Keanu Reeves self-identifies as a person of color, but he tells Essence that he does not see himself as a “spokesperson” for Asian actors in the Hollywood community.

However, the Canadian-born Reeves, who grew up around Chinese culture thanks to his grandmother, isn’t disowning his heritage either.

Reeves explained: “I hope that whatever opportunities I’ve had, or the work that I’m doing, in some way can entertain and can also—I don’t want to say teach—but have something of value come out of it.” 

Reeves has enjoyed considerable success, and currently stars in the franchise John Wick. Director Chad Stahelski, for one, sees the impact Reeves casting has had on the franchise. He had this to say: the series is “fortunate to have the following we do, and have it resonate so well—with not just one demographic of an audience—to have it [resonate] cross-culturally…as well as internationally.”

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, also starring Halle Berry and Laurence Fishburn, lands in theaters Friday.