It’s a Boy! Proud Parents Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara Welcome First Child River, Named after Phoenix’s Late Brother

Now these are the sorts of articles I enjoy writing, especially during such a tumultuous year:

It’s a bouncing baby boy for brand-spanking new parents Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara! The happy couple welcomed their new bundle of joy into the world by presenting him with a very special name – River, named after Joaquin’s late brother, the immensely talented actor River Phoenix.

 The news was confirmed by one of Joaquin Phoenix’s collaborators, Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky, who worked with the Oscar winning actor on the documentary Gunda.

 “He just got a baby by the way,” Kossakovsky revealed on Sunday during a discussion at the 2020 Zurich Film Festival. “A beautiful son called River.”

 The proud parents first met back in 2013 on the set of the Spike Jonze film, Her and began a romantic relationship shortly thereafter, taking their private lives public only in 2017 where they walked the red carpet at the fabled Cannes Film Festival. Mara, 35, an Oscar nominated actor (for 2012’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and 2016’s Carol) and Phoenix, 45, an Oscar winner (for 2019’s Joker) always march about a mile of the beaten path to their own respective Ringo Starr and- because of their penchant for the offbeat both on and off the set of their Hollywood films – just seem to make sense with one another. “She’s the only girl I ever looked up on the internet,” an obviously smitten Phoenix revealed to Vanity Fair in November of 2019 about Mara.

 The naming of their first child as River has deep significance for Phoenix, as he enjoyed a close and loving relationship with his older brother who was instrumental in igniting his younger sibling’s passion for acting, telling him at one point that he would become even more well-known than he was at the time.

“When I was 15 or 16 my brother River came home from work and he had a VHS copy of a movie called Raging Bull and he sat me down and made me watch it,” the actor emotionally recalled during his acceptance speech last year at the Toronto International Film Festival for the film Joker. “And the next day he woke me up, and he made me watch it again. And he said, ‘You’re going to start acting again, this is what you’re going to do.’ He didn’t ask me, he told me. And I am indebted to him for that because acting has given me such an incredible life.” High words of belief and praise indeed from an Oscar nominated actor himself (for Sidney Lumet’s superlative Running on Empty) who, acting and environmental-wise, was one of the leading voices of the late 80s, early 90s Generation X. Sadly, River Phoenix passed away in 1993 at the impossibly young age of 23.

 We here at Vents Magazine send best wishes to the Phoenix family during this very happy time.

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