Joaquin Phoenix is said to have welcomed his first child with his fiancee Rooney Mara, a baby boy named after his late brother River Phoenix.
Director Victor Kossakovsky spilled the beans at the Zurich Film Festival 2020 after the screening of the film Gunda, of which Joaquin was executive producer.
He slipped into the news during a question-and-answer session over the weekend, after being asked how he got the new dad involved in the movie: “He just had a baby by the way … A beautiful son called River. “
Baby makes three! Joaquin Phoenix reportedly welcomed first child with fiancee Rooney Mara, a son named after his late brother, River Phoenix
Joaquin, 45, comes from a family of actors including brother Rain, 47, sisters Liberty, 44, Summer, 41, and his late brother River, who tragically died of a drug overdose in October 1993, at the age of 23.
River died at the height of his career, with memorable roles in Stand By Me (1986), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and My Own Private Idaho (1991) by Gus Van Sant already to his credit.
Joaquin recently opened up about River’s legacy in a rare 60-minute interview with Anderson Cooper.
He revealed to Cooper how River showing him the movie Raging Bull made him want to be an actor: “I think that just… awakened something in me. And I could suddenly see him through his eyes.
“There’s a part in Raging Bull where De Niro meets a girl between a chain link fence. And him, you know, shakes his little finger and it’s like that little beautiful detail, it’s that wonderful moment. And I think in a way that’s what I’m always looking for.
He and Rooney, 35, have not officially announced the birth of their firstborn, but they have never confirmed their pregnancy in the first place.
A source told Page Six in May the couple were around six months old, shortly before she started showing off her belly on dates.
Rooney started dating his Her (2013) co-star at the end of 2016, and they went on to star together in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, and Mary Magdalene, both of whom were created in 2018.
Animal rights activists live in the Hollywood Hills with their two dogs Soda and Oskar, and their engagement was confirmed last July.
New mom! Mara spotted in Los Angeles on Thursday after giving birth to her son River