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Who's That Lady? Why Keanu Reeves and His 'Age-Appropriate' Girlfriend Have Broken the Internet

LA-based visual artist Alexandra Grant is a known name in the art world, famous for her "radical collaborative" works that transcend mediums.

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Updated:November 7, 2019, 8:37 AM IST
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Who's That Lady? Why Keanu Reeves and His 'Age-Appropriate' Girlfriend Have Broken the Internet
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Internet's favourite celebrity Keanu Reeves just confirmed his relationship with American artist Alexandra Grant. And the Internet cannot keep calm.

It all began when Reeves, 55, showed up at the LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles holding hands with the 46-years-old artist. Twitter instantly lost its collective calm with speculation rife as to why their favourite celebrity was holding hands with this lady who looked nothing like the "arm candy" many older Hollywood stars start to "sport" after a certain age.

So who is Alexandra Grant?

While interest in Grant soared instantly after their relationship was confirmed, in reality, Grant has been around for a long time and is a known face in the LA art scene. As a visual artist working on using painting, drawing, sculpture, video and other mediums to examine language and text, Grant has been friends with Reeves since 2011 when she started collaborating with him on his books "Ode to Happiness" (2011) as well as "Shadows" (2016).

The latter carries Grant's illustrations along with Reeves' writing. Her first exhibition was held in 2007 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and curated by none other than the celebrated Alma Ruiz. Her work is often known as "radical collaboration" as it is heavily inspired by writings and texts of other artists.

Inspired by Greek mythology, the artists herself has worked with several authors and philosophers including Michael Joyce, artist Channing Hansen and philosopher Hélène Cixous.

In 2017, Grant co-founded "X Artists' Books", a small publishing company that publishes "artist books", along with Reeves and designer Jessica Fleischmann. These are basically works of art by artists that use the book as a medium for the art.

Apart from being an artist, Grant is also a teacher and the occasional filmmaker. She has held various teaching positions in prestigious institutions such as the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Pacific Northwest College of Art among others.

In 2015, she directed a documentary film called 'Taking Lena Home' which revolved around the story of returning a stolen tombstone to the the state of Nebraska.

A well-travelled woman, Grant is also ordained to officiate weddings.

Meeting Reeves

Though the two have collaborated since 2011, some reports suggest that Grant first met Reeves at a dinner party in 2009. While the two have been friends from 2011 onward, it was only in the year 2016 that the duo started making red carpet appearances together "as friends" when they were spotted at the UNAIDS Galaat Design Miami/Basel in Switzerland.

Before the LACMA event this year, the two were seen holding hands at Saint Laurent's fashion show in June June and at the MOCA benefit in May before that, sparking off speculations. Fans were overjoyed to see Reeves with a girlfriend. The John Wick actor, who has been stoically discreet about his love life, lost his long-time girlfriend as well as their unborn child in the 1990s-early 2000s.

Not one to talk about the women in his life, Reeves is admired for the way he treats his women colleagues and co-stars. Recently, photos of Reese posing with a variety of actresses over the years revealed that the Matrix actor never really touched a woman while posing with them or made them feel uncomfortable in any way, leading many to call the move "respectfully posing" and Reeves a "gentleman".

The Age Gauge

While Reeves in a relationship (though neither he nor Grant have as yet confirmed it) was bound to create ripples on social media, the photos nearly broke the Internet on Saturday. Not only were fans overjoyed to see Reeves, whose last reported relationship was in 2008 with actor-model China Chow, happily holding hands with a romantic partner, many also rejoiced the "age-appropriateness" of the pair.

While most Hollywood actors (men and women alike) and other celebrities are known to turn to the youngest of the lot when it comes to dating/marrying choices when their own hair turns grey, (Read George and Amal Cloony, Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Donald and Melania Trump), many found the image cut by Reeves and Grant to be "a breath of fresh air".

Meanwhile, fans and netizens have generally been overflowing with love and support for the potential power-couple.

However, some observers noted the ludicrousness of the praises Reeves was receiving for dating someone "age-appropriate" (Note that even Grant is nine years younger than Reeves so what do we even consider age-appropriate anymore?)

Netizens pointed out that while it was great for Reeves and Grant to be together, the actor certainly deserved no special laurels for choosing a relatively mature woman.

Even then, others surmised that Grant's white-hair was an inspiration to many middle-aged women to stop dying their hair and embrace the natural symptoms of age.

Appropriate or not, Reeves and Grant have now become America's sweethearts, joining a long list of celebrity power-couples loved and hated by millions across the globe. Ignore our bias, but they will probably get more love than hate though.

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