Joaquin Phoenix has kept his relationship history fairly private over the years, making his romance with Rooney Mara—who may or may not be his wife—all the more intriguing. Has the eccentric Beau is Afraid actor found his quirky leading-lady for life?
Here is everything to know about Joaquin Phoenix’s relationship with his one-time co-star and fellow vegan, Rooney Mara.
Who is Joaquin Phoenix's wife?
Several reports have come out that Joaquin Phoenix has secretly married Rooney Mara, his romantic partner of seven years. Phoenix and Mara have yet to confirm their marriage, but in a March 2022 interview with Italian Magazine Best Movie about the film C’mon C’mon, Phoenix referred to the Oscar-nominated actress as his wife, saying, “He [director Mike Mills] invited me to his house and we started discussing why he wanted to make this film with me and eventually I listened to my wife, who is always right, and I agreed."
While this reference isn’t ironclad proof that the two have tied the knot, it would make sense that the couple, who got engaged in 2019, would marry with little-to-no fanfare given how private they have been about their relationship thus far.
Is Joaquin Phoenix still married?
It has been reported that Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have secretly married, largely due to a 2022 interview where the Joker actor referred to Mara as his wife. The couple has yet to confirm that they did in fact make their relationship legally binding. Whatever their relationship title, it would appear the couple is still happily together as of this writing.
Is Rooney Mara still with Joaquin Phoenix?
It would appear that Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are still together at this time. As recently as January 2023, Mara spoke about her relationship with the Gladiator actor on the LaunchLeft podcast.
"It doesn't feel like a two-actor house because I didn't work for the first three-and-a-half years we were together," Mara dished about their partnership. "Basically since we've been together, I only worked one or two times and one was really small and short. It feels like a creative household, we're constantly talking about creative things."
Are Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix engaged?
Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix first met in 2012 on the set of the movie Her, in which Mara played Phoenix’s ex-wife. However, the future couple did not enter into a romantic relationship at that time, partly due to the fact that Phoenix mistook Mara’s shyness for dislike. Still, he was immediately interested in the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress.
"She's the only girl I ever looked up on the internet," he confessed. "We were just friends, email friends. I'd never done that. Never looked up a girl online."
In 2016, the two connected romantically while co-starring in Mary Magdalene together. They have been together ever since. Mara and Phoenix got engaged in May 2019.
As of this writing, it has been reported that the pair has tied the knot as Phoenix referred to Mara as his wife in a 2022 interview. As the two have yet to confirm their marriage, we are left to wonder whether they are married or still just engaged.
What is the age difference between Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara?
Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have an 11-year age difference between them. Phoenix was born on October 28, 1974 and Mara was born on April 17, 1985. This age gap isn't actually that big by Hollywood standards.
Did Joaquin Phoenix have a baby?
Rooney Mara gave birth to her and Joaquin Phoenix’s first child, a son named River (after Phoenix’s late brother), in 2020. The child’s arrival was confirmed in September 2020 by Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky.
At the 2020 Zurich Film Festival, Kossakovsky broke the news as a way to explain Phoenix’s absence, saying, “He just got a baby, by the way, his name was … a beautiful son called River, so he cannot promote it now.”
The pregnancy was confirmed in May 2020.
Does Joaquin Phoenix have a child?
Joaquin Phoenix has one child, a son named River after his older brother, actor River Phoenix, who tragically died of a drug overdose at the age of 23 in 1993. His child’s mother is his romantic partner, actress Rooney Mara.
In a January 2023 episode of the LaunchLeft podcast, Mara opened up about motherhood. "I love it. I love it so much. I think it's the best thing in the world. I mean, it sounds so cliché when you talk about it, but things are cliché for a reason."
She continued, “I also have a very privileged life. Motherhood is very challenging, even when you have a privileged life, and I'm so lucky that I have the choice to get to be with him most of the time. That I'm like, 'Oh, I'm just going to work once a year if something feels right, and other than that, this is what I'm doing.' Most people don't have that option."
Who else has Joaquin Phoenix dated?
Though Joaquin Phoenix keeps his romantic life fairly private, he has had high-profile relationships like his current one with Rooney Mara. He dated actress Liv Tyler, his co-star from Inventing the Abbotts, from 1995 until 1998. By all accounts, the pair remain good friends.
Phoenix also had a long term relationship with South African model Topaz Page-Green from 2001 until 2005.
In 1997, Tyler opened up about her relationship with then-boyfriend Phoenix, gushing, “I fell in love with Joaquin the second I saw him.
“I didn't feel threatened or afraid of the idea to get involved with him when we were working. I just kind of knew and hoped and prayed that I would love him forever.”