If it feels like most celebrities are in the headlines for bad behaviour, one shining star we can count on to make the news for good reasons, is Keanu Reeves. The versatile actor and all-around awesome human is having one of his best professional years and with that comes lots of posing on the red carpet, which can be exhausting at best and tricky to navigate at worst.
Reeves is currently riding high with a trifecta of successful movies thanks to John Wick 3, Always Be My Maybe (in which his appearance inspired its own Twitter account) and the upcoming Toy Story 4, meaning he’s managed to star in an action film, rom-com, and what will likely be one of the biggest children’s movies of the year, all within the same few months. These blockbuster films mean that the spotlight has been especially bright this year, and Reeves has been handling the pressure like the seasoned pro he is.
It also means that the internet has fallen in love with Reeves all over again and noticed his smart and respectful stance on posing with fan, especially women. Specifically, Reeves’ choosing to put his arm around the back of the person, with his hand away from their body, showing it’s possible for a man to stand next to a woman without making anyone uncomfortable.
Lol Keanu ain’t taking no chances. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/nnfIOZKbT1
— Kemoy Lindsay (@KemziLinzi) June 9, 2019
Twitter user Kemoy Lindsay put together a compilation of pictures showing Reeves posing with women and they all include the actor with his arm around the women to show friendliness and warmth, while not actually touching the women’s backs, which we are interpreting as a sign of respect. As other Twitter users have pointed out, Keanu is exhibiting “hover hands or manner hands,” a practice that is used in Korea to show good manners and we think the the actor’s decision to keep a respectful distance when embracing fans and co-stars is the latest reminder that this man is a treasure and should be treated as such.
Want more proof that Keanu is a king among men? When Reeves learned that his busy summer of movies has made him the Internet’s newest boyfriend, a moniker he’d apparently never heard before and that he called “wacky,” he switched gears pretty quickly. Humbly dodging his new title and instead pivoting towards his projects and praising his co-stars? It’s hard to tell whether that’s our favourite part of the exchange or if it’s when Reeves talks about filming Bill and Ted 3, saying “It was a role I filmed 30 years ago.” Um, yeah, we remember, but our humble prince never assumes that the world knows his filmography (even though we totally do).
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) June 12, 2019