For context: Last year news broke that Reeves was dating artist Alexandra Grant, and the internet collectively freaked out because it’s a rare instance of an actor seeing someone who’s age appropriate. (Reeves is 55; she’s 47.) There were, of course, some trolls who called out the fact that Grant has gray hair—and it appears that subconscious ageism has seeped into her being misidentified as Reeves’s mother.
Mistakes happen—people are moving fast on Oscar night—but it’s a fact that photo-sourcing sites and journalists need to do a better job at identifying people. Sadly, this isn’t the first time this has happened. In November 2019 the internet latched on to the idea that Grant looked like Helen Mirren, 74. But Mirren had the best response to all that.
“I saw that,” Mirren told Entertainment Tonight about the online comparisons between her and Grant. “That was very flattering on me, you know, because she’s obviously lovely.”
She continued, “I do know Keanu very well. He did a film with my husband, and he is just the most adorable, lovely person. So [Grant is] a lucky girl and I’m sure that he’s a lucky boy.
Keanu Reeves himself had a bit of a renaissance last year with memorable roles in Toy Story 4, Always Be My Maybe, and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. He’s slated to have an even bigger 2020 with reported parts in several movies, including The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run and Bill & Ted Face the Music.