Watch: Drew Barrymore recounts her 16th birthday trip on Keanu Reeves’ motorcycle
The two A-listers have been friends since at least the 1986 television movie Babes in Toyland.
“We had so much fun making it,” Barrymore recalled. “I’m just looking back from 1986 until now, we have both had the privilege and fortune to keep going. And what a gift and a blessing that is.”
Barrymore wanted to share a special moment with Reeves after praising him for ageing gracefully in the profession and setting an example:
“I was at this club, and it was my 16th birthday, and you came in. This is the memory I have of it. If you have anything to add or change, please let me know. You walked in, grabbed my hand, and you took me outside, and you put me on your motorcycle, and we drove at the warp speed of my life. You took me on the ride of my life, and I was so free. I was such a free human being, and it was just this moment where I just remember loving life and being so happy. I hold it so dear because the older we get, the harder it is to get to that feeling.”
Reeves couldn’t recall the details of that night, but he said one of the first times he felt free was when he stated at 15 that he wanted to be an actor after realising his “sense of being free was play.”
“It was fun,” he said. “Make believe, but reality. Connection. A group, collaboration. And also, the imagination; it’s public, it’s private, it’s together, it’s shared. Commune. You tell a story. I love stories. Stories … help us contextualize the world. Help us see it.”