Keanu Reeves Once Surprised Drew Barrymore on 16th Birthday With Scenic Motorcycle Ride

by Liz Holland

Keanu Reeves and Drew Barrymore may seem like an unlikely friendship, but the pair goes way back. The pair starred in the 1986 TV film, “Babes in Toyland” together, and are still connected by that project from decades ago. Reeves recently visited Drew Barrymore’s talk show, where the two bonded over old memories.

Particularly, Barrymore recalling the time Reeves took her out for a motorcycle ride on her 16th birthday. “Can I take it back to a memory that I have with you?” Barrymore asked. “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 — And you walked in and you 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.”

Barrymore grabbed Reeves by the hand as she literally walked him through the memory. 

“We went and you took me on the ride of my life. And I was so free, I was such a free human being,” she recalled. “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.”

Keanu Reeves Took Drew Barrymore For a Teenage Joy Ride

Reeves smiled and chuckled as he tried to recall the memory, asking Barrymore which club it was and which streets they took off on. The actor agreed that if they were on the street that Barrymore remembers, they were definitely going fast. “If we were on third, at night, yeah we could get on it,” said Reeves. Barrymore added that the pair was going “irresponsibly fast,” but that she loved how freeing it felt. Reeves agreed, adding, “Riding your bike is thrilling and there is a freedom to it.”

Barrymore raved on explaining that although she didn’t think of the night as her “Sweet 16” in the moment, she looks back now and says “I’m now realizing you can’t have a better ‘Sweet 16’ than being put on your motorcycle and having the moment where you understand what freedom is.” Barrymore went on to ask Reeves what makes him feel free like she did in that moment– to which he says, acting. 

Reeves explains that his love of acting grew from plays, such as Shakespearean works he learned of in high school when he decided he wanted to be an actor at age 15. “That sense of being free was play. It was fun. Make believe, but reality. Connection, a group collaboration. And also, the imagination, it’s private, it’s public, it’s together, it’s shared. Stories help us contextualize the world, help us see it,” Reeves said of the art form. Reeves continued, “I love what happens after someone says ‘Action!’ The director or the first AD, sometimes… and then we begin. We’re in the moment…It’s fun, so I’m really grateful to earn a living and have a career.”