Rooney Mara is pregnant, expecting first child with Joaquin Phoenix

Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are expecting their first child together, a source exclusively confirmed to Page Six.

The very private pair have been keeping a low profile during the pandemic and have been quarantining at their home in Los Angeles. The source tells us that Mara, who has recently been spotted wearing baggy clothes to cover her bump, may be as far as six months along in her pregnancy.

Meanwhile, reps for both Mara, 35, and Phoenix, 45, have refused to respond to numerous requests for comment from Page Six.

The couple originally met on the set of Spike Jonze film the film “Her,” but did not begin dating until they were reunited on the set of the film “Mary Magdalene.” Page Six exclusively revealed when he was playing Jesus and she starred as Mary Magdalene in the 2018 movie. They moved in together to a home in the Hollywood Hills.

Phoenix admitted to Vanity Fair in October 2019 that he was initially convinced that Mara “despised” him. Eventually, he realized that the “Carol” star was interested in him but was too shy to express it.

“She’s the only girl I ever looked up on the internet,” Phoenix explained. “We were just friends, email friends. I’d never done that. Never looked up a girl online.”

In July 2019, Mara became engaged to “The Joker” star Phoenix. Rumors of their potential engagement had swirled for months when Rooney was spotted numerous times wearing an engagement ring.

Phoenix and Mara have been spotted out and about in Los Angeles, where she was seen visiting her sister Kate Mara, and the couple was also seen stopping at a gas station.

While Hollywood remains on lockdown, Disney has just halted Mara’s latest film, “Nightmare Alley.” The remake of the 1947 classic, directed by Guillermo del Toro, joins a slew of Disney’s other live-action films which have had their productions paused. A rep for the Walt Disney Co. confirmed that they will “continue to assess the situation and restart as soon as feasible.”

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Dairy farmer schools Joaquin Phoenix after Oscars anti-milk tirade: ‘We feed the world … and what do you do?’


 

A Wisconsin dairy farmer is hitting back after Joaquin Phoenix bashed the dairy industry during his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the Oscars Sunday night, WISN-TV reported.

Tom Oberhaus, who has a degree in dairy science from Ohio State University and previously served as a director on the Waukesha County Farm Bureau, said he didn’t watch the Oscars and didn’t even know who Phoenix was until news of the speech circulated among dairy farmers like him.

“I think that we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world,” Phoenix said in his scattered remarks about injustice, love, and various other subjects. “We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal,” he added.

That didn’t sit well with Oberhaus, who was quick to point out that Phoenix was speaking from ignorance.

“We just wave it off and go, ‘Hey, ding-dong, you don’t have any idea what’s going on here at the farm,'” Oberhaus said. “I mean I’d love it if he’d come out here for a couple hours — that would be awesome. That’s an invite, Mr. Phoenix. C’mon out. See what life is like on the farm.”

But Oberhaus wasn’t done there. He went on to throw a barb of his own at the Hollywood actor for letting his ignorance turn into self-righteous judgment.

“You know, we feel we have real important jobs in the world, we help feed the world. It’s kind of important that people have food to eat. And what do you do, Mr. Phoenix? Oh yeah, you entertain people. OK,” he said shrugging.

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Joaquin Phoenix TIES himself to Tower Bridge and urges Brits to ‘go vegan’ hours before BAFTA win | Daily Mail Online

Joaquin Phoenix took to the streets of London in a bid to urge Londoners to embrace a vegan lifestyle as he protested on behalf of animal rights on Sunday.

The 45-year-old screen star, who just hours later would scooped the coveted Leading Actor trophy at the EE British Academy Film Awards, also tied himself to the city landmark Tower Bridge as he joined forces with activist group Animal Equality.

Showing his commitment to the cause, the Hollywood actor joined fellow protesters as they unfurled a huge 390 square-foot banner over the bridge, which read: ‘Factory farming is destroying our planet. Go vegan.’

Protest: Joaquin Phoenix tied himself to London’s landmark Tower Bridge on Sunday, as he joined animal rights activists on the streets of the English capital

Further sharing his views on the matter, he said: ‘I think we have a personal responsibility to take action right now and one way that we can mitigate climate change is by adjusting our consumption and by going plant-based.

‘I feel sometimes like it s not being talked about enough. So I’m just encouraging people to learn more about eating plant-based and to make a difference to make whatever personal impact they can on the climate emergency.’

To further drive the message home, Joaquin joined the activists in holding placards, which showed the impacts of animal agriculture on the environment and climate.

Speaking out: Hours before attending the BAFTAs, the star joined Animal Equality in protest

Vegan: The star also urged Londoners to go vegan as he took part in the public demonstration

Message: The group unfurled a huge 390 square-foot banner by the bridge, which read: ‘Factory farming is destroying our planet. Go vegan’

Placards: To further drive the message home, Joaquin joined the activists in holding placards, which showed the impacts of animal agriculture on the environment and climate

The star, who has been a vegan since the age of three, also mingled with the locals, handing out leaflets and speaking with passersby about the plant-based diet.

Within hours, he switched out of his black hoodie to throw on a tuxedo for the BAFTAs, where he condemned ‘systemic racism’ as he accepted his trophy for his widely lauded efforts in Joker. 

Appearing downcast as he took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the star said: ‘I feel very honoured and privileged to be here tonight. BAFTAs have always been very supportive of my career and I’m deeply appreciative.

Lifelong commitment: The Hollywood screen star has been a vegan since the age of three

Now: Joaquin said, ‘We have a personal responsibility to take action right now and one way that we can mitigate climate change is by adjusting our consumption and by going plant-based’

Conversations: Sharing his reasons for stepping out for the demonstration, the star explained, ‘I feel sometimes like it s not being talked about enough’

Climate: He added, ‘I’m just encouraging people to learn more about eating plant-based and to make a difference to make whatever personal impact they can on the climate emergency’

‘But I hate to say I also feel conflicted, because so many of my fellow actors don’t have that same privilege. I think we send a very clear message to people of colour that you’re not welcome here.

‘I think that’s the message we have contributed so much to our medium and our industry. I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, this is not a self-righteous condemnation.

‘I have not done everything in my power to ensure the stuff that I worked on are inclusive. We have to do the hard to work to truly understand systemic racism.

Branded: The actor and his fellow activists were donned black branded tops for the protest

Harsh: Some of the images showed the gruesome conditions that animals were forced to live in

Landmarks: A number of London landmarks were visible as they stood above the River Thames

View: They eventually placed their banner over the edge of Tower Bridge for passersby to see

‘I think that it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuated and benefited from the system of oppression that dismantle it, and that’s on us. Thank you.’ 

The actor also made a statement of a personal nature at the prestigious awards ceremony, when he arrived wearing his recycled Stella McCartney tuxedo.

He cut a dapper figure as he hit the red carpet in his black ensemble of choice, which was teamed with a crisp white shirt bow tie, after vowing to re-wear his suit to all awards shows as part of his eco-friendly message.

Hollywood actor Joaquin has been the driving force between the 2020 awards season’s green initiative. 

Snap decision: As he shared his message, Joaquin also stopped to pose for pictures with fans

Meeting the locals: The star mingled with the locals, handing out leaflets and speaking with passersby about the plant-based diet

Green: Joaquin has been the driving force between the 2020 awards season’s green initiative

Dedicated: Joaquin proved that he was dedicated to the cause, as he left last month’s SAG Awards festivities early to attend a vigil for pigs at an Los Angeles slaughterhouse

According to Variety the actor pushed the Hollywood Foreign Press, who are behind the Golden Globes, to opt for a meat- and dairy-less meal at this month’s ceremony.

He used his acceptance speech for the Best Actor gong to praise the move, telling the crowd: ‘I would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognising and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change.

‘It’s a very bold move, making tonight plant-based.’

Joaquin proved that he was dedicated to the cause, as he left last month’s SAG Awards festivities early to attend a vigil for pigs at an Los Angeles slaughterhouse. 

Glitzy gala: Within hours, he attended the BAFTAs, where he condemned ‘systemic racism’ as he accepted his trophy for his widely lauded efforts in Joker

Award winner: The screen star received his trophy from award-winning actress Olivia Colman

Speech: The star made profound speech as he accepted his award at the star-studded gala

Emotional: He appeared to be overcome with emotion as he addressed the well-heeled crowd

Joaquin Phoenix TIES himself to Tower Bridge and urges Brits to ‘go vegan’ hours before BAFTA win

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People Furious After Wendy Williams ‘Mocks’ Joaquin Phoenix’s Cleft Lip

People Furious After Wendy Williams Mocks Joaquin Phoenix's Cleft LipPA/The Wendy Williams Show/Fox Broadcasting Comapny/BET

Joaquin Phoenix has been everywhere in recent months after his fantastic performance in Joker, and while most have nothing but great things to say about him, TV presenter Wendy Williams has made some questionable remarks about the actor.

While presenting her TV programme The Wendy Williams Show, the 55-year-old started speaking about Phoenix’s appearance.

Initially commenting on his ‘piercing eyes’, Williams went onto comment on his scar above his lip, which she says is more noticeable when the actor is without facial hair.

Wendy WiliamsThe Wendy Williams Show/Fox Broadcasting Company/BET

She describes Phoenix as having a ‘hairline fracture’, before asking what a cleft palate is and appearing to mimic what one looks like.

Doing an impression of a cleft palate on television probably isn’t the best idea, but to make things worse Williams then continues to hold her lip in an exaggerated position for a further few moments.

Talking to the audience, the TV presenter says she finds Joaquin’s unique features ‘very attractive’, and then stares into the audience while still holding up her lip in the cleft position, to which the audience awkwardly laughs.

You can watch the clip here: 

Phoenix was born with the scar and has never undergone any surgery. It’s said that the award winning actor has a micro cleft – which is the mildest form of a cleft palate – and looks just like a scar on his upper lip.

While the audience may have laughed, the joke has gone down like a lead balloon on social media, with some demanding an apology from the TV host.

British TV personality Carol Vorderman, who has over 420,000 followers on Twitter, expressed how she’s ‘disgusted’ with what Williams did.

The tweet read: 

As Ambassador for Cleft Lip and Palate Association @CLAPACOMMUNITY I really am disgusted by this @wendywilliams. Mimicing a cleft lip, and making a joke about it, is disgraceful. Have you any idea the pain and operations a child with cleft must go through as they grow? Please RT [sic]

As Ambassador for Cleft Lip and Palate Association @CLAPACOMMUNITY I really am disgusted by this @wendywilliams.. Mimicing a cleft lip, and making a joke about it, is disgraceful. Have you any idea the pain and operations a child with cleft must go through as they grow? Please RT https://t.co/bINZItpWgI

— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) January 9, 2020

A parent of a child with a cleft palate also tweeted their anger about Williams’ actions.

Their tweet said: 

Hey @WendyWilliams, a public apology to the cleft community is in order. Coming from the father of a beautiful son born with cleft lip/palate, if you had to experience what we have watching our son go through everything he has, you wouldnt be so quick to make fun of this.[sic]

Hey @WendyWilliams, a public apology to the cleft community is in order. Coming from the father of a beautiful son born with cleft lip/palate, if you had to experience what we have watching our son go through everything he has, you wouldnt be so quick to make fun of this. pic.twitter.com/OcnIcxJVzw

— Adam Singletary (@adam_singletary) January 8, 2020

Williams is yet to comment on about what was said and has since tweeted about things unrelated to the incident.

A Change.org petition has since been launched, titled ‘Get Wendy Williams Fired’ after her comments on the show. At the time of writing, more than 9,000 have signed it.

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Joaquin Phoenix grants Anderson Cooper a rare interview on 60 Minutes – CBS News

If all you know about Joaquin Phoenix is the parts he’s played, you might think he’d be aloof, maybe even disturbed. During his nearly four decades as an actor, dark, complicated characters have become something of a trademark. His most recent role is the mentally ill clown Arthur Fleck who becomes a deranged killer in “Joker.” It’s a daring, and complex performance that’s earned Phoenix critical acclaim, controversy, and talk of a fourth Oscar nomination at just 45 years old. Phoenix has a reputation for being difficult in interviews, and we weren’t sure what to expect when we met him in Los Angeles. What we found was a shy, wry, welcoming actor who wasn’t entirely sure he wanted to talk with us at all.

Anderson Cooper: Do you like being interviewed? ‘Cause it doesn’t seem like, from other interviews I’ve read, that you like it.

Joaquin Phoenix: It’s alright. But it’s not something– if I had, like, the choice of, like, four different activities, I don’t think (LAUGH) it’d be one that I would choose.

Anderson Cooper: This– this would not be one of them?

Joaquin Phoenix: No. Um.

Anderson Cooper: One person we talked to who– who knows you says that– you’re a wonderful actor and a terrible movie star. Is that–

Joaquin Phoenix: Who is this person? I– (UNINTEL)

Anderson Cooper: I’m– but I’m not gonna say.

Joaquin Phoenix: Oh, please, you’d be interested– (LAUGH) What does that mean?

Anderson Cooper: It means that you’re not interested in the trappings of being a movie star. You don’t have an assistant. You– you’re not on social media.

Joaquin Phoenix: Well, hold on. B–

Anderson Cooper: And– and you’re not in a– living in a mega mansion somewhere and driving, you know, Lamborghinis around.

Joaquin Phoenix: Um, the Lamborghini’s in the shop.

Unlike many actors, Phoenix isn’t surrounded by an entourage, just his two curious dogs, Soda and Oscar. He leads a relatively quiet life in the Hollywood Hills, unexceptional except for the fact he’s widely considered one of the most talented actors of his generation.

He’s played Jesus. And Johnny Cash. A cunning emperor in “Gladiator” and a struggling loner in “The Master.”

Joaquin phoenix has appeared in more than 30 films. And has already received three oscar nominations. They say success breeds confidence, but phoenix is still plagued by self doubt.

Anderson Cooper: Do you get nervous?

Joaquin Phoenix: Yeah, yeah, absolutely.

Anderson Cooper: On a set?

Joaquin Phoenix: Yes, petrified.

Anderson Cooper: What are you petrified about? I mean, you’re– you’ve been doing this for 30-plus years.

Joaquin Phoenix: Yeah. There are so many things that I want to express, like, when I take on a role. And I go through the script I– just, like, full of ideas. And so I guess I’m just nervous that I’m not gonna be able to– to find the right kinda space to express that.

He’s been known to get testy when asked about his acting process. We tried anyway.

Joaquin Phoenix: It’s difficult to talk about because I don’t really understand it, right? I’m just trying to articulate something for you, but I don’t–

Anderson Cooper: Isn’t it the fact that you didn’t quite understand it that makes it so compelling?

Joaquin Phoenix: Yes. And it’s what makes doing interviews so frustrating, right? Because it is– there’s a certain mystery that I love and I appreciate– and I’m comfortable with. 

His characters however, are often uncomfortable to watch.

Especially his most recent role as Arthur Feck in “Joker.” Phoenix transforms from a troubled, lonely clown into a murderer. 

Joaquin Phoenix: There were times where I really felt for him. And there were times where I was disappointed and repulsed by his behavior, right? And I– I liked that.
Phoenix spent months talking through the script with his director, Todd Phillips. But the one thing he’s loathe to do is rehearse with other actors.

Joaquin Phoenix: It just– it feels impossible to me.

Anderson Cooper: What do you mean “impossible?”

Joaquin Phoenix: I don’t know, it’s– it just feels so fake.

Anderson Cooper: Mmm.

Joaquin Phoenix: I mean, the great thing about shooting a movie is shooting multiple takes, and you use editing and so you grab those best moments. So I’d rather discover those moments while we’re working, than in the rehearsal process, and then feel like, “Oh, that was really good what we did. How do we recreate that?”

Those moments he discovers while filming are often unscripted and unexpected. Like a pivotal scene in “Joker” just after he commits his first murder. The script simply called for Phoenix to hide his gun in a bathroom.

Joaquin Phoenix: It felt like the character had moved way past that. And that there– there was the– the opportunity to express something else. But I didn’t know precisely what that– what that was.

Director Todd Phillips played him some cello music that had been composed for the film. And that sparked an idea.

Joaquin Phoenix: And I thought there was some kind of, some kind of movement, that it was like some physical transformation right, metamorphosis.
As the cameras rolled, he found himself marking that metamorphosis into a killer with this haunting and macabre ballet.
 
Anderson Cooper: There is an intensity to– all the characters you’ve been playing.

Joaquin Phoenix: Yeah, which I love. I think oftentimes people feel like I identify and I’m expressing something of my own experience through the character. I think it’s the opposite. I think it’s because oftentimes the characters, have these lives and experiences that are so foreign to me that it– it breaks my heart.

That may be one of the most surprising things about Joaquin Phoenix. He is not his characters. He’s incredibly close to his family, and seems most relaxed when he’s with them.

Anderson Cooper: What was Joaquin like as a child? (LAUGH)

Joaquin Phoenix: Be very, be very careful. Be very careful with this mom–

Rain Phoenix : I think we all should answer this one at a time.

Joaquin Phoenix: Yeah, (LAUGH) From my perspective, I was a terror.

Anderson Cooper: (LAUGH) You were a terror?

Joaquin Phoenix: Yeah, but I was hoping you guys were gonna go, like, “That’s not true.”

Heart Phoenix: That is so not true!

Joaquin Phoenix: I know, thanks guys. I know. (LAUGH)

He has three sisters: Rain, Liberty and Summer. That’s his stepdad Jeffrey and his mom, Heart. If those names didn’t tip you off, the Phoenixes were a band of hippies. They had little money but deep convictions. Heart and their late father, John Lee Phoenix, homeschooled the kids and in the 1970’s they moved around constantly. For two years, they lived in Venezuela with a cult called the Children of God. 

Joaquin Phoenix: Yeah they obviously don’t advertise themselves as a cult or else nobody would join, right? So it seemed like it was this community.

Anderson Cooper: You really did not have much of anything. Is that fair to say–

Heart Phoenix: We were ministers. We were just living on the road and we– shared our truth and we would get donations.
But by 1977, they say they’d grown disillusioned with the cult and moved back to the U.S., eventually settling in Los Angeles with no money and no real plan. The Phoenix kids started performing on the streets. That’s 7-year-old Joaquin on the right. Next to him, his older brother River Phoenix.

River was the first to get into acting and became a star in the hit film stand by me.

Joaquin was ten when he landed his big break on an episode of “Hill Street Blues.”

Anderson Cooper: What do you remember about it?

Joaquin Phoenix: I remember that– are you guys gonna play the scene on this thing? And then I’m gonna answer it and it’s gonna be–

Anderson Cooper: You know what? (LAUGH) Television is a visual medium. So, I mean–

Joaquin Phoenix: My memory is that. I felt like my entire body was buzzing. There was a certain kind of– power that, right? I was in a room full of adults, and I felt that– I had, like– affected them. Like, I– I had– I had changed how they were feeling. 

Anderson Cooper: We’ll, you punched one of them.

Joaquin Phoenix: Well– (LAUGH) it wasn’t–

Anderson Cooper: I’m sure you changed how she was feeling.

Joaquin Phoenix: –it wasn’t real. It wasn’t real, Anderson.

 

As a teenager, Joaquin became surprisingly picky about the roles he took and didn’t act much. His brother, River Phoenix, had become a household name and, at 18, was nominated for an Oscar. But in 1993, it all ended. River Phoenix died of a drug overdose outside a Hollywood club. Joaquin and Rain Phoenix were with him. He was just 23. The family has rarely spoken about his death publicly.

Joaquin Phoenix: We were so removed from kind of the entertainment world. We didn’t watch entertainment shows. We didn’t have the entertainment magazines in our house. You know, w– I mean, River was a really substantial actor and movie star, and we didn’t really know it. And so during that time in which you’re most vulnerable, there are helicopters flying over. There are people that are trying to sneak onto your land. Certainly, for me, it felt like it impeded on the mourning process, right?

Heart Phoenix: The grieving process happens out of nowhere, you know? I’ll be driving and all of a sudden, I will feel it. And I’ll just welcome it

Anderson Cooper: Even now?

Heart Phoenix: Oh yeah, I mean–

Anderson Cooper: There’s no timeline for grief–

Heart Phoenix: –I mean, there is no timeline or no place where, you know. It just happens. And I– and I welcome it.

The family has found creative ways to honor River’s life.

His sister Rain, a musician, just released an album dedicated to river and the family runs a non-profit organization named after him that works on social justice issues and conflict resolution. Joaquin says he’s felt his brother’s presence throughout his career, which has been wildly successful and often unconventional.

A decade ago, Joaquin made a fake documentary about his own life called “I’m Still Here.”

It was meant as a critique of fame and as part of the film, he announced he was quitting acting to become a rapper.

It was all an act, but hardly anyone knew. Phoenix kept up the facade in public for more than a year. You may remember this disastrous appearance with David Letterman.

David Letterman: You’re not going to act anymore?

Joaquin Phoenix: No.

David Letterman:  Why is that?

Joaquin Phoenix: Hmm, I don’t know. I mean.

[LAUGHTER]

David Letterman:  So you have given it some thought.

There were rumors he was on drugs or having a breakdown. The film was a flop, but Phoenix says it made him a better actor. Less afraid to make mistakes.

Joaquin Phoenix: I think what I didn’t know is how much it would impact and influence my career as an actor.

Anderson Cooper: What is the impact?

Joaquin Phoenix: There’s something liberating about public humiliation.

Anderson Cooper: So, to go through that sort of crucible is freeing in a way?

Joaquin Phoenix: Yeah, I mean, look– can’t get much worse, right?

Far from it. “Joker” has brought in more than a billion dollars so far and is the highest grossing R-rated movie of all time. Success fueled in part by controversy. Some people thought the film glorified a killer. Others saw it as a case study of mental illness, and society’s failures to address it.

Joaquin Phoenix: I’ve described it as, like, a Rorschach Test. It says something about the person viewing it and what they think that it’s about. That’s really rare for a film to kind of have that effect on people. So in some ways, I welcomed it.

Phoenix is already working on another film. When we last saw him, it was one of his few moments of downtime and he was more than ready to see us leave. 

Anderson Cooper: So when you’re not working what do you– what do you do? I mean, do you like having time off?

Joaquin Phoenix: I do. Yeah, I love it. I feel very comfortable with time off. What do I do? I– I think I do normal things. I like to cook. I really don’t want to talk about what I do.

Anderson Cooper: Ok, fine, fine.
Joaquin Phoenix: You know what I mean, because I just feel like I go like ‘I like to cook, I like to go see movies with my girlfriend.’ And I just go like. But I mean I– I– you know, I think I have very basic, like, needs.

Anderson Cooper: Yeah, never mind, I don’t care.

Joaquin Phoenix: Even better. (LAUGHTER) 

Produced by Nichole Marks and David M. Levine. Associate producer, Jacqueline Kalil. Edited by Craig Crawford.

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