Keanu Reeves' girlfriend, Alexandra Grant, is glad she met the "Matrix" actor when she was already established in her career.
During a Sept. 23 interview with People, Grant talked about her relationship with Reeves and the pros of falling in love in her adult years.
“The good news about falling in love as an adult is that I had built my own career by the time that my relationship had begun,” she said. “I feel very confident in the relationship on the red carpet. I feel confident on it alone.”
Grant noted that sometimes she gets frustrated creatively and could feel like a "Maserati stuck in traffic." But thanks to Reeves, he's helped her overcome this feeling.
“What I love about Keanu and our exchange is that we’re pushing each other to build new roads,” she said. “Seeing the other person’s problem-solving is inspiring, like, ‘Oh, well, okay, this one, that’s a cul-de-sac. How do I try this other thing?’"
“He’s such an inspiration to me,” she continued. “He’s so creative, he’s so kind. He works so hard.”
Grant said that as an artist, her work has “absolutely” changed since she started dating Reeves.
“I had a studio visit a few years ago, and this very kind, very high-level person said, ‘I can see that your work has gotten happier,’ ” she recalled. “That’s real. We’re all human beings. We’re animals. We’re expressing from where we are and certainly feeling happier. I think the work is happier.”
Read on to learn more about how Reeves and Grant’s relationship evolved.
Reeves and Grant meet in 2009 and work on a project together in 2011
Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant met in 2009 at a dinner party, according to The New York Times Style Magazine, and just two years later, Reeves and Grant published a book together titled "Ode to Happiness," which Reeves wrote and Grant illustrated.
In a 2020 interview with British Vogue, Grant recalled what it was like to work on the project with Reeves and said their friends were the ones who pushed them to publish the book.
“The book was made as a surprise, by me, for Keanu, as a private gift,” Grant said. “All our friends sitting in the room got the giggles when I gave it to him — they said, ‘Please publish it!’ So that’s how we got into publishing.”
Reeves and Grant go public with their romance
In 2019, the pair were pictured going to several red carpet events together. In May 2019, they attended the MOCA Benefit in Los Angeles, then one month later, they went to the Saint Laurent Men’s SS20 show in Malibu, California, where they were seen holding hands.
The couple were pictured holding hands again at the LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles in November 2019.
By the time they walked that red carpet, fans were starting to put two and two together about their relationship. Rumors began surfacing that Reeves and Grant were dating one another, even though they never officially confirmed it themselves.
Grant opens up about the public's reaction to her new relationship with Reeves
In her 2020 interview with British Vogue, Grant revealed how she felt about her relationship with Reeves going public.
“I think every single person I knew called me in the first week of November, and that’s fascinating,” she said. “But the question I’ve been asking in all of this is: ‘What is the opportunity for good?’”
During the interview, Grant also shared her views about marriage. When asked if she would be interested in getting married, Grant responded, “Over a glass of wine… I would love to tell you."
“Love at every level is deeply important to my identity. How’s that for dodging the question?" she continued. "I do not believe that isolation is the way. There is a period of isolation that I do as a painter, but I deeply value the experience of being in relationships.”
Reeves opens up about his "last moments of bliss" with Grant
“A couple of days ago with my honey,” Reeves recalled. “We were in bed. We were connected. We were smiling and laughing and giggling. Feeling great. It was just really nice to be together."
Reeves kisses Grant on the red carpet
In April 2023, Reeves pulled his girlfriend in close and gave her a big kiss on the lips at the 2023 MOCA Gala in Los Angeles.
The pair were also pictured smiling together on the red carpet and holding hands.