Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder have the sweetest relationship in Hollywood. From ‘Dracula’ – where they may have actually gotten married – to ‘Destination Wedding,’ take a look at how their love bloomed.
It doesn’t take much to get Keanu Reeves to sing the praises of Winona Ryder. “A good friend, sense of humor, intelligence, mind, view of the world, beautiful heart, beautiful spirit and a damn fine actress,” he said to Entertainment Tonight, seemingly unprovoked, during a joint interview with Winona about their 2018 film, Destination Wedding. Ever since the 1990s, these two Hollywood icons have been irrevocably linked, and from listening to them speak about each other, they wouldn’t have it any other way.
What Is Keanu Reeves & Winona Ryder’s Relationship Like?
Seriously, one could hope to find themselves a friendship as warm and loving as the one between Keanu and Winona. “I love Keanu,” Winona Ryder said in a June 2020 interview with The Sunday Times. “We’re great friends. I miss him so much, and it’s hard because he’s not far, just over there,” she said, pointing out a window of her Los Angeles home, indicating that the Bill & Ted star was close enough to be a neighbor. “I’m going to call him now,” she said.
“He’s one of my favorite people to work with, to be around,” Winona said in 2018 in a joint-interview with Keanu. The Matrix star added, “I feel the same way about you.”
How They First Met
“We met in the late 80s, like ’87, ’88, at one of the early Independent Spirit Awards at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel,” Keanu said in a 2018 interview with PEOPLE magazine. “It wasn’t televised,” added Winona. “Buck Henry was the emcee, and we gave out Best Supporting Actor.” The duo likely awarded Morgan Freeman the inaugural award for his part in Street Smart, since the Independent Spirit Awards didn’t hand out awards for supporting roles until its third incarnation.
From that chance meeting at a burgeoning award show, a deep friendship bloomed. Keanu and Winona began hanging out within a circle of mutual friends. They bonded over “motorcycle rides” and similar interests.
Despite their innate chemistry and incredible fondness for each other, Keanu and Winona have never been romantically involved. However, that isn’t to say they haven’t thought about it. When the duo spoke to Entertainment Tonight about why they remember their first encounter so vividly, things got awkwardly adorable. “Well, I had a pretty, pretty big, healthy crush on this guy,” said Winona. “I had a big, healthy crush on you, too,” admitted Keanu. When asked about their healthy crushes, Winona said, “it’s still raging, trust me.”
Past Movies, TV Shows, Projects They’ve Been In Together
It would take four years and a 94-year-old novel for these two to finally share the screen. Reeves and Ryder were first paired up on Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. An adaptation of the 1897 novel Dracula, the film saw Keanu cast as Jonathan Harker, the on-screen love of Winona’s Mina Murray. Initially, Coppola didn’t want Reeves for the part. He was hoping to cast Winona’s real-life boyfriend in the role.
“Winona Ryder in those days was going out with Johnny Depp,” Coppola told Premiere magazine in 2005, per Vulture, “and I wanted Johnny to have the part of Jonathan Harker. The studio thought he wasn’t enough of a star. I was so embarrassed.” In 1991, Johnny was a far cry from the star now associated with the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. At the time, Depp was known primarily for his role on TV’s 21 Jump Street, and it would be a few years before his star-making roles in Benn & Joon, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Ed Wood.
In a moment of need, Coppola turned to Ryder for advice. “So, I said to Winona, ‘What do you think? Who do you think they would think is a star who would want to do it?’ And she said Keanu. I just thought he was a very nice person. I was so touched by his sincerity.”
Though the critics skewered Keanu’s performance (Screen Rant summed up the complaints, as many called Reeves’ deadpan as being “flat, boring, and abysmal”), there was a definite warmth between Winona and Keanu when they were on-screen.
Keanu and Winona have, as of 2021, appeared opposite each other in three more movies. They reunited in 2006 in Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi/drug culture dystopian novel, A Scanner Darkly. Three years later, Reeve and Ryder reunited again on The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, a romantic comedy also featuring Blake Lively, Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, and Julianne Moore. The couple teamed up in 2018 for Destination Wedding. While doing press for that film, Winona would make a startling revelation: she and Keanu had been secretly married for over 25 years.
When Did They Get Married? Are They Still Together?
“We actually got married in Dracula,” Winona told Entertainment Tonight, fulfilling the dreams of every ‘90s kid who wanted these two icons to be an actual item. “No, I swear to god I think we’re married in real life,” she said, before explaining that in the wedding scene, director Francis Ford Coppola “used a real Romanian priest. We shot the master, and he did the whole thing. So, I think we’re married.” Keanu, who was also there for that EW interview, didn’t remember things so clearly. “We said yes?” he asked. Don’t you remember that? It was on Valentine’s Day,” she said. “Oh my god, we’re married,” said Keanu.
However, without the proper paperwork – or the actual intent – Keanu and Winona’s marriage will only be real in the movies. Still, it has given the close friends something to chuckle about. “Once in a while, I will get a text, ‘Hello, husband,’” Keanu said while speaking with The Talk in 2019. “I didn’t really believe her, and then Francis Ford Coppola, the director of Dracula, contacted Winona and said publicly that, yeah, that really happened, the priest did a full ceremony, and Winona and I got married.”
Actually, neither have been legally married. Winona and Johnny Depp were engaged, but the couple broke up in 1993. She went on to have relationships with Soul Asylum vocalist Dave Pirner and Matt Damon. Since 2011, she’s reported been involved with fashion designer Scott Mackinlay Hahn. The private Keanu has been romantically linked with a few women, and in November 2019, he went public with his romance with Alexandra Grant.
Close Moments They Two Shared Throughout Their History
Things were always so cheerful on Dracula. Winona spoke to The Sunday Times about one scene when she was supposed to act terrified and distraught. Coppola wanted more visible emotion from her and allegedly began hurling insults at her (including “You Whore!”) before calling on her male co-stars to join in. “To put it in context, I’m supposed to be crying,” Ryder said. “Literally, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu … Francis was trying to get all of them to yell things that would make me cry, but Keanu wouldn’t, Anthony wouldn’t. … It just didn’t work. I was, like, really? It kind of did the opposite.”
Winona said she and Coppola are “good now,” but the director denied her version of the events in a statement to PEOPLE. “In this situation, which I remember clearly, I instructed Gary Oldman—in character as Dracula—to whisper improvised words to her and the other characters, making them as horrific and evil as he could. I don’t know what was said, but improvisation is a common filmmaking practice.”
Things were a little less tense on the set of The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, but, once again, Keanu came through for his best friend. “Most actors only agree to work on films for a specific amount of time. But I was like, Keep me up there the whole time,” Winona said when discussing the film with BlackBook in 2009. “Little did I know it would be in Danbury, Connecticut, without a rental car, living off of a highway. I had to rely on Keanu, who had the car he drives in the film, to get me to Starbucks.”
Nearly thirty-five years after their first meeting, Keanu and Winona still have that burst of excitement whenever the other one is around. “I meet-cute him all the time,” Winona told Today in 2018 while sitting next to Keanu. “Every time we see each other, it’s a meet-cute.” “I’m meet-cuteing you right now,” added Keanu.
Sofia Richie Rocks A Sexy String Bikini While Hitting The Beach In St. Barts — Photos
Sofia Richie looked super cute in the white and orange two-piece that she fashioned for her day at the beach in St. Barts! Check out the young model’s swimsuit style.
Sofia Richie had some fun in the sun on her recent trip to St. Barts! The model, 22, enjoyed a day at the beach, where she was photographed sporting a super cute orange and white bikini. Sofia accessorized her beach day look with a green bucket hat and wore a pair of sunglasses to keep the beaming rays out of her eyes. Along with being photographed by paparazzi, Sofia also shared a few photos to her Instagram account on April 19, which featured her look!
Sofia has really been enjoying her island getaway, and she’s posted about it on her social media accounts! Prior to her recent carousel post, Sofia shared a photo of herself with her new boyfriend, Elliot Grainge, going for a ride in a luxurious convertible. In the photo, Sofia could be seen positively beaming, as she lifted her arms in the air and threw up two peace signs.
The model also captioned the snap with the perfect word to encapsulate her day. “Dreamy,” she wrote alongside the photo, which was seemingly captured by Sofia’s pals Nicolas Bijan and Roxy Bijan. While Sofia has been keeping her romance fairly low-key, she’s clearly been enjoying herself with her new beau in St. Barts!
It also seems that Sofia’s newfound romance has a lot of support from her famous father, Lionel Richie. “There is a deep level of trust between [Sofia and Elliot],” one source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. “Their dads are very close, so she’s known him a long time. Her dad could not be happier.” Indeed, there’s already a lot of trust between the families, since Lionel has known Elliot’s dad, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Sir Lucian Grainge, for years. Plus, Elliot is quite accomplished, himself!
“He studied business and after he graduated her launched his own record label, he’s very ambitious and very smart. Everyone in Sofia’s life is happy about this, they all think he’s a great choice. She’s such a sweet girl she deserves a really great guy and by all accounts Elliot is a winner.” As Sofia continues to enjoy her tropical getaway, take a look at her and more stars rocking swimsuits on the beach with the gallery above!
Mark Wahlberg Honors Mom Alma After Her Death With Photo Of Her & His 4 Kids: ‘Miss You’
Mark Wahlberg paid tribute to his late mother, Alma Wahlberg, with a beautiful photo of her cuddling up with her grandchildren.
Gone, but not forgotten. Mark Wahlberg honored his mother, Ama Wahlberg on Instagram with a sweet photo two days after announcing the devastating news to his fans. The Transformers star, 49, posted a beautiful throwback of Ama sitting on a couch surrounded by his four adorable kids: Brendan, 12, Ella, 17, Grace, 11, and Michael, 15. Mark and his wife, Rhea Durham, are in on the cuddles, too.
He captioned the post, “Miss you grandma” with a red heart emoji. Mark announced 78-year-old Ama’s death in an April 18 tweet. The Daddy’s Home star posted a lovely photo of his mother with a huge smile on her face, captioning it, “My angel. Rest in peace.” Ama’s other children, including singer Donnie Wahlberg, also honored their mother online. Donnie, 51, penned a lengthy tribute on Instagram accompanied by a slideshow of photos and videos.
“I’m so blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by and set on my life’s path by, such an amazing woman,” he wrote, in part. “My mom Alma’s joy for life, love and people — combined with a pride in her humble beginnings and refusal to forget where she came from — undoubtedly shaped me into the man that I am. She was, without a doubt, the most loving human being I’ve ever known.”
Ama was mother to nine children and was a regular fixture on Wahlburgers, the A&E reality show that followed the family’s Boston-based burger chain. The show, which aired from 2014 to 2019, showcased many members of the Wahlberg family, including son Paul Wahlberg — who later named another restaurant Alma Nova in her honor. “I was very hesitant and nervous at first,” Alma told USA Today in 2014 about being on the show. “[My sons] said, ‘You can talk to a wall, Ma. You won’t have any trouble.’”
Suri Cruise Sports Long Hair While Posing With Flowers & Goofing Off With Friends On 15th Birthday
Suri Cruise looked super sweet while enjoying her 15th birthday in the Big Apple! The teenager showed off her long hair and posed with some flowers as her friend snapped some pics!
Suri Cruise is another year older! The teenage daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise turned 15 years old on April 18, and she looked like she had a total blast on her big day. The newly minted 15-year-old spent her birthday out and about in New York City and was spotted having some low-key birthday fun. Suri and a few of her pals were seen snapping some photos together while posing with a pretty bouquet of pink and white carnations.
The birthday girl also showed off her long, brunette ‘do, and looked like the spitting image of her famous mom, 42. Naturally, Suri followed the necessary safety precautions while celebrating her birthday amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She and her friends wore protective face masks while having fun in the Big Apple. The teens only removed their face masks while smiling for a quick photo, or enjoying some delicious ice cream!
Despite her birthday falling during the middle of a pandemic, Suri truly showed the she was enjoying her day like so many around the world who celebrated their special days during COVID-19, as well. Suri’s mom, Katie, made sure to celebrate her daughter’s birthday by taking to Instagram and sharing a carousel of photos to her social media account. Far more precious than the intimate pics of Suri and her mom, however, was the sweet caption Katie wrote and dedicated to her teen.
“Happy 15th Birthday Sweetheart! I love you,” Katie wrote, adding a string of exclamation points and a number of emojis. “I can’t believe you are already 15!” Katie concluded the post. It’s hard to believe that Suri is already 15 years old. After all, it doesn’t seem like that long ago that she was just a tiny tot being photographed while out with her famous parents.
Over the course of the last few years, though, Suri’s adoring mom has made a concerted effort to offer her daughter as normal an upbringing as possible. Suri’s bond with her mom is so incredibly strong and it’s amazing to see the teen grow up to be her Katie’s mini-me. Fans cannot wait to see what the future holds for the teenager!