Winona Ryder: “I’m not religious but I like to do movies about people who don’t believe in anything”

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

To find out more about Winona Ryder’s relationship with actor Keanu Reeves, read our interview.

According to Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves is “married under the eyes of God” — but that doesn’t mean he’s a monogamous type.

Ryder sat down with CNN’s Poppy Harlow to talk about “The Beat That My Heart Skipped,” a limited series examining the her life that she co-executive produced with Garrett Basch. The interview took place at the New York City launch party for the series in March.

Ryder, 47, and Reeves, 49, have played an onscreen couple since 1997’s “My Own Private Idaho.” The relationship has spawned 10 films, including 1995’s “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and 2001’s “The Devil and Daniel Johnston.”

Ryder, known for ’90s independent movies “Beetlejuice” and “Girl, Interrupted,” suggested she’s always been drawn to secular film.

“(I’m) not religious, but I like to do movies about people who don’t believe in anything and don’t follow any kind of rules or rituals,” she said. “I also like the violence, the world that’s flying apart and all of that.”

Ryder said she wasn’t surprised when Reeves — also known for box office successes like “The Matrix” and “Speed” — said he wanted to make a film about her.

“I don’t know what comes first — the prayer or the thinking. All those rituals take place. You’re really blessed to have someone that’s thoughtful and that is who he is,” she said.

Despite that, Ryder said she doesn’t put much stock in Reeves’ religious convictions.

“I think he’s married under the eyes of God. I don’t care if he’s a Christian. I just like how he is. I like the person he is,” she said.

Though Ryder is not wed, she has three children and two stepchildren from her first marriage to Brandon Mychal Smith.

She and Reeves have not been photographed together since 2011, but in 2017, he gushed about his two children from his second marriage to British actress Rachelle Short.

“I just think that my kids are perfect,” he told Australian TV show “The Morning Show.” “They’re such a strong testament to how great fathers are, because I have learned so much through them and that’s part of what keeps me going.”

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