
Sandra was doing manicures with her roommate when he arrived and so the trio popped the champagne, shared the truffles and then Keanu had Sandra paint his nails black like hers.
“That’s what I mean that it drives you crazy,” Bullock said. “When I first met him, I would spend as much time as I could filling a silence, just to feel comfortable. And the more I jibber-jabbered on, the quieter he would get. And I thought, I don’t understand what’s happening! He’s looking at me with eyes of confusion. He’s quiet. Did I say something to offend him?” she wondered.
“And then a day or two later, he would arrive with a note or a little package, saying, ‘I thought about what you said.’ And he would have his response,” she added. “How many people do you know like that?”
Reeves revealed that the feeling of admiration is mutual and he’s down to reunite for a third epic project.
“She’s such a wonderful artist and person,” he said. “I think we have good chemistry, and it would be really exciting and interesting to get the chance to perform with her again.”
Bullock agrees and even came up with the premise: a comedy, in which they’re both a lot older and doing some sort of cross-country road trip in an RV. Only very slowly—kind of like the opposite of Speed.
“I would love nothing more than to do a comedy with Keanu before we die,” she said. “Just laugh with him. He’s funny. We can be seventy-five—it’ll be even better then.”
Bullock and Reeves have a history worth bringing into the future (at least onscreen), but what about the past he has with another famous actor, Winona Ryder? The pair have known each other for 34 years and starred in four movies together. Plus, Keanu confirmed to Esquire that they may, in fact, actually be married.
Previously, Ryder posed the idea that the two may have been officially married when they shot the 1992 movie Dracula, since their characters were married by a real Romanian priest. So what’s Reeves’ hot take on that situation?
“We did a whole take of a marriage ceremony with real priests,” Reeves recalled. “Winona says we are. [Director Francis Ford] Coppola says we are. So, I guess we’re married under the eyes of God.”
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