“I remember a couple years ago, about a year and a half ago, (Alexandra) said, ‘Keanu Reeves is my boyfriend’ and I’m like, ‘Wait. What? What? What?’” Tilly, 61, told the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection on Wednesday night. “She was so cool I thought she was a lesbian.”
In November, Reeves, 55, and Grant, 46, were seen holding hands at the Lacma Art + Film Gala, and instantly sparked romance rumours.
“It’s really astonishing to me how in the last five months, all of a sudden, she goes to an event with him and everybody goes insane, like, ‘It’s his new girlfriend,’ because she had gone to a lot of events with him,” Tilly said. “It’s just suddenly surfaced that he’s been dating her for several years.”
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The Child’s Play star, who met Grant at a dinner party years ago, raved that the “brilliant artist” is perfect for Reeves because they are both “low key”.
“I saw him at her last art opening, and he’s not, like, wanting the spotlight, because he’s a really low-key guy, too, and I think why everybody went crazy is that they’re sort of the perfect couple,” Tilly said. “I think everybody wishes that they had something like that. It’s not a razzle, dazzle Hollywood romance.”
The actress shared that Grant – who is still a bit of a mystery to the public – is a “cool, elegant woman, very quiet, very low-key.
She added, “(Keanu) is a really great guy, too, but he’s really lucky.”
When asked whether she thinks her pals will tie the knot someday, Tilly responded, “I don’t know that doesn’t seem very hip and bohemian, does it? They’re artists. They’re just going to do what they do.”
WHO IS ALEXANDRA GRANT?
Grant is a well-known visual artist in LA, known for intertwining her work with the written word through various media including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, and photography, according to her website.
Reeves, outside of his acting career, has penned two volumes of poetry illustrated by Grant – the first – Ode To Happiness, released in 2011, and the second, Shadows, in 2016.
Clearly fans of each other’s work, one year later in 2017, the duo co-founded X Artists’ Books, an art-book publishing house that aims to produce “thoughtful, high-quality, artist-centred books that fit within and between genres.”
While Grant is LA-based, she spent chunks of her childhood living abroad, in Mexico, France, and Spain – experiences she says fuelled her love for words and languages.
The artist has exhibited her work at a variety of galleries and institutions worldwide, from Los Angeles, to New York, Baltimore and Paris.
As listed on her website, she has won several awards for her work, including a grant from the Pollock-Krasner foundation, and the COLA individual artist fellowship.
In 2008, Grant founded a charity that funds arts-based non-profits, called the grantLove project, described as “an artist-owned and operated project that produces and sells original artworks and editions to benefit artist projects and arts non-profits”.
She’s also a wedding celebrant, her Instagram suggests.
Grant posted a photo of her officiating a wedding in Brooklyn earlier this year, and a photo of her clergy badge that same month.
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