- September
Posted By : Daniel Koh
Famous Dyslexic: Keanu Reeves

“Because I had trouble reading, I wasn’t a good student”

Keanu Reeves

Best known for his role in the Matrix and John Wick, Keanu Reeves credits his acting to learning to cope with his dyslexia in school. Reeves remarks that his acting career probably stemmed from his act often put on in school. A dyslexic, Reeves says he often pretended to understand school because it was his way of “coping with the fact that I didn’t really fit in.”

Wishing a happy and blessed birthday to Keanu Reeves!

As it is his birthday today, we would like to take some time to not only wish him happy birthday, but to also share a little insight to his dyslexia journey in hopes that it inspires you as much as it has inspired us. 

Not only is Reeves an amazing actor, he is well spoken, humble and kind-hearted. It might come as a surprise that he has a learning disability.

Reeves has shared his personal experience as a dyslexic, how it made school difficult, but also how it has helped him in his career.

School was very hard for Reeves as a kid because he was diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disorder in which one has trouble distinguishing words and letters.

“Because I had trouble reading, I wasn’t a good student,” Reeves once said.

Ultimately Reeves was also expelled from one high school because, as he shared “I was just a little too rambunctious and shot my mouth off once too often. I was not generally the most well-oiled machine in the school.”

Despite the fact that Reeves had trouble reading, he was interested in stories. He loved Shakespeare and other famous authors who were known for their storytelling.

“When I was going to the School for the Performing Arts, around that time, immediately after I’d be going to the library and reading Chekhov plays,” Reeves said.

This love for stories ultimately allowed him to become an actor. He took acting lessons and participated in school plays as a teenager, which would lead him to Hollywood later on.

We are grateful that you have shared your dyslexia journey and hope that it inspires many others!

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