Rare Photos From The 2000s No One Talks About

By Sophia Maddox | December 19, 2023

Keanu Reeves in Paris, 2003

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After a legitimately stunning career turn in the ‘90s where he went from playing a dumb metalhead, to an action star, and then starring in one of the most groundbreaking films ever made, Keanu’s 2000s were a little more quiet, but that’s not accidental.

After spending a year and a half filming two Matrix sequels in the early 2000s Keanu just shut down for a while. He told Rolling Stone that the physical demands of the sequels were much greater than the original and the experience drained him:

Before, we fought one at a time, and I know that they want me to do five. Which is master. That’s the real deal. If you can fight five people, that’s Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee stuff. So you need a whole other technique for that. You need a whole other level of proficiency, to be able to film close to real time and to be consistent and to have power on blows and to sell the punches.

Wouldn’t you go to Paris to relax after a work schedule like that?

A rare casting Polaroid of Doutzen Kroes from 2003

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It’s rare to see such an off the cuff photo of a model. They’re so often posed and well lit that they don’t seem like real people, they’re more like constructs. By the 2000s the era of the super model had crested, but Kroes took the world of Victoria’s Secret by storm when she was only 18 years old.

Kroes says she never wanted to be a model, but after some shots of her were sent over to Paparazzi Model Management in Amsterdam her career was jumpstarted in a major way.

Before that twist of fate she was a country girl, biking 15 miles a day to school and back from her home and hanging out with horses. It’s a long way from that to fashion week.