Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder may be married in real life because the wedding scene in Bram Stoker's Dracula used a real Romanian priest.
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder met when they were both up-and-coming stars cast in Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992. While the pair have gone on to become two of Hollywood’s biggest actors, it seems that starring together in that film changed their lives more than just professionally. According to Unilad, a particular scene in the movie may mean that the pair have been a married couple for real for the past 30 years!
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder have been prominent Hollywood figures since the late 1980s. Reeves achieved his breakout role in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), and Ryder reached stardom the previous year when she led in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice (1988). When the pair came together in 1992 to film Dracula, they got married in a scene for the movie, but the director, Francis Ford Coppola, used a real Romanian priest for the part, which means that the pair might actually have gotten married in real life—at least in the spiritual sense.
Winona Ryder has spoken out about her secret marriage in the past. She and Keanu Reeves did another movie together in 2018, which was ironically called Destination Wedding. While promoting the film, Ryder admitted that she was likely married to her co-star in real life.
In fact, Keanu Reeves is the last person involved in the marriage to comment on the matter publicly. Even Coppola has come out and said that the pair are married for real. Finally breaking his silence on the marriage, Reeves said, “Winona says we are. Coppola says we are. So, I guess we’re married under the eyes of God.”
Despite having been married for more than 30 years at this point, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves have never dated, but they did have mutual crushes on each other at different points in time. The pair have done multiple movies together in addition to Destination Wedding and Dracula, having also starred in A Scanner Darkly and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee together. After knowing each other for multiple decades, it makes sense that the two actors would become close.
Although the pair have never dated each other, they have had close relationships with other people over the last several decades, with both actors coming close to getting married in real life, in the legal sense. Winona Ryder was engaged to Johnny Depp at the time that she “got married” to Keanu Reeves in Dracula, although the pair broke off their engagement in 1993. Reeves was also engaged at one point in a love story that ended in tragedy—soon after his fiance Jennifer Syme suffered a stillbirth, she died in a car crash in 2001.
Now, both Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves are in happy relationships, although not with each other. Reeves has been dating visual artist Alexandra Grant since 2018, although the pair have been friends since at least 2011. Ryder is happily partnered with fashion designer Scott Mackinlay Hahn, whom she’s been with since 2011.