“She despises me”, first thinks Joaquin Phoenix when he met Rooney Mara, on the set of Her (2013). He will discover over time that she was just “shy”. Usually very discreet about his life as a couple, the interpreter of the Joker – who won the trophy for best actor in a dramatic film – and the heroine of Carol (2015) nevertheless offered themselves a rare public appearance on the red carpet of the Oscars, in Hollywood, on Sunday, February 9. Joaquin Phoenix won the best actor trophy there. A month earlier, the duo had already appeared together at the Golden Globes ceremony in Beverly Hills.
In October 2018, Joaquin Phoenix had split a rare interview on the beginnings of their romance in the columns of Vanity Fair. “She is the only woman I have ever contacted on the Internet,” he said, almost candid. We were only friends, the kind who exchange emails. I had never done that. Never contacted a woman on the Internet. ”
A rebellious couple
Their meeting in 2013 is, first of all, a missed meeting. At the time, Rooney Mara was in a relationship with director Charlie McDowell (The Discovery) since 2010. Joaquin Phoenix has caused a scandal on the arm of DJ Allie Teilz, 19 years old. The story lasts three months, then radio silence. In 2016, the actor was proclaimed single by the tabloids. Rooney Mara, on the other hand, has not been photographed on the arm of his companion since August. The paths of the two actors (re) cross that year, in Italy, on the set of Marie Madeleine. She plays the main role, incarnates Jesus to her.
It was at this point that the duo fell “madly in love”. If the two actors manage to be discreet, an instant stolen from the balcony of a hotel room in Matera, in November 2016, betrays them somewhat. We see the couple smoking a cigarette and remaking the world. “They worked together on the films Her, Marie Madeleine, and their next project (Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (2018), by Gus Van Sant, Editor’s note), however, defend the spokespersons of the actors. They have been good friends for a long time. ”
The couple, a bit rebellious, do not facilitate their task. In January 2017, he dried the Golden Globes for the benefit of a stay together “in the desert”, reports Page Six. Only downside, the film Lion, in which Rooney Mara officiates, is in the running … in four categories. The unexpected happens on the evening of the closing of the Cannes Film Festival, May 28, 2017. She shines in her white dress Dior logo, adorned with a Peter Pan collar; charms the Croisette in a black suit and bow tie. In the Lumière Room, when he just received the prize for male interpretation for A Beautiful Day, Joaquin Phoenix fleetingly seizes the hand of his partner, then hugs him tenderly when he leaves the stage.
“In their bubble”
In September 2017, Joaquin Phoenix confides in the columns of the New york times that Rooney Mara has taken up residence at his home in his Hollywood Hills villa. Luckily, both share the same lifestyle. “They don’t like going out,” says an anonymous source. Daily Mail. They mainly like to be both. They are in their own bubble. ” Together, Joaquin and Rooney eat vegan, watch “ten hours of the documentary series The StaircaseAnd take karate lessons.
Without counting the (numerous) nocturnal exchanges: “Rooney said to me the other night,” Do you realize how many great opportunities you had? All these films? “, Says the actor of 44 years in columns of Vanity Fair. I said, “That’s right, I was so lucky,” there were so many movies I thought to myself, “I don’t know if I can have a better experience.” In short, they cultivate their secret garden, and only offer themselves rare public appearances – like August 2, at a dinner in Los Angeles, where they each sported a black and white set.
In video, Tom Hanks very moved on the stage of the Golden Globes
“A disgusting little dragon”
In May 2019, the diamond ring sported by Rooney Mara raises new questions. Would the couple be engaged? During the following summer, certain sources close to the duo confirm the event in the columns ofUs Weekly. Again, the two actors are not making waves. And continue to exchange in coded messages.
September 9, 2019 People’s Choice Award winner at the Toronto Festival, for his role as the Joker, Joaquin Phoenix pins his beauty in public: “One last thing, somewhere here, I don’t know where, is a disgusting little dragon , and I want to rip off its wings and make it a cover and sleep in it forever, he says. I love you. Thank you.”
A strange tribute to the 34-year-old actress and her role as Lisbeth Salander, who has a dragon tattooed on the body. On September 28, 2019, the couple, all dressed in black, pointed at the preview of the Joker by Todd Phillips, in Los Angeles. Arrived hand in hand, Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara exchanged knowing looks and smiles. A rare spotlight on this mysterious romance lived in the shade of the Hill.
* This article originally published on October 7, 2019 has been updated.
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