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Joaquin Phoenix & Rooney Mara Talk About Their Baby Son for First Time In Op-Ed

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are opening up about their baby son for the first time in a new essay.

The longtime couple wrote an op-ed for People magazine, focusing on the migrant children whose parents are unable to be located.

“Like many, we were pained to realize that despite falling out of the headlines, the policy of family separation continues to damage children and parents across the world, more than two years after it was ruled illegal by a federal judge,” they wrote.

“As new parents, it’s unbearable to imagine what it would feel like to have our child taken away from us for a day, let alone years. But that’s the very situation those 545 children and their parents have been living through,” Rooney and Joaquin continued. “As Americans, it’s our responsibility to continue paying attention to the plight of these families and get answers for why they still have not been located.”

They continued, “We have to ask ourselves: Is this the country that we want? Are these our values? How will it feel to explain to our son, when he asks us about this time and how we treated scared, defenseless children, some of whom may never see their parents again?”

“For the sake of our nation’s character, I hope we will be able to tell him that America unequivocally rejected this cruelty and demanded that our representatives did everything in their power to find those missing parents.”

It was revealed that Rooney and Joaquin had welcomed their son, named River, in September.

Find out the inspiration about behind the newborn’s name here…

Joaquin Phoenix Named His Newborn Son After His Late Brother River Phoenix

Grab your tissues, because this news about Joaquin Phoenix‘s newborn son is going to make you emotional!

The 45-year-old Oscar-winning actor just welcomed his first child into the world with longtime love Rooney Mara and they named their son after someone very special.

Joaquin and Rooney‘s newborn child is reportedly named River, after his late brother River Phoenix, who passed away in 1993 from a drug overdose.

Director Victor Kossakovsky revealed the happy baby news at the 2020 Zurich Film Festival over the weekend during a Q&A session with the audience following a screening of Gunda. Joaquin is an executive producer on the film.

“He just got a baby, by the way, his name was … a beautiful son called River, so he cannot promote it now,” Victor said while explaining Joaquin‘s absence from the screening.

Congrats to the happy couple!

Click through the gallery for photos of Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara together through the years…

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Rooney Mara & Joaquin Phoenix Welcome First Child Together

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are first time parents!

According to director Victor Kossakovsky, the couple welcomed a son just last month and have named him River.

Victor revealed the happy baby news during the 2020 Zurich Film Festival over the weekend during a Q&A session with the audience following a screening of Gunda. Joaquin is an executive producer on the film.

Joaquin and Rooney seem to have chosen the name River in honor of his elder brother, who passed away in 1993 from a drug overdose.

The couple met and started dating after working together on the 2013 film, Her.

Rooney and Joaquin went on to star in three other movies together in 2018: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, Dominion and Mary Magdalene.

Rooney first sparked pregnancy rumors in May of this year, and has been spotted out several times after that, hiding her growing baby bump with the use of oversized clothing.

See Victor‘s announcement below:

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Pregnant Rooney Mara Keeps Her Bump Covered While Heading to a Checkup

Rooney Mara covers up her baby bump with her bag while heading to a doctor’s office for a checkup on Friday (June 19) in Los Angeles.

The 35-year-old Oscar-nominated actress is currently pregnant with her first child. This will also be the first child for her partner Joaquin Phoenix!

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It has been a couple years since Rooney has had a movie in theaters, but she will be seen on screen in the near future in the movie Nightmare Alley. The upcoming thriller reunites her with Carol co-star Cate Blanchett and the star-studded cast also includes Bradley Cooper, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, and Ron Perlman. (See photos from set!)

Nightmare Alley is directed by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro and he co-wrote the screenplay with Kim Morgan.

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Rooney Mara Covers Up Her Baby Bump During Trip to the Spa

Rooney Mara is enjoying an afternoon of pampering!

The 35-year-old pregnant actress stopped by the Cristina Radu European Spa on Tuesday afternoon (June 16) in Los Angeles.

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Rooney covered up her growing bump with an oversized, black sweatshirt paired with jeans for her afternoon outing.

After her appointment, Rooney was spotted wearing a mask as she headed home.

It was reported back in May that Rooney and fiance Joaquin Phoenix are expecting their first child together!

Rooney recently teamed up with Joaquin to write an op-ed about wet markets in North America.

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Is Rooney Mara Pregnant & Expecting First Child with Joaquin Phoenix?

Is Rooney Mara pregnant? A new report has emerged that says the 35-year-old actress and Joaquin Phoenix, 45, are expecting their first child together, but nothing has been confirmed!

Page Six says a source told them the news and that she “may be as far as six months along in her pregnancy.” She was seen on the red carpet just a few months ago in a slim tight dress.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Rooney Mara

Rooney has also been seen recently wearing baggy clothing while out in the Los Angeles area, where she’s quarantining with Joaquin.

Congrats to the happy couple on the wonderful news, if this news is true! We’ve reached out to their reps for comment and are waiting on word.

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Rooney Mara Writes Op-Ed With Joaquin Phoenix on Wet Markets

Rooney Mara wears a giant black hat and face mask while getting in a walk in Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon (April 23).

The 35-year-old actress was seen holding on to a phone while listening to something on it, and wearing an oversized chambray shirt and workout pants.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Rooney Mara

Rooney recently teamed up with longtime partner, Joaquin Phoenix to write an op-ed about wet markets in North America.

“The unsanitary living conditions inside CAFOS weaken animals’ immune systems and increase their susceptibility to infection and disease. The factory farms’ response has been to pump the animals full of antibiotics that make their way into our food supply and onto our dinner plates, systematically fostering in humans a lethal resistance to the medicines that once quelled everyday infections,” the two wrote in the article, posted to Washington Post.

It continued that “such practices have brought humanity to the point that the WHO now estimates that more than half of all human diseases emanate from animals.”

Rooney and Joaquin were recently spotted out together last month.

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