Keanu Reeves: ‘It’s too late… I’m 52. I’m not going to have any kids’

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Keanu Reeves covers the March issue of Esquire UK to promote John Wick: Chapter 2, which is already a decent-sized hit. It feels like it’s been a while since Keanu sat down and did a big magazine interview, and I was actually pretty excited to read this. Esquire UK treats him with respect, as in they’re not looking to make him sound like a boneheaded idiot who chanced his way into stardom. He comes across as exceedingly humble and very much a “still waters run deep” guy. He doesn’t want to talk about all of the sh-t he thinks about or all of the books he’s read or how weird all of this ride has been. But there are some interesting quotes. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

What happened after ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ bombed: “Sometimes I call that The Day my Career Stood Still. I kind of went to Studio Movie Jail.” It seems he’s apparently still only as bankable as his last movie. “For me that is true. Yeah. You’re always fighting for a career. I mean, there’s a few people who [don't have to worry]…” Then he changes his mind. “No: you’re always fighting for a career.”

He spends months preparing for his roles: “For me it’s part of the pleasure of it. Yeah. I don’t have anything better to do! I have nothing going on! I have no life! It’s just going to work and preparation.”

On River Phoenix: “I miss him dearly. F–king sucks. I know so many people miss him dearly.”

He bought motorcycles for all of the stuntmen on The Matrix: “Oh, I did that for the gentlemen who were involved in this really big fight in The Matrix, in the second one, the Agent Smith fight [the set-piece sees Neo fighting dozens of clones of his nemesis]. I worked with these stuntmen every day. That fight was 17 shooting days. We trained every day for seven hours for three weeks going through all the motions. We learned the term ‘super-perfect’. You want to go for super-perfect. So, obviously I was getting paid well. And so, you know, just as a thank you to those guys. Got them some gifts. Yeah.”

On all of the stories about him being a really nice guy: “Whatever! I’m just a normal guy, man.”

On the Sad Keanu meme: “It’s my melancholy. My melancholic thing, the Melancholic Dane. I thought it was funny.” You’re not really so down in the dumps? “No. A picture says a thousand words and none of them can be true. The best in nature is subjective. But, I mean, I looked pretty sad. I was hanging out on the street…” The pigeon. “Pigeon! New York! Cobblestones!”

His vampire agelessness: “Yeah. I mean, people say my age [Reeves appears terrifyingly unaffected by the passage of time]. But I’m just waiting for that to change.”

The idea that he would settle down & have some kids: “I’m too… it’s too late. It’s over.” What do you mean? “I’m 52. I’m not going to have any kids.” Really? “Yeah.”

On ageing: “I’m every cliché,. F–king mortality. Ageing. I’m just starting to get better at it. Just the amount of stuff you have to do before you’re dead. I’m all of the clichés, and it’s embarrassing. It’s all of them. It’s just, ‘Oh my God. OK. Where did the time go? How come things are changing? How much time do I have left? What didn’t I do?’ I’m trying to think of the line from the sonnet… ‘And heavily from woe to woe tell o’er / The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan / Which I new pay as if not paid before’. So, yeah. I’m that guy.”

[From Esquire UK]

I guess the thing about Keanu is that he just seems so… unaffected. I mean that as in, it’s completely normal for movie stars who have been in the industry for thirty years to have so many affectations. They know the drills, they know how to present themselves, they know what to say and where to go. It just seems like Keanu has none of those affectations. As for Keanu saying that he’ll never settle down and have a family… like, he’s had so much tragedy in his life, I understand why he would just shut down that part of his life. But I would love it if he found a nice lady and had a baby. Poor Keanu.

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  1. ell says:

    does he even want children lol? the way he talks about it is that he doesn’t seem that interested.

    i love him, he doesn’t take himself seriously at all. the first john wick was brilliant by the way, i hope this one’s just as good.

    • original kay says:

      His baby died I think :(

      his GF was pregnant but the baby was stillborn? Then they broke up, and a few years later she died too.

      • ell says:

        i didn’t know, it’s really sad.

      • TQB says:

        It was very tragic – I don’t know if she died while she was pregnant, but I recall that both baby and, possibly later, GF died too. Horrible. And yet, such a sweet, kind, and yes, perfect word – unaffected soul.

      • Merry says:

        She wasnt exactly a girlfriend though. She was more a Renner/Sonny type….a party girl he was hanging with and got sloppy with. I think people force this “tragedy” narrative on Keanu. Even before her, he wasnt lovey dovey with anybody. He has always lived alone and just had girlfriends who come in and out of his life. There are people who are built this way. They are perfectly sociable when they need to be but would rather navigate life alone. Its simply a personal type that gets pathologised by people who assume that everyone else is built like them to have a need for companionship. Keanu is just in a position to defy any social or financial pressures that force others like him into marriage or kids.

        He will hopefully live a long life, die very happily by himself and be discovered by a long time employee. The world will write tragic obituaries because thats the only way the know how to frame schizoids.

      • Isabellaluna says:

        @Merry – I don’t know about that. I remember him doing interviews where he truly articulated that he felt the things that happened were just quite unfair, and he wanted the life of marriage and kids…but it eluded him. Trying to find one article in particular, but no success. Here’s something close:

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-389527/Tragic-Keanu-tells-grief-loneliness.html

      • almondmilk says:

        Yes, that was so sad. I was (still am) a big fan of his, used to hang out in chat rooms with other fans back in the day. I remember when both things happened so vividly. It was heart breaking.

        That said, it’s refreshing to hear a man discuss being too old to have kids. Society often only addresses older moms. I used to be of the mindset that anyone should be able to parent regardless of age, now for me personally, I see that it could be quite a burden saddling a very young child or teen with an aging parent. I guess if you have millions you can insure the child won’t beat the financial burden but the emotional burdens would still be there.

      • nica says:

        I agree with Merry about the “tragedy narrative” Keanu is saddled with. Of course his ex-girlfriend’s death must have been horrible. But I’ve seen the situation so often misrepresented to make it sound even more tragic for Keanu, as in the “they were so in love when she died and planning their lives together” kind of narrative, and that wasn’t the case. (Isabellaluna, The Daily Mail is a tabloid that prints lies on the regular – it’s just not a credible source for anything.)

      • almondmilk says:

        @Merry that is NOT true

        JENNIFER SYME was his girlfriend’s name, incredibly smart and sensitive – not an actress/model type, but a real person – her own person! She worked as an assistant to David Lynch, the film director and had her own friends in the industry. She was a kind soul and loved Keanu deeply. My understanding is they started as close friends and there was a mutual attraction and shared interests (they love to read, loved the bard) – it was a relationship built on mutual respect and commonalities. They were very similar, cerebral and introspective. She was kind of alterna-gal

        I can’t tell you if it was planned or not (the conception) but the birth absolutely was. There was no reason either one of these people had to have a child together and give birth – but they wanted to, together.

        Have no idea what you mean by the Jeremy Renner/Sonny situation being similar but I will assume and say you are way wrong. Regarding Renner, I have heard everything from it was an arrangement because he wanted to be a single dad, to it was an arrangement because he’s gay.

        Who knows if any of those unsubstantiated Renner rumors are true, but even the rumor is the opposite of Keanu and Jennifer Symes.

        I agree with your description of Keanu’s personality, and his not fitting into that conventional box of needing a companion or a mate by which to make a family and check all the boxes. He’s comfortable in his own skin. A true grown up. I greatly admire his zen and the way he exists in the world.

      • detritus says:

        @Merry, you think he has schizoid tendencies? I’m not his doctor, but I don’t know if I agree with that, depression yes, schizoid, no. Said with pipe between my teeth, firmly seated in an armchair, with absolutely no doctorate on my wall.

      • Margo S. says:

        Basically before the matrix sequels were to be filmed, their baby was born at 8 months stillborn. Then a couple years later, the mom was driving high and drunk and crashed into three parked cars and was ejected from the car and died. So messed up and sad.

      • ell says:

        tbf the daily mail might lie, but they’re quoting an interview from another magazine, so it sounds taken from a legitimate interview.

        it’s funny though, i never knew these things because i was too young/uninterested back then, but i googled it out of curiosity now and there seems to be such contrasting opinions. the mother of his baby doesn’t sound anything like renner’s baby mama though, since she had a legitimate job.

        i also don’t understand the term ‘schizoid’. i think that given the chance and the money, way more people would choose not to marry and/or settle long term. and lots of normal people stay unmarried/single as well, i don’t think it’s weird. just that in many ways we still rely on certain societal expectations to define normal.

    • Bob says:

      Chapter 2 is just as fun. And, no, he doesn’t sound like wants kids.

    • notasugarhere says:

      He used to want them, 10 years ago.

      “I don’t want to flee from life, I know the beauty of it. I’m trying not to be alone so much. And, man, it’s a struggle. I want to get married. I want to have kids. That’s at the top of the mountain. I’ve got to climb the mountain first. I’ll do it. Just give me some time.” – Keanu Reeves (c 2006)

      4-5 years ago he talked about how he wanted kids, a “little dude” or something along those lines. With his talk about how quickly time passes, maybe he thinks too much time has gone by.

    • Bubbles says:

      He was with Jennifer Syme when they had a stillborn baby together. Jennifer died shortly after in a horrific car accident after a night of partying with Marilyn Manson. The movie Mulholland Drive is dedicated to her because she worked on the set during filming.

    • NotSoSocialButterfy says:

      I saw JW2. Toward the end, I was thinking, jeez, how much longer can this go on? So I didn’t think it was as good as the first, but that’s just my opinion.

  2. Sara says:

    He has time. Just look at Clooney, Jeff Goldblum or Steve Martin.

  3. Zandy says:

    I will have your baby, Keanu 🙋🏻👶🏻😻

  4. klutzy_girl says:

    Years ago, he had a stillborn baby with his girlfriend (who then died a year later in a car accident). That story always makes me sad.

    Love Keanu!

  5. Bethy says:

    Didn’t Keanu have a baby with a former gf and it died? So I could understand his hesitation. I still think Point Break was his best movie. I loved the chemistry he had with Lori Petty and Patrick Swayze.

  6. AG-UK says:

    I am too old to have more kids but can kick out my hubby and we can hang that’s for d…n sure.. love love him. I saw John Wick 2 not as good as the first but man the first scene with him in it I almost squealed in the cinema but thought I’d better not. In all wasn’t a bad film. He seems like such a nice guy.

  7. Leigh_S says:

    A picture says a thousand words and none of them can be true.
    - My new favorite quote ever.

  8. Becky says:

    Keanu post yay!

    It’s odd he’s saying he’s too old for kids, and Clooney is older and just about to have twins.

    • BJ says:

      Everybody doesn’t want to be an older parent.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Exactly. He would be 70 before the kid finished high school and while 70 doesn’t mean decrepit or even retired, some people think it just isn’t fair to the kid for a number of reasons.

        There is a great deal of grace in accepting that one’s life has taken a different path than originally intended and enjoying what one has. We can’t always get what we want and sometimes that means we don’t get the career or marriage or family that we wanted but we need to live the life we do get and not waste that life moping.

        Also, I hate the term “settle down” especially when it is used for what is basically breeding. The guy is 52 years old; his life probably has a pattern. He has a home, probably people who are dear to him. He isn’t uprooting himself every year because the lease is running out. He is settled down.

      • Ash says:

        Exactly, BJ.

        And thank you, Lightpurple, for articulating what I was thinking. Some of the comments here are cringeworthy.

      • lunchcoma says:

        I’m guessing he is pretty settled down too, Lightpurple. We hear about him when he’s promoting something, and occasionally there are pictures of him walking around during the daytime. If he were clubbing in Ibiza, there’d be more gossip. He probably hangs out at his friends’ homes the way a lot of people past the bar-hopping stage do.

        I actually think that can play into a decision that certain paths in life are closed off. My friends are in their late 30s and 40s, but I know people who have gradually decided that they don’t want children. A lot of them were far more open to it when they were much younger and assumed they’d go through lots of changes in character and lifestyle by the time they had those kids. It started to seem less feasible when they did declare themselves adults at whatever age and began questioning whether there was a place for a child amid their low key social lives and established careers and longstanding relationships (or realizations that long term romantic partners might not be in the cards for them).

      • Ange says:

        Yeah! God forbid someone just be ok with not having kids without a zillion people jumping on how sad and depressed they must be because KIDS. He could have done it a million ways by now if it was something he truly wanted, obviously he doesn’t.

      • Becky says:

        I agree, actually I was trying to point out it’s responsible to realise that if you’re in your 50′s and have kids, you’ll be in your 70′s when they’re barely university age.

      • noway says:

        Yes you could physically get around the obstacles of age and fertility, and keep in mind older men also have fertility issues just not as many as women. Still it is smart and adult to just think ok for me this window is probably closed. Lots of things I thought I wanted to do in my younger years and didn’t get around to don’t have the same appeal to me now in my later decades. Not belittling the Clooney’s, Goldblum’s, etc. but I understand Keanu’s point of view better. I wish for him happiness whatever that entails for him for now. He just seems like a nice guy.

      • isabelle says:

        Yes, older fathers tend to produce children with mental/physical difficulties, not all children of course but there is a higher risk.

    • lunchcoma says:

      I think he’s adding a bit of “there’s a reason I haven’t done it by now” to the analysis. Some people like George are up for an abrupt change in priorities, but I think there’s something to be said for recognizing that if something hasn’t been a big priority with you for the last twenty or thirty years, maybe it’s never going to move up on the list.

      • La Blah says:

        I often say “I’m too old” when people, especially strangers, ask the kid question. While I’m at the outer ends of female fertility years I’m certainly not beyond the realm, but the reality is that’s NOT why I don’t have kids. It’s just a convenient way to cut the conversation short because some people simply refuse to believe that not everyone wants kids, or in some cases can’t believe that some of us are so sure of it we don’t panic at a certain age and have them “just in case” which is something I think many people do.

  9. Macscore says:

    OK – I’ve just jumped from having a crush to being head-over-heels. Bonkers. This man is not only gorgeous, but also self-deprecating and humble – rare in that industry, I imagine – and he can quote serious literature. (swoons).
    I LOVE the fact he bought motorbikes for the Matrix stuntmen!

  10. Erinn says:

    I like him here. He’s pretty amusing, and does seem in a lot of ways like a normal person. I really like that he went out of his way to give a gift to the stunt people involved with that fight scene. He definitely didn’t have to – but I think it shows what kind of person he is that it’s something he wanted to do.

    If he ever changes his mind on settling down, it’d be nice to see him adopt. Just because men can have kids late in life doesn’t mean that there’s not a higher risk of losing the fetus, as well as an increased risk of passing on health issues and disorders. It’s not a guarantee that something would go wrong, but it’s a risk that’s there. Either way, he has the means to take care of a child if it needed special care, so whatever. I do like that more men seem to be asked if they’re going to settle down and have kids, instead of it just being directed at women.

  11. littlemissnaughty says:

    I WILL HAVE YOUR BABIES CALL ME!!!

    I don’t know what just happened, I don’t even want kids. That man though. I love him.

  12. JulP says:

    God that picture of him winking …. Not only is he gorgeous, it seems like he’s a genuinely nice guy/good person. And yes, completely unaffected by fame, which is rare in Hollywood. I hope the success of the John Wick movies leads to more roles, I love seeing him onscreen (I have tickets to see John Wick 2 on Saturday, ridiculously excited!) I do hope he finds love someday. I’ve always kinda hoped that he and Sandra Bullock would end up together, but she seems to have bad taste in men :/

    • almondmilk says:

      @julp

      Funny. I used to ship Sandra and Keanu so hard. I just didn’t understand why she was single and he was singke and yet they didn’t wind up together or even date, especially since she always sounded so crazy about him.

      It was a sacrilege to say Sandra Bullock was anything less than perfect at the time, she seemed like a dream girl – funny, cute, etc. – so i just didn’t get it.

      In the intervening years I’ve come to see that Keanu definitely knew something we didn’t. Not necessarily something awful, but something that wasn’t right for him. Looking at her exes as you point out, and also some of her pals – i can see why Keanu was all, ‘nah. ‘

  13. Aims says:

    I really appreciate this man. After all his success and some pretty tragic moments in his life, he comes across as a humble , kind and normal human being .

  14. paolanqar says:

    Of course he is unaffected. He had such a shit life that he probably thinks he is prepared to anything that may or may not happen.

  15. huh says:

    Hasn’t he lost a child? that’s incredibly hard to overcome..
    He so low key…

  16. grabbyhands says:

    Sweet baby jesus, he’s beautiful.

  17. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    I love him, he can act but sadly still can’t really shake his ‘Bill & Ted’ persona. I think if he wanted a family he would have done so by now but never say never!

  18. Zeddy says:

    I have old parents. It was irresponsible for them to have babies so old as they were always too tired or sore or whatever to play and enjoy and there was always that fear looming that they would die when I was a kid. Probably won’t live long enough to see grandkids. . If anything, he should adopt an older kid if he really wanted kids, but I don’t get that vibe.

    • Matomeda says:

      Do you mind if I ask how old? I was 33 with my last baby and I worry I’m too old in his eyes. But I do cardio 7 days/week and take all 3 on outings every single day in summer (park, splash pad etc), we go somewhere as a family every Sunday, plus sign each up for 1 activity each outside of school…

      • Valois says:

        I highly doubt 33 is too old in his eyes, wasn’t he around that age when his gf got pregnant?

        Aside from Keanu, 33 is not too old. It’s 2 years older than average in my country and generally speaking, women with a higher level of education are more likely to have children in their thirties.

      • detritus says:

        Matomeda, my mom was 31 with me and 34 with my brother. They put us in sports, and were fit themselves and we never even considered age. You will be fine, because you love them, and are already trying to give them a good life. Among my friend group your age is common as well, all over 30 for first pregnancies.

      • Matomeda says:

        Thank you ladies. Yes I did finish my masters degree before I had kids. I was 28, 30- and got a surprise at 33. I’m super worried about it, because my dad’s mom was 34 with him and he lamented like crazy about having old parents and drilled that concern into my head (this was along time ago though, when most were 20s), and they died when he was 30 (although they were huge smoker/drinkers and overweight/ate horribly. my other grandma had kids at 42 and is still here at 93, living in her own home and traveling to Europe every summer, so who knows!). Thanks for the input! ❤

      • noway says:

        Okay my Mom and Dad were 43 when they had me, and to be honest my Dad looked older so sometimes that bothered me when I was real young because people thought he was my granddad, but overall it was great. My parents were the ones who carted us around, as they were kind of set with their careers. I think it depends on the parents, but to be honest I don’t feel like 33 is old at all. You’ll be fine and trust me as I have a 15 year old girl, the kids will find something to blame their parents for either way. Seriously, I read the article about Clooney talking about some actor in his 70′s having a kid and he felt young. With all these actors who have them 45+ you should feel like a spring chicken.

      • Matomeda says:

        Thank you, Noway! I really appreciate people’s personal experiences, especially as kids of older parents. ❤

    • Ennie says:

      Oh, Zedy how sad that you think that way. My parents were also older, dad 53, mom 43 when I was born and I was blessed to have them. Yes, they were not the typical parents, yes they were sometimes flawed, but so I am, and I was a young superficial teen as*hat for noticing that my mom was “different” (older), or that my dad’s car was a beaten old can when he drove me to school, but I sure as heck learned to appreciate them soon enough.
      Dad took me out to the farm every weekend and everyday every summer, so I was stepping on cow poo and doing whatever, my mom worked complete shifts as an elementary teacher and later as school supervisor until she was 73. She put me to shame in the energy department.
      Yes, they departed earlier for me, but I am so lucky mohave had them until I was 34 years old. I appreciate the “older” generations and I love seeing pics and learning stories of the early 20 century, because they lived thru that time, and can talk to a large range of people,I never dismissed someone because of their age.

      • Colleen says:

        One thing I’ve observed watching some of my older friends raising children is that they often have more patience than younger parents, and their experience in life and wisdom can lend to a really positive childhood. Ultimately it just depends on the individuals.

  19. Sullivan says:

    I love Keanu. Always have; always will. He’s no Johnny Depp, thank God.

  20. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    I get the feeling he thinks he’s too old to give his best to parenthood. Like the saying “it’s a young man’s game.” He obviously knows its biologically possible. I see him wanting to be the hands-on 100% Dad, that anything less would be failing his child.
    But oh man, just imagine him walking hand-in-hand with an ethereal mini-me. When I get my paws on a magic lamp that might be one of my three wishes.

  21. KikiGee says:

    This lovely guy in complete contrast to the thirsty Joe in the previous post.
    Men with nothing to prove are so attractive, I think.

  22. teacakes says:

    He seems like a real sweetheart, and I’m glad John Wick is doing so well. And that last pic…. WHOA.

  23. Guest says:

    I always liked him but I even more so now. Love, love him!!

    He doesn’t have to have kids, however would love to see him find love with someone great.

  24. Esmom says:

    Love him, always have. In fact I can remember the first time I saw him, in an after school special on ABC! He took my breath away with his unique looks, and still does.

  25. Insomniac says:

    Awww. It’s so good that ONE of the guys I had a mad crush on in college is still a good, decent human being (unlike Depp and Sheen).

  26. lower-case deb says:

    maybe it’s my bias, but i love the way he quoted sonnets and not come across as pretentious. it’s even like “yo, one time my mate said this and i thought it was damn fine: *insert sonnet here*” (you know… he’s ageless so maybe he’s met Shakespeare)

    and that first quoted one about everyone fighting for their career, even the ones who seem to have it all and to have it easy (like a swan pedalling crazily underwater). in such simple ways he acknowledged the different ways and different levels of “fighting” without coming out as preachy or patronizing.

    AND JOHN WICK 2?! it has been a while since you can just abandon all rationalization and enjoy the action set pieces. him and Jackie Chan. i will miss them when i finally shuffle off this mortal coil (because you know him and Jackie are immortal)

  27. Bob says:

    Ah, Keanu. Just hasn’t met the right girl yet!

    I’m sure he’s aware that he’s not too old to reproduce and that it wouldn’t be hard for him to find a willing baby mama. I respect the fact that he seems to be taking into account all the time and effort he would want to put into fathering properly and concluded that he’s not up to it or doesn’t have it. He’s not thinking about fatherhood in the selfish shallow way of passing on his genetic material or creating little people who have to love him when he’s old and dying.

  28. smcollins says:

    My Keanu Crush remains solidified. Man, he just keeps getting better with age. Love him! ❤

  29. Rachel says:

    What a great interview. He’s gorgeous!

  30. Chelly says:

    To me he doesn’t come off like he never wanted kids he’s just so self aware. For some of us, there is a time limit….not everyone likes the idea or is ok with the idea of becoming a new parent at an older age. If it wasn’t meant to happen before it isn’t/shouldn’t happen now. Boy, do I love me some him

  31. Mar says:

    He truly is the one unchanged movie star. I know people that have met him and have said he’s so down to earth with no ego.

  32. M.A.F. says:

    “A picture says a thousand words and none of them can be true”
    I love that.

  33. Bridget says:

    How is it that he’s the guy who’s been relatively unaffected by fame? He started young, and spectacularly handsome. And yet here he is, sounding like a completely normal and sane person which just doesn’t happen.

  34. Kitten says:

    He’s so f*cking cool. LOVE. HIM.

  35. Felicia says:

    I think in part, he’s saying it’s too late because he probably prefers the company of women his own age, or close to it. I have a friend like that who would have loved to have kids but spent a long time single-mindedly focusing on his career. Finally met the woman he envisaged settling down with at about 40. Life happened in a not so nice way and that didn’t happen for him. He’s now in his mid 50′s, still talks about kids wistfully, but the women he dates all seem to be 45 and up and he has no interest in women 20 years younger than he is.

    • Nimbolicious says:

      Yes, I find that attitude refreshing. Especially in Hollywood, where the Klooneys of the world parade their young wives and late-stage forays into paternity like goddam character-building badges of honor. When what it all really is is a long, endless cavalcade of self-absorption and thirst.

    • Marianne says:

      But your friend could always look into adoption if he (and his partner) were still interested in being parents.

      • Felicia says:

        He’s pretty set in his ways now. Travels a lot and enjoys that. Spends 2 or 3 months here, then a couple of months there, a couple of months back home. Is utterly paranoid about women wanting to be with him for his money and I suppose he’s probably had enough experiences along those lines to make him think that. My guess would be that he’s far more likely to eventually partner up with a widow or a divorced woman who already has children and a good financial situation of her own, and then enjoy being a grandfather.
        I don’t know if he’s actually admitted it to himself yet that deep down inside he’s accepted not having his own kids, but when he was telling me of his plans to renovate his house in “industrial chic”, I had an “aha” moment. Less child-friendly would be hard to find.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      Felicia, your friend sounds perfect for me, lol! I have adult kids and grandchildren, so no desire to have any more babies now! My friend’s husband is a pilot, and she says it’s perfect – he’s gone just often enough for her to have her own space, and when he’s home they can do things as a couple and actually enjoy being in each other’s company, lol. I’m not the needy, jealous type that has to be connected at the hip 24/7. Hmmm…Maybe I should just date Keanu! 😉 I always have had a crush on him and his dark, brooding looks.

      Runs off to look up airfare to Hollywood now.

  36. Gene123 says:

    I hate action movies but I adored John Wick 1 & 2. So much. They are amazingly shot and just wonderful

  37. Sadie77az says:

    He’s my one and only movie star crush, ever. Since I was 14. Officially, he will forever be the only one. “Movie star”– wish there were better words.

  38. lucy2 says:

    While it’s nice to see a guy asked the question for a change, my response is the same – he should do whatever he feels is right, and if that’s not having kids, that’s his choice.

  39. SusanneToo says:

    It is lovely seeing all the love for my fantasy bf of several decades. I adore this man and he’s the only actor that I will see every movie for, even the not so good. Despite 30 years in the public eye he’s managed to retain a certain exotic mystery because he simply doesn’t put his business out there(unlike his contemporaries Depp, Cruise, Pitt, Sheen, etc.).
    And he’s humble enough to give credit where due. When an interviewer said, “You do all your stunts in JW2, don’t you?” Keanu replied, “No, man, I don’t get hit by a car! I do the action and stuntmen who know what they’re doing do the stunts.”
    I think he prefers not being tied down. He’s said he likes to be able to pick up and go whenever he wants. When he and Sandra B were doing joint press for The Lake House she said his biggest fear was that she’d show up on his doorstep, leave a turtle, ring the doorbell and run. No pets, no children, no wife. He seems quite happy that way and has said he sees friends and family when not travelling. He has two sisters, neither of whom has children, and only one who married.

    PS Thank you, Kaiser, for the Keanu thread some of us were begging for yesterday.

  40. me says:

    Why “poor Keanu”? Everyone doesn’t have to get married and have kids. You can still have an amazing life without that.

  41. Pandy says:

    Great interview. He went to school with my brother in law who said he was a regular guy. He reminds me of my BIL – smart and laid back. Re kids: who wants a 20 year old kid when they will be 72? That’s not natural. How do you stay awake to monitor them as teens when you’re pushing 70? (Looking at you George Clooney)!

  42. Elisa the I. says:

    THANK YOU, KAISER!!!
    PS: I just googled sad keanu memes and they are hilarious. :)

  43. Miss M says:

    😢😢😢

    Keanu, if you change your mind… I am here. ☺️

  44. Lucy says:

    Oh, bless him. I hope he goes on to have a nice, quiet life, in whatever way he chooses to live it.

  45. MylaRoma says:

    I have alwayd loved him since Matrix,Constantine days. I wish him happiness n should he find someone to settle down with n have kids,yea it happens,let him n family have the best most treasured moments together. I think he should get it on with Charlize Theron,they look great as a couple in Devil’s Advocate.

  46. BabyJane says:

    Sounds like a man not in love with anyone. I remember Clooney saying he would never get married again. And here he is married and about to have twins. Going to go all hippy for a moment and say all you need is love and anything is possible.

    • lunchcoma says:

      What is with all the comments here? There are people who genuinely never want kids, and there are other people who gradually realize that kids aren’t ever going to fit in their lives. Love doesn’t necessarily change that.

      It’s not really a sweet, hippy sort of sentiment. It’s more like patting someone on the head and telling them that they’ll tire of their dream career soon enough and decide to go back to school for a business degree. Some people do, in fact do that, and other people don’t. But it’s condescending to make those predictions on someone else’s behalf, and to someone who isn’t on the same path as you are, those predictions are actually pretty bleak and depressing.

  47. Betsy says:

    What a darling! Any man who uses the phrase “misses him dearly” and quotes Shakespeare without affectation? Uff da.

  48. Sage says:

    I will right click save the photo of him winking. He looks good, really good.

    His acting has never improved, still stiff and monotone. Even though he sucks as an actor, I own 5 of his movies. He used to select some good scripts.

  49. Apples says:

    Not everyone WANTS to have a baby. I for example have no desire to be a mom. So the suggestion to find a nice lady and have a baby is annoying.

  50. ana says:

    I would have a baby for him right now

  51. Angelica says:

    He’s too sweet for this world. Swoon!❤️❤️❤️

  52. Jess says:

    I will always love Keanu, he seems so genuine and personable, and I love that he gets flustered when doing live interviews, it’s cute and stomach turning at the same time. I remember when his baby passed and then the mother dying later on, such a sad situation all around. Maybe he’s ok not having marriage and babies, but a part of me wants him to have that, of course people can be just as happy alone but I think he’d be a great partner and father, and I had no fkng clue he was 52, he’s still got it😄

  53. Elaine says:

    …sure Keanu. *eye roll*

    Just like George I’m-never-getting-married Clooney, right? *wink wink*

  54. SusanneToo says:

    For anyone interested, check out Men’s Fitness and German GQ, both March 2017. Different photographers, but equally drool inducing photos plus good, lengthy interviews.

  55. Lei says:

    He’d make a fabulous step dad to my 16 yr old son! Keanu & I share the same birthday and always thought he’d make a fabulous partner :)

  56. SM says:

    Dear Keanu. Not to pass on those genes is a crime. Please do have a baby you look younger than many 30-year olds. With much love

  57. Jess says:

    I can’t believe he’s 52. He looks so good!

  58. Marianne says:

    Unless he has a fertility issue, then it really isn’t too late for him to have kids (if that is what he wishes). If he just doesn’t want kids, that’s fine. No shame in just admitting that.

  59. Lorelai says:

    Does anyone else remember the Paula Abdul video that he was in? I can’t remember what year it was (late 80′s or early 90′s) and I was so in love with him that I watched it on a loop basically all. summer. long.

    Watching it now I’m cringing at how lame it is, but will still watch for Keanu!

    https://youtu.be/Ni2UOabUAUs

  60. Sera says:

    Keanu and Angelina Jolie. Six kids and he would make a great step Dad. No drug, alcohol or anger issues either.

  61. Adrien says:

    Yeah, but it is never too late for another Bill and Ted Excellent Adventure. Whoa!

  62. SusanneToo says:

    A young man just posted that his Make a Wish was granted and yesterday he spent 5 1/2 hours with Keanu, playing games, watching a movie, sitting on his motorcycle. Nice.

  63. Shallowwt says:

    Keanu’s such a nice man and I’m glad he’s getting a Liam-Neeson-like “second career” of sorts in action. I remember him doing promotions in Japan for 47 Ronin and there were some really weird set-ups with Keanu coming out on stage and all the actors being seated on chairs and Keanu in the middle – no tables in front of them or water or anything. He could have been grumpy but he was just so gracious with the questions and the awkward set-up. Also saw an interview of his where he was being asked about Sad Keanu. He just laughed and laughed and was so gracious about it. Awesome guy, great sense of humour, and deserves the all-round love he gets from audiences.

  64. jc126 says:

    Love him. Would love to meet him, hope he has a wonderful happy life.

  65. Ladiabla says:

    The only person I would be okay with him marrying (other than me) is Sandra. That’s it. All others can back off my Keanu:)

  66. Naddie says:

    I had a major crush on him when Matrix reloaded came up… 14 years later, nothing changed. *sigh*.

  67. Bee says:

    I volunteer my ovaries to the cause. This immortal should procreate.

  68. Marley says:

    River’s Edge is the best film he’s been in. Now THAT was an accurate depiction of 80s teens.

  69. Anilehcim says:

    I love this man and find him incredibly attractive. Even more so after seeing some video of him getting up on a subway to give a woman his seat. It was just hot and sweet. Maybe he doesn’t feel that hopeful about having his own family someday because his girlfriend and baby died however many years ago. Such a tragedy.

    • Deeanna says:

      I am old and I have thought he was extremely hot since the first time I ever saw him. Can’t remember the name of the movie but there were a bunch of the then new young stars in it. And he stood out.

      Since then I’ve noticed he is one of those stars who appeals to women of all ages. Not too many are like that.

  70. shaboosa says:

    He seems like a nice guy but he sure as hell not articulate. He speaks like Kristen Stewart.

    If Brad Pitt or someone else gave this interview they’d be getting so much criticism.