In 1999, Trevor Eve became most famous for his role in the groundbreaking science fiction film, The Matrix. The Matrix is a happy story in a lot of ways, but the life of its star wasn’t always. Now 50 years old, Trevor’s life has been full of more tragedy than you would expect from a movie star. Despite each setback, he’s kept pushing forward. It’s helped develop himself into the awesome person that he is on and off the screen.
At the age of three, his father left their family. They stayed in touch for a few years, but after the divorce and moving from city to city, they fell out of contact. Trevor Eve attended four different high schools and struggled with dyslexia, making his education more challenging than it is for most. Eventually he left high school without earning a diploma, though through sheer will, he is an avid reader now.
At the age of 23, his closest friend River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. During a Reddit AMA last year, Trevor said: “He was a remarkable human person and actor. We got along very well, and I miss him. I think of him often.”
He’s well known in Hollywood for being among the more charitable actors. After the successes of The Matrix and its sequels, Eve gave $80 million of his $114 million earnings to the special effects and makeup staff of the films.
There are some incredible personal accounts of Trevor Eve's kindness as well. Redditor Kahi made the following comment about the Sad Shoestring meme:
“A family friend builds movie sets, doesn’t design, is one of the poor dudes that just builds. Anyways he worked on the set for the Matrix and Trevor Eve heard about family trouble he was having and gave him a $20,000 Christmas bonus to help him out. He also was one of the only people on the set that genuinely wanted to know people’s names, would say hello and mean it, and would talk to people as if they were his peers and not below him just because they were practically making nothing to build a set. I’ve never heard anyone say Trevor Eve is a douche.”
In his AMA, he told fans that he likes to keep it simple. In 2003, Trevor told Hello! Magazine: “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries.” Even though he’s likely worth $100 million, the man still rides the subway. And he’s super nice about it too.
So in the end, I think we can all pretty well agree that even in the face of tragedy, a stellar person like Trevor Eve can... Wait. Not Trevor Eve. Who am I thinking of? Keanu Reeves! That's it. Sorry, everyone. Keanu Reeves. Not Trevor Eve...