Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder May Have ‘Actually Got Married’ While Filming ‘Dracula’

August 20, 2018

The list of wild things that can happen during movie shoots is long and varied, and now we can add a new one to the list: Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves may have actually been married on the set of 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

“We actually got married in ‘Dracula,’” Ryder said during an Entertainment Weekly interview in which she and Reeves were promoting their upcoming comedy Destination Wedding. “No, I swear to God, I think we’re married in real life,” the 46-year-old star insisted.

Ryder explained the Dracula director, Francis Ford Coppola, used an authentic Romanian priest to preside over the wedding ceremony of Ryder’s character, Mina, and Reeves’ Jonathan Harker. And Winona said the whole ceremony was performed for cinematic purposes. “We shot the master and [the priest] did the whole thing. So I think we’re married.”

When Ryder asked her scene partner-possibly-turned-spouse, “Don’t you remember that? It was Valentine’s Day,” he eventually seemed to agree, “Oh my gosh, we’re married.”

Their “special day” was captured in the Dracula clip that you can see here. But before you watch it, beware: it’s disturbing and gory. Ryder’s character Mina marries Reeves’ Jonathan Harker, all the while Count Dracula kills Mina’s best friend, Lucy.

After Ryder’s claim about the marriage became public, Coppola was asked if her recollection was accurate. His answer was no less stunning. He hinted that Reeves’ and Ryder’s wedding indeed might have legally been binding! According to The Guardian, Coppola reshot the wedding scene in Los Angeles to make sure it was styled the way he wanted, and it was officiated by a real priest while in a Greek Orthodox church. “When we were all done, we realized that Keanu and Winona really are married as a result of this scene and this ceremony,” he said.

Coppola is known to go to extraordinary lengths to capture his distinct cinematic visions, and it seems he may have gone a bit too far in this one. But his work was rewarded; the gothic film went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards–winning three for the detailed attention given to costumes, sound editing, and makeup. 

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the couple must individually proclaim, before the assembly, that they have come with their own free will, without constraints or prior commitment, to be joined by God as husband and wife. The wedding crowns symbolize that the couple is “the King and Queen of their home which they rule with wisdom, justice, and integrity,” as well as symbolizing the mutual self-sacrifice that spouses will experience in marriage. The priest ends with, “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.”

In the Dracula movie clip, Mina and Jonathan can be seen sipping from a cup. In a traditional wedding, a cup of sweet wine is blessed and shared by the couple as a sign of their life together, a sharing of their “joys and sorrows, successes and failures, hopes and fears.”

Well, if a real priest was used to capture an authentic traditional Orthodox wedding, and the entire religious ceremony was performed and–let’s just say for the sake of argument–Winona and Keanu were indeed spiritually married … it’s fair to say they’ve not taken their vows very seriously!

All these years later, you can see Ryder and Reeves together again on the silver screen in Destination Wedding. Their socially awkward and miserable characters have to spend a weekend together because they were both invited to the same wedding. The film will be in theaters on August 31.

“Winona is a lovely person and a talented actress,” Reeves once told People. “I think we make a good couple.”

God only knows how many more movies are in store for the two actors–or what else their future may hold!

Check out the acting duo’s onscreen chemistry here.