Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon. His father abandoned the family when he was just 2 and Reeves and his mother moved to Australia and New York City before settling in Toronto, Canada. His mother remarried and her second husband, Paul Aaron, was a Broadway and Hollywood director. Reeves began acting on stage when he was 9 years old and by 15, he was a production assistant for his step-dad. Reeves played ice hockey as goalie and had dreams of going pro, but decided to stick with acting instead. He moved to LA when he was 20 and found small roles on tv, film and stage for the next several years, earning praise for his acting. Reeves’ breakthrough came with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure followed closely by My Own Private Idaho, then he rocketed to stardom with The Matrix in 1999. He received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and is one of Hollywood’s highest paid actors. Reeves co-owns a production company called Company Films with friend Stephen Hamel, and he co-founded a custom motorcycle company called Arch. He has also co-written 2 books. Reeves has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media. He is 6 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs about 185 lbs.
Keanu Reeves’s Diet
Reeves has always been slim, but it isn’t just due to luck. He follows a fairly strict regimen of clean, healthy foods including chicken, vegetables, and rice. Rather than being rigid in his food choices, he just tries to stick to a sensible, balanced plan. He steers clear of junk and eats healthy snacks to assuage any cravings. He’ll have an occasional adult beverage but doesn’t overindulge.
- Low-Medium Fat 25% 25%
- Medium Carb 30% 30%
- Medium-High Protein 60% 60%
Sensible Man, Sensible Plan
Reeves doesn’t subscribe to any special diet. He just knows that nutrient-dense foods provide the fuel he needs to have energy to get through his busy days.
Eat Your Veggies
Like mama always told you, it’s important to eat your greens, and the entire rainbow for maximum micro nutrients.
Tai Chi Man Reeves always appears calm, cool and collected, no doubt because he avoids the roller coaster ride of sugar highs and subsequent crashes.
Enjoy Your Carbs
Reeves eats rice, pasta and other carbs. His ripped physique proves you don’t have to give up all the fun to be healthy and look good.
La Dolce Vita
Reeves’ idea of a good time doesn’t require a lot of money. It’s just having his friends over for good food, wine and conversation.
What to Eat
Everything in moderation
What to Avoid
Reeves on Health vs Financial Success
‘We all know that good health is much more important.’
Reeves on his Idea of Happiness
‘A beautiful repast with my friends, family, with wine and glorious food and happy tidings and energy and zest and lust for life.’
Reeves on Turning 40
‘I had the classic 40 meltdown…It’s embarrassing…But then I recovered. To me, it was like a second adolescence. Hormonally, my body was changing, my mind was changing, and so my relationship to myself and the world around me came to this assault of finiteness.’
Reeves on his Life
‘I don’t have a life. I need therapy.’
Keanu Reeves’s Fitness Routine
To prepare for John Wick 3, Reeves began training 4 months before shooting began.
Martial Arts Master
Reeves starred and directed Man of Tai Chi, but he had been working on his skills for the past couple of decades with adepts such as the Machado brothers and professional stuntmen.
To get in shape for John Wick 3, Reeves also had to undergo munitions and firearms training, becoming a virtual pro at handling weaponry.
Reeves would work out 4-5 hours a day doing jiu-jitsu, judo, and tactical shooting as his prep for the role of John Wick 3.
Reeves worked with personal trainer Patrick Murphy doing circuits to improve strength and get some cardio in one (brutal) workout.
In addition to the martial arts, shooting and circuits, Reeves also worked on his flexibility and stability to prevent injuries.
A Keanu Reeves John Wick 3 Circuit
Do 20 reps of each exercise with minimal rest between exercises but 2 min rest between rounds. Do 6 rounds total.
Reverse lunge front dumbbell raise
Bosu ball lunge shoulder press
Reverse step resistance band rows
Squat with TRX shoulder iso-hold
Stability ball dynamic plank
Banded lateral walk Pallof press
Reeves on Self-judgement
‘It’s easy to become very self-critical when you’re an actor.’
Reeves on a Biking
‘I love riding my bike through Los Angeles on the Pacific Coast Highway…It’s like losing myself…[It] takes away regular cares and responsibilities.’
Reeves on a Hypothetical Battle Between John Wick and Neo
‘They wouldn’t fight, but maybe John Wick would try and help Thomas Anderson out in the real world.’
Reeves on Mortality
‘Mortality is very different when you’re 20 to when you’re 50.’
Reeves on Aging
‘How do I confront aging? With a wonder and a terror.’
Keanu Reeves’s Supplements
Reeves is a private person so he hasn’t shared what supplements he uses, but the supplements below can benefit anyone on a similar diet.
If you’re looking to build and retain muscle, a protein supplement is a smart choice.
creatine and BCAAs
coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Keanu Reeves’s Lifestyle
What’s In a Name?
‘Keanu’ means ‘cool breeze over the mountains’ in Hawaiian. His early life was sort of like being blown around by the wind. His father left the family when Reeves was just 2 and his mother remarried and moved several times, often leaving the kids in the care of grandparents and nannies.
Follow Your Star
When he was at his peak of stardom, Reeves played bass guitar in an alt rock band called Dogstar. He also played in the band Becky for a year.
Winner: Most Introverted
In a Time magazine interview, Reeves was called ‘The most introverted person in Hollywood.’ He keeps his private life to himself and many of his coworkers say they do not know him very well.
Cheer-up Keanu Day
After a photo of Reeves sitting alone on a park bench looking sad, a Facebook fan page declared June 15 ‘Cheer-up Keanu Day.’
In 1999, Reeves’ girlfriend Jennifer Syme gave birth to a stillborn baby at 8 months. The couple broke up a few weeks later. In 2001, Syme died in a car accident after crashing into some parked vehicles. She was being treated for depression at the time and prescription medication was found in the car.
Reeves supports many charities. He created a private cancer foundation for research and children’s hospitals, he worked a Stand Up to Cancer telethon and he also endorses PETA.
Reeves on Grief
‘Grief changes shape but it never ends.’
Reeves on Paying Attention
‘The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.’
Reeves on Money
‘Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I’ve made a lot of money but I want to enjoy life and not stress myself building my bank account. I give lots away and live simply, mostly out of a suitcase in hotels.’
Reeves on Himself
‘I’m not handsome or sexy. Of course, it’s not like I’m hopeless.’
Reeves on Nightmares
‘I used to have nightmares that they’d put “He played Ted” on my tombstone.’