Keanu Reeves speaks about his 'difficult' high school experience in resurfaced interview
Unequivocal "good guy", Keanu Reeves, has faced a great deal of scrutiny after he stepped out publicly with a girlfriend - something that he hasn't done in decades.
The 55-year-old attended the LACMA Art + Film Gala Presented By Gucci in Los Angeles with visual artist Alexandra Grant, earlier this month, and the pair were seen holding hands.
People were quick to comment on the fact that he had chosen an "age appropriate" girlfriend, despite the fact that Grant is nine years younger than Reeves.
In any case, the public have created a cult of personality around the actor, rendering any tidbit of information about him golden. As such, news that he never finished high-school has recently resurfaced on the internet, from a Daily Mail interview he gave back in 2008.
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The Matrix actor described his high school career as being "difficult" to the publication.
"I went to four different high schools in five years," Reeves said. "I was OK academically, good at English and creative writing. I was on the chess team."
And while his acting chops got him into a performing arts school, the 55-year-old maintained that he didn't "fit in"
"It was a very small school and I guess I didn’t fit in. I had conflicts and run-ins with the staff. The principal and I didn’t see eye to eye. I was one of those ‘Why?’ kids – I asked too many questions about everything. I couldn’t stop even if it got me into trouble," he continued.
"I wanted my autonomy, and if you wanted to impose something on me, then you and I would have a problem."
This became so much of a problem that Reeves was ultimately expelled at the age of 16. Commenting on his expulsion, the actor said "It’s a terrible letter to receive, saying you can’t come back to school next year. Getting asked to leave was very upsetting."