While promoting his new movie The Matrix Resurrections, Keanu Reeves and Drew Barrymore look back at the time they went on a wild motorcycle ride together. Reeves and Barrymore go back a long time; they met starring in the 1986 holiday movie, Babes in Toyland. While the two met 35 years ago, they still manage to keep in touch.
Barrymore was only 11 when she acted alongside Reeves in the TV movie, which shouldn’t be too shocking as she already stole hearts at the age of seven in E.T. Babes in Toyland follows Barrymore’s character, Lisa Piper, who wakes up in Toyland, and with the help of her family and friends, tries to defeat the villainous Barnaby Barnacle. The cast also features Richard Mulligan, Eileen Brennan, Pat Morita and, of course, Reeves. The stardom of both Barrymore and Reeces would only rise, seeing the actors star in cult classics and blockbuster hits. Reeves even reprised his iconic Matrix role this year, which is what reunited him and Barrymore on her talk show.
Reeves appeared on a recent episode of The Drew Barrymore Show, where he and Barrymore reminisced about the time they took a wild motorcycle ride together. Based on Barrymore’s recollection, the spontaneous ride happened on the actress’ 16th birthday, when Reeves whisked her outside and onto the back of his motorcycle. Barrymore has nothing but good things to say about the experience. She described it as very freeing and a moment that brought her a lot of happiness. Later, she jokes how the memory really cemented the occasion as a true sweet 16 birthday. Her full quote can be seen below:
“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 and I hold it so dear because the older we get the harder it is to get to that feeling.”
Staying on theme for the episode, Barrymore poses a question to Reeves where she asked him to describe a moment he felt free. The actor chose to look at his profession and how his career pursuits were decided from an early age. Acting in school plays brought a sense of freedom and excitement to Reeves, which is why he could confidently say at 15 years old that he wanted to become an actor. He details how he enjoyed the creative and collaborative nature of storytelling. He even let out a gleeful giggle describing the moment as the point when a director calls “action” or when a scene can begin.
It may have been 35 years since Babes in Toyland came out, but there is no love lost between Barrymore and Reeves. Barrymore still cherishes the memory from her 16th birthday, and even though Reeves seemingly couldn’t remember it, he was a good sport trying to recall the streets they drove down that night. Their natural disposition with one another is highlighted once again when Reeves goes into his own freeing moment, which Barrymore can relate to being an actor herself. The interview is filled with honesty and kindness; it’s no wonder that Twitter reacted as positively as it did.