As we’ve been saying over the last few weeks, Summer 2018 has become the summer of the rom-com, in real life and on screen, with quick celebrity engagements and weddings and all kinds of cute love stories to watch and lose our minds over. There’s another rom-com opening tomorrow, starring two people we’ve been collectively trying to Gossip Genie together for, literally, decades – Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves.
We began the week with the news that Winona and Keanu, while promoting their movie Destination Wedding, revealed that they got married on the set of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Yesterday everybody was talking about this interview of them crushing on each other. Seriously. It’s basically the two of them going back and forth all like, “No, I had a crush on you”, “But I had a crush on you”, “No, I crushed on you first!” for several minutes.
The full version of that interview is here:
That’s actually nothing compared to what I’m about to tell you next. Did you know that… Winona used to write about Keanu in her diary? And that Keanu is one of the few people in Winona’s life who sends her real, physical letters?
OMGOMGOMGOMG. It’s the new rom-com twist and switch. Like, in the upcoming Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, Shannon Purser plays Cyrano de Bergerac and Roxane is PETER KAVINSKY. His real name is Noah Centineo but, let’s be real here, you only know him as PETER KAVINSKY from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Which is sort of what Winona and Keanu could be with all their letters going back and forth, only Keanu is Lara Jean and Winona is PETER KAVINSKY.
Anyway, Winona and Keanu shared all of this in an interview with Vanity Fair, which I read with a stupid ass smile on my face, giggling at times while covering my face in my hands, that’s how f-cking cute they are. The only problem?
THERE IS NO VIDEO.
And that’s a problem because this, below, is an exchange that happens during the discussion, when they’re pitching each other ideas for their next movie:
“We’re futuristic intellectuals. How about you’re the amazing poet/painter, and I get to be the drunk guy?”
“You want to just fight and fuck?” asked Reeves.
“Fight and fuck?!” Ryder cracked up, so Reeves boiled down his idea to a pitch-able tag line: “Think. Fight. Fuck.”
“I like it,” announced Ryder. “Where do I sign?”
Jesus Christ, we all want you to just fight and f-ck!!! Why? Why is the universe so cruel? Why couldn’t it have given us this moment on camera, as he turns to her and asks her…
“You want to just fight and f-ck?”
YES! PLEASE! Please fight and f-ck, and if you want to do some thinking, that works too as long as there is a lot of fighting and f-cking because what’s a rom-com if there’s no angst…
Gossip Genie, if you’re out there, if you are listening, Genie do you love me, are you riding – deliver to us this gift, we pray.
Attached – a classic photo of Winona and Keanu almost 30 years ago, in 1989, on the day they met at the Independent Spirit Awards. It’s a rom-com three decades in the making.
Yours in gossip,