Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix welcome baby named River in memory of brother, director says

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Actors Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix have welcomed their first baby, a son named River, according to director Victor Kossakovsky, who shared the news at the Zurich Film Festival this weekend.

Joaquin’s brother, River Phoenix, an actor known for his roles in “Stand By Me”, “Running on Empty” and “My Own Private Idaho”, died on October 31, 1993, at the age of 23, of drug consequences. overdose at the Viper Room in West Hollywood. Joaquin, who was 19 at the time, was with him at the time and called 911.

“In pretty much every movie that I’ve done, there was a connection to River in some way,” Phoenix told Anderson Cooper in a “60 minute” interview that aired in January.

Kossakovsky is the director of “Gunda”, a film produced by Phoenix that has no dialogue and focuses on a mother pig, or sow, named Gunda who lives on a farm in Norway, looking after her babies. The film, which was screened at the Zurich festival on Saturday, aims to “discover the secret world of animal feelings,” according to the festival synopsis.

Phoenix, 45, who won the Oscar for Best Actor in February for the 2019 film “Joker” (which filmed in New Jersey), is a staunch animal rights advocate and vegan. He used his Oscar acceptance speech to talk about the topic. (“We go into the natural world and plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are undeniable. And then we take his milk, it’s intended for his calf and we put our coffee and our cereals on him. ”)

In the speech, he also quoted lyrics written by River Phoenix:

“Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow. “

Mara, 35, has been nominated for two Oscars, for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011) and “Carol” (2015). She is also a member of two sports dynasties. His family has multiple ties to the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mara, born Patricia Rooney Mara, grew up in Bedford, New York and first came to prominence after being the girlfriend of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” (2010). She has had a relationship with Phoenix, her co-star in the 2013 film “Her”, since 2016. They have also appeared together in the films “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” and “Mary Magdalene (Mara played Mary Magdalene and Phoenix played Jesus Christ), both released in 2018.

The couple got engaged in 2019. News that Mara was pregnant first surfaced in May.

Mara’s dad, Chris Mara, is the Giants’ senior vice president of player personnel. John Mara, his uncle, is the co-owner, president and CEO of the Giants, and his grandfather, Wellington Mara, was co-owner of the team until his death in 2005. His great-grandfather, Tim Mara, founded the Giants, and his other great-grandfather, Art Rooney Sr., founded the Steelers. Rooney Mara’s cousin Art Rooney II currently owns the Steelers. Mara’s great-uncle Dan Rooney was the owner, president and chairman of the Steelers and a former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland during the Obama administration.

Mara’s sister, Kate Mara, 37, is also an accomplished actress, nominated for an Emmy for her role in 2013 in “House of Cards.” She starred in “Fantastic Four” (2015) as Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman and in “Chappaquiddick” (2017) as Mary Jo Kopechne, the campaign worker from Berkeley Heights who died in a car crash in 1969 when the Senator Ted Kennedy is gone. a bridge after a party on Chappaquiddick Island. Kopechne who was one of Robert F. Kennedy’s Boiler Room Girls during his presidential race in 1968.

Mara also appeared in the TV series “Pose” in 2018. In 2019, she welcomed her first child, a daughter, with actor Jamie Bell, 34.

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Amy Kuperinsky can be contacted at [email protected].

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