Who: Keanu Reeves. Ted Logan. Johnny Utah. Jack Traven. Neo. “That Tod”
Why: He’s always stood out looks-wise because at least when he started out, there was no one else that looked like him. He’s diligent about acting despite the 20-odd-year debate about whether he can, in fact, act. Because he was in the so-bad-it’s-good Point Break (I! Am! An! FBI! Agent!)
When: College. Blame Sarah. And Speed.
Level of Obsession: I met Sarah when I returned to my dorm room and found her standing there petting my Speed poster. So I love him for that. Driving through Nevada after college I may have held a People Magazine cover story on him to my face and talked to her as Keanu.
“Ahhhh!” Moment(s): Ridiculously beautiful in My Own Private Idaho. I still sit through Speed and get giddy when he puts that thing around his neck and gets all rage-filled when Jeff Daniels blows up. And those arms when he’s under the bus trying to defuse the bomb? YUM.
When we graduated Sarah and I donated money to our alma mater in his name, just to see a) if they’d print it in the fundraising literature b) he would respond to it c) we’re nuts (yes they did, no he didn’t, yes we are). At the height of her obsession she told her mother his name meant “breeze through the mountains” (or something like that) in Hawaiian. Her mother re-named him “breeze between the ears”!