Drew Barrymore Shares the Best Memory of Riding Keanu Reeves’ Motorcycle

Drew Barrymore may have gotten the best sweet sixteen present of all time thanks to her former co-star, Keanu Reeves.

The Matrix star appeared on Tuesday’s episode of The Drew Barrymore Show, during which he and the talk show host reminisced about a special moment they shared thirty years ago. Barrymore and Reeves first met when they starred together in Babes in Toyland in 1986, when Barrymore was only 11 years old. “Can I take it back to a memory that I have with you?” Barrymore asked Reeves on the show. “I was at this club, and it was my 16th birthday, and you came in — this is the memory I have of it, if you have anything to add or change, please let me know — you walked in, and you grabbed my hand, and you took me outside, and you put me on your motorcycle, and we drove at the warp speed of my life.”

The actress continued: “We went and you took me on the ride of my life. And I was so free, I was such a free human being. And it was [this] moment where I just remember loving life and being so happy. I hold it so dear because the older we get, the harder it is to get to that feeling.” 

Reeves, apparently attempting to remember the moment, asked, “Which club were we at?” 

“I believe it was on Third Street in Los Angeles,” Barrymore replied. “And then I think we definitely took off down Third, and then we drove around for a while, and then we went back and I went back in. I don’t remember if you came in or not.” 

As detailed by PEOPLE, she then stood up and skipped around the stage, saying, “I literally walked back into the party skipping. I didn’t even think of it as a Sweet 16, but I’m now realizing that you can’t have a better Sweet 16 than being put on your motorcycle and having the moment where you understand what freedom is.”


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Barrymore previously brought up this special memory on her show in September 2020, telling actors Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke from The SpongeBob Movie, “I did a movie with [Reeves] when I was 11 years old in Munich, Germany for six months — a TV movie called Babes in Toyland. And, so that would be 1986 and then he showed up at my 16th birthday party and took me on a motorcycle ride I will never forget. We just blasted through the streets. It was at night and the streets were empty, and it was one of those moments where I’ll never forget it.”

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