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Joaquin Phoenix And Rooney Mara Reportedly Picked The Sweetest Name For Their Baby Boy

A loving tribute.

It's been four months since news spread that Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara were expecting their first child together — and while neither of them has confirmed it, they have apparently welcomed a baby boy!

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara attend the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures "Joker"
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Director Viktor Kossakovsky, whose film Gunda was executive-produced by Joaquin, shared the news at a recent screening during the 2020 Zurich Film Festival.

Joaquin Phoenix and actress Rooney Mara attend the 'Her' Photocall
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According to the director, Joaquin wasn't in attendance to promote the film because he "just got a baby," a "beautiful son."

Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix arrive to the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards
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The director also shared the name that Rooney and Joaquin chose for their child: "River."

🚨 Viktor Kossakovsky 📽️, Gunda: He just had a baby Boy who's Called River. ( about Joaquin)

The name is a loving tribute to Joaquin's late brother, who tragically died in 1993, and about whom the actor gave a moving speech while accepting the Oscar for Best Actor earlier this year.

American actors Joaquin and River Phoenix cooking at their home in Los Angeles, California, US, circa 1985.
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“When he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric; he said, ‘Run to the rescue with love, and peace will follow,’” Joaquin said at the end of his speech, giving everyone a call to action.

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Congrats to the new parents!!

Rooney Mara (L) and Joaquin Phoenix attend the 'Mary Magdalene' special screening
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