Oscar Winner actor Joaquin Phoenix and his fiance actor Rooney Mara have welcomed a baby boy, their first child together. The new born baby is named after Phoenix’s late older brother, actor River Phoenix, who died in 1993 at the age of 23 of a drug overdose.
The Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky shared this news during a Q&A at the 2020 Zurich Film Festival on Sunday, post the screening of his documentary Gunda, executive produced by Phoenix. He said, “He just got a baby, by the way, his name was … a beautiful son called River, so he cannot promote it now.”
The couple had confirmed the news in May that they are expecting their first child together. The Joker actor remembered his brother River during his Oscar speech. “When he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric, he said, ‘Run to the rescue with love, and peace will follow’,”
Both the actors first met in 2016 on the sets of Mary Magdalene and then they started dating soon after and made their red carpet debut at the closing ceremony of Cannes Film Festival 2017.