Keanu Reeves

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Feature, Heritage Months

Keanu Reeves was born in 1964 and is a Canadian actor, director, producer and musician. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Reeves is part Hawaiian and Chinese (father’s family). He also has English, Irish, and Portuguese descent. Keanu started his acting career at the age of 9 when he appeared in Damn Yankees. At 15, he played Mercutio in the play Romeo and Juliet. When he was 17, he dropped out of high school, obtained a green card, and went to live with his dad in Los Angeles.
His first hit major success in the late 80’s with films like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) along with it’s sequel Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991). Keanu Reeves big break out film was Speed (1994). In 1999, Reeves struck gold again with The Matrix. He is a motorcyclist and co-founded Arch Motorcycles, which builds and sells custom motorcycles.

So yeah, Keanu Reeves is a pretty interesting guy. He is the type of guy you wouldn’t want to mess with too. He’s so cool that if you say Keanu super fast: it sounds like canoe. And don’t mess with his dog, because he’s also John Wick!

Dwayne Johnson

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Feature, Heritage Months

Since it is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a few of us at LNN figured it was only right to honor one of the most prolific figures in Pacific American history, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.  Dwayne Johnson was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California to Ata Johnson and Rocky Johnson. He spent his early years of his life moving all around the world. He briefly lived in New Zealand with his mother’s family. He eventually moved back to the United States where he attended Sheperd Glen Elementary School and Hamden Middle School in Hamden, Connecticut. Later , he attended President William McKinley High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, Glencliff High School in Nashville Tennessee, and McGavock High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. While in high school, Johnson was a standout football player racking up offers from Division I colleges. Ultimately, he decided to commit to the University of Miami Florida. He played defensive tackle in college and was part of the 1991 Miami National Championship team. However, due to multiple injuries throughout his career, he was replaced by future NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp. In 1995, Johnson graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of General Studies in criminology and physiology. He had a brief stint with Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, however that only lasted about two months before being cut by the team. After he realized that football was not the path for him, he decided to set foot into professional wrestling. He managed to get veteran wrestler Pat Patterson to schedule him a few tryout matches for the WWF in 1996. After that, it was history, Dwayne Johnson ended up being one of the most famous wrestlers of all time. Now, this may not even be his biggest trademark, his acting is what most people know him for. His first appearance on television was in 1999 when he and his father starred on an episode of That 70’s Show. After that his acting career skyrocketed with roles in movies such as Hercules, Fast and Furious, Moana, and much much more. I believe that it is safe to say that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is one of the most influential figures for not only Pacific Americans but for everyone.
After he realized that football was not the path for him, he decided to set foot into professional wrestling. He managed to get veteran wrestler Pat Patterson to schedule him a few tryout matches for the WWF in 1996. After that, it was history, Dwayne Johnson ended up being one of the most famous wrestlers of all time. Now, this may not even be his biggest trademark, his acting is what most people know him for. His first appearance on television was in 1999 when he and his father starred on an episode of That 70’s Show. After that his acting career skyrocketed with roles in movies such as Hercules, Fast and Furious, Moana, and much much more. I believe that it is safe to say that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is one of the most influential figures for not only Pacific Americans but for everyone.

Jason Momoa

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Heritage Months

It is Asian- Pacific- American Heritage Month! You might know Jason Momoa from his recent movie Aquaman, as well as other films like Justice League, Superman vs Batman, or Frontier. He also stars in TV shows such as Game of Thrones, Stargate Atlantis, and Red Road.
Jason Momoa was born on August 1, 1979, in Nanakuli, Honolulu, Hawaii, but was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his mother, who is of German, Irish, and Native American descent, and his father, a Native Hawaiian.

Jason Momoa went to college after high school and majored in marine biology before switching to wildlife biology. Later, fashion designers Eric Chandler and Takeo Kobayashi encouraged his modeling career. At the age of 19, Jason Momoa worked at a part-time job in a surf shop before he was cast in a action, drama series Baywatch Hawaii. Later in June of 2014, he was reported to have been cast as Aquaman. He first made his appearance as Aquaman in the superhero movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, after he played the leading role in 2017 ensemble the film Justice League. Then, he started his solo film Aquaman later released in 2018, and received a role in the new movie The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Jason Momoa still acts and was recently cast as Duncan Idaho in the upcoming film Dune. Congrats Jason Momoa!