Helen Mirren said she was flattered to be mistaken for Keanu Reeves’ new love interest who’s 28 years younger than her

Helen Mirren responded to Keanu Reeves' dating rumours

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Helen Mirren responded to Keanu Reeves’ dating rumours
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  • Dame Helen Mirren said she was flattered to be confused for Keanu Reeves’ new love interest.
  • Images surfaced on Sunday of Reeves on the red carpet holding hands with 46-year-old artist Alexandra Grant, whose looks were compared to the 74-year-old Oscar-winner on Twitter.
  • “That was very flattering on me, you know, because she’s obviously lovely,” Mirren told ET.
  • Mirren has been married to director Taylor Hackford for 22 years now but has had a long-lasting friendship with Reeves which began on the set of her husband’s 1997 horror thriller, “The Devil’s Advocate.”
  • Reeves and Grant are long-time friends, and have published a number of books together.
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Dame Helen Mirren said it was “very flattering” to be confused with Keanu Reeves’ new love interest.

Reeves attended the LACMA Art + Gala on Sunday night with 46-year-old Los Angeles based artist Alexandra Grant – whose looks many people compared to the British actress who’s 28 years her senior.

Fans on Twitter were not only shocked to see the usually very private Keanu Reeves embrace a female on the red carpet – its the first time he’s done so in his entire 35-year career – but also that his new girlfriend could be the “The Queen” star.

Mirren walked her own red carpet in New York City on Wednesday night for the premiere of her new film “The Good Liar” with co-star Ian McKellan, and only had positive things to say about the case of mistaken identity.

“I saw that …” Mirren told ET about the online commotion. “That was very flattering on me, you know, because she’s obviously lovely.”

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Helen Mirren with “The Good Liar” co-star Ian McKellan.
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While Mirren may not be in a romantic relationship with Reeves (she’s been married to director Taylor Hackford for 22 years), she has nothing but respect for him saying he’s a “lovely person.”

“I do know Keanu very well. He did a film with my husband and he is just the most adorable, lovely person.”

Mirren has known the Hollywood actor ever since he starred in her husband’s 1997 horror thriller “The Devil’s Advocate.”

“She’s a lucky girl and I’m sure that he’s a lucky boy,” Mirren said.

Keanu Reeves with girlfriend Alexandra Grant at LACMA Art + Film Gala.

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Keanu Reeves with girlfriend Alexandra Grant at LACMA Art + Film Gala.
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The 55-year-old actor’s girlfriend may not be an Oscar-winner like Mirren, but she does have a few accolades of her own.

Grant is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries across the world including Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Artforum have also praised her collections.

Reeves and Grant are long-time friends with the duo previously attending public events together and even collaborated on several books. They also share the publishing house, X Artists’ Books.

Despite many people on Twitter expressing their disappointment that Reeves isn’t dating Mirren, they’re also happy to see him dating the “age-appropriate” artist.

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