Helen Mirren, 74, is ‘very flattered’ people thought she was dating Keanu Reeves, 55, because they mistook his new girlfriend Alexandra Grant, 46, for her.
The actor went public with the artist at the LACMA Art and Film Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday night, and promptly sent his fans into a spin after decades of keeping his dating life private.
There was a flurry of further excitement when Alexandra was mistaken for Oscar-winning actress Helen because of their strikingly similar features.
The British star has now had her say on the comparisons, telling ET at the New York premiere of her movie, The Good Liar, on Wednesday: ‘I saw that [the comparisons].
‘That was very flattering on me, you know, because she’s obviously lovely.’
Helen and Keanu are long-time friends, after the actor worked with her director husband Taylor Hackford on 1997 movie The Devil’s Advocate.
And the actress had only good things to say about Keanu’s new romance. ‘I do know Keanu very well,’ she added. ‘He did a film with my husband and he is just the most adorable, lovely person. So she’s a lucky girl and I’m sure that he’s a lucky boy.’
It’s emerged that Keanu fell for Los Angeles based Alexandra, who he has been friends with for a decade, because she has qualities that most women he has met in Hollywood don’t embrace.
The college graduate is ‘spiritual, sensitive and kind’ which has built the A-list movie star’s trust.
And the creative master has also been able to do what no other woman has: she has gotten the Matrix star to open up about his past heartache over the death of his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Syme.
Syme was expecting Keanu’s baby girl Ava in 1999 but the child was stillborn at eight months.
The couple split and then in 2001 there was more tragedy as Jennifer drove her 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee into a row of parked cars in Los Angeles; she died instantly. She was only 28-years-old at the time.
According to Life & Style Weekly, Alexandra has been all ears and support for Reeves.
‘She’s one of the few people who’s managed to get Keanu to open up about his emotions and past,’ said a source.
Reeves has had a reputation for being very private and keeping his personal life a closed book.
But Alexandra’s sensitive nature struck a chord with the Bram Stoker’s Dracula actor.
‘He was in such a dark place for so long, but Alexandra’s positive outlook and support have played a huge part in helping him turn his life around,’ added a friend.
A source also added: ‘Some say she’s not only stolen his heart but she’s also saved him.’
There is also an earthiness to Grant that appealed to him. ‘She is kind, warm and spiritual,’ said a pal. ‘And she is a great communicator.’
The site also stated that they have been spending a lot of time together.
When he was promoting John Wick 3, she was traveling with him.
And when he is away filming a movie, they miss each other very much, an insider added.
DailyMail.com was the first to report that Alexandra and Keanu were a couple after photos of them holding hands and sharing loving looks surfaced at the LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday.