Keanu Reeves is known to be one of the nicest actors in Hollywood. While most stars have fans and co-workers that come out to say negative things about them, no one that has worked with Keanu has said anything bad about him. This has led fans to wonder if his nice personality has led him to be vegan.
Though Keanu Reeves loves animals, he is not a vegan. He has talked about his diet before in interviews and he does eat meat. He does love animals though and has worked with them before in films, but he loves steak.
Continue reading to find out more about Keanu Reeves’ diet and how he helps the planet in other ways.
Keanu Reeves: The Animal Lover
Keanu Reeves has a tradition of eating steak before he films a fight sequence. He says, “The night before a big fight sequence, I still eat a steak. It started on The Matrix. It’s totally psychological.”
He further says that he prefers a “nice New York cut with a little fat on it.” Though he has this tradition of eating steak before his fight scenes, he still loves animals.
He says his diet is important for staying healthy and he tends to intake a lot of protein like meat when he trains for his action films.
Speaking of action films, in the John Wick series, Keanu Reeves’ character John Wick is searching for the men who broke into his home because they stole his car and killed his puppy.
The puppy was important because it was the last gift his wife gave him before she died. The rest of the series is very centered on John Wick losing that dog as he adopts another one later in the series.
This is important to note because although Keanu does not have any pets of his own, he loves dogs and other animals.
Not only has he worked with them in films like John Wick, but he has also done interviews with puppies. In the interview, he is very playful with the puppies.
He talks to them in a “baby voice”, uses stuffed toys to play with them, kisses them, and even lets one puppy chew his shoelace. He also often cuts himself off to talk to the puppies.
It is clear that Keanu Reeves loves animals despite not being vegan or vegetarian.
Keanu Reeves’ Alternative Ethical Acts
Though Keanu Reeves is not vegan, he still lives an ethical lifestyle as he is a well-known philanthropist.
Reeves has actually worked with the animal rights group PETA before. More notably, however, is that he has a private charity foundation.
It is based on cancer research and aids children’s hospitals. He chose this cause because his sister used to have leukemia, but beat it after ten years.
The foundation was a secret for a long time because Reeves said he does not want the foundation to be about him and does not want to attach his name to it as a publicity stunt.
He also worked with the foundation Stand Up to Cancer by manning the phones for their telethon in 2008. So, not only does he donate his money, but also his time.
This is what he says about donating: “Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I give lots away and live simply. We all know that good health is much more important.”
He actually donated $80 million of his $114 million earnings that he made in The Matrix in 1999 back to the crew. He says he has enough to live comfortably, so he does not need all the excess.
So, although Keanu Reeves is not vegan, he does still make ethical choices. He seems to be passionate about supporting cancer research and creating awareness about it as the cause is personal to him.