Actress Rooney Mara, 35, has given birth to her first child with partner Joaquin Phoenix, according to the Daily Mail. The publication shared a snippet of “Gunda” director Victor Kossakovsky revealing the news at the Zurich Film Festival. Phoenix served as executive producer of the film, which looks at the daily life of a pig and three farm animal companions: two cows and a one-legged chicken.
According to Kossakovsky, Phoenix wasn’t at the festival because of the recent birth of his son. Kossakovsky said the baby was born last month. Mara and Phoenix have reportedly named the baby River after Phoenix’s late brother who died in 1993.
The couple announced their engagement last year. And while they have kept a low profile about the pregnancy, a source confirmed in May that Mara was about six months pregnant at the time.
“Rooney is about six months along,” a source told Us Magazine in May. “Joaquin is great and has been accompanying her to appointments.”
2020 has been a big year for the couple. In February, Phoenix won his first Oscar for the lead role in Todd Phillips’ “Joker.” The outspoken animal rights activist used the award season platform to speak up for animals; he called out the dairy industry in his Oscars speech. He also paid tribute to his brother River during the speech, with a quote from a song he wrote: “Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”
Award ceremony menus went vegan as well this year as a result of Phoenix and Mara, who reportedly had a hand in convincing events like the Golden Globes to serve an exclusively plant-based menu.
Phoenix is also rumored to be negotiating reprising his role as Joker in two more films, for $50 million.