Keanu Reeves

The Religion and Political Views of Keanu Reeves



Reeves was not raised in any religion. He did attend Catholic school briefly and has been rumored to be a Buddhist but he denies it. Some comments he's made about the afterlife imply agnosticism, but not atheism.

Political Views

Reeves seems to genuinely care about people, society, and the world but he has taken no official political stance.


Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon to an English mother and an American father. His father left the family when Keanu was quite young and his mother subsequently married four times.

Religion was not much a part of Keanu's life growing up–though he did briefly attend a Catholic school–and it seems to be rather unimportant to this day.[1] He has said:

I wasn't raised in any special denominations and I haven't taken on any so far.[2]

It is widely rumored that Reeves is a Buddhist, especially after he played the Buddha in the film, Little Buddha. He even co-narrated a documentary along with Richard Gere (an outspoken Buddhist) called Discovering Buddhism where principles, history and theology of the religion are discussed.

Still, Reeves denies any official connection to Buddhism, saying:

I learned that there is no self and no ego involved in Buddhism. I'm not Buddhist, but I certainly learned not to fear death – that death is a part of a new life.[3]

Well, speaking of an afterlife, Keanu has had something to say about it, though he seems to acknowledge its mystery. Reeves said:

Energy can't be created or destroyed, and energy flows. It must be in a direction, with some kind of internal, emotive, spiritual direction. It must have some effect somewhere…I do think there must be some kind of interaction between your living life and the life that goes on from here.[4]

All things considered, we're going to put him in the agnostic category.

Be excellent to each other

Reeves seems very non-political. He routinely avoids questions about politics and has never endorsed any platform.

However, he does seem to be a genuinely caring guy, whether it's giving a $20,000 Christmas present to a poor family he knows[5] or sharing a drink and bumming a cigarette to a homeless man[6] or donating millions to cancer and AIDS research.[7]

The one thing that would point to some sort of political affiliation (though it's sort of sad as this issue shouldn't be political, but rather just a given) is that he participated and co-narrated a documentary called The Great Warming–about the dangers of man-made climate change.[8]

For this reason, we're going to plant him in the liberal camp.

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