Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix and fiance, Rooney Mara, have welcomed the arrival of their baby boy.
The couple has reportedly named their son after Phoenix’s late older brother, actor River Phoenix, who passed away in 1993 at the age of 23 of a drug overdose.
The actor had remembered his brother River during his Oscar speech. “When he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric, he said, ‘Run to the rescue with love, and peace will follow’,” Joaquin said at the end of his speech, giving everyone a call to action.
The news was shared by Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky during a Q&A at the 2020 Zurich Film Festival on Sunday, September 27, following a screening of the documentary Gunda, which Phoenix executive produced.
“He just got a baby, by the way, his name was … a beautiful son called River, so he cannot promote it now,” Kossakovsky said when asked about the ‘Joker’ star.
Phoenix and Mara announced their pregnancy in May 2020. The couple who got engaged in July 2019, met each other for the first time in 2016 on the sets of ‘Mary Magdalene’, in which Mara played the title role alongside Phoenix as Jesus.
They began dating right after they made their red carpet debut at the closing ceremony of Cannes Film Festival 2017.
“She’s the only girl I ever looked up on the internet,” the Oscar winner told Vanity Fair. “We were just friends, email friends. I’d never done that. Never looked a girl up online.”
While accepting his People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, the actor addressed his Her co-star in his September 2019 speech, saying, “One last thing, somewhere here, I don’t know where, is a filthy dragon, and I want to rip its wings off and fasten a blanket and sleep with it forever. I love you. Thank you.”
Even at the Golden Globes the same year, while accepting his award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama for his titular Joker role, Phoenix looked at Mara and whispered, “I love you.” He then wiped away tears.