Did Rooney Mara break up with her boyfriend to get with Joaquin Phoenix?


Last year, there was a rash of reporting around Hollywood’s whitewashing problem. There were many examples, and unfortunately Rooney Mara became one of them. Rooney was cast as Mary Magdalene in a bio-pic about Mary, and Joaquin Phoenix was cast as Jesus. Personally, I just thought both actors were poorly cast in general, regardless of the implications of hiring two white (gentile) Americans to play Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Well, here’s some good news: while making the film, Joaquin and Rooney apparently fell in love. Oh, sorry – that’s actually bad news for Rooney’s long-time boyfriend Charlie McDowell. Yikes!

Talk about the “passion” of the Christ. In the upcoming movie “Mary Magdalene” Rooney Mara plays the title character, with Joaquin Phoenix as Jesus Christ. And sources exclusively tell Page Six that Phoenix and Mara fell for each other on the set while shooting the biblical epic and have been spending a lot of time together ever since.

Mara’s most recent film, “Lion,” was up for four Golden Globes on Sunday. But Mara and famously reclusive Phoenix were instead “holed up together in the desert,” a Hollywood source said, rather than in LA for the awards with Mara’s nominated co-stars Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. The source told us that Mara and Phoenix have been spending time together after “they found love on the set” of their anticipated biblical tale, which filmed in Italy last year.

Mara and Phoenix were spotted together numerous times when cameras weren’t rolling, including smoking together on the balcony of their hotel room in Matera in Southern Italy in November. Phoenix’s rep insisted that they are “just good friends.”

“They worked on [2013 film] ‘Her,’ ‘Mary Magdalene’ and [their] next movie,” his rep said. “They are and have been good friends for quite a long time.”

They are starring in Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” for 2018. Mara has been in a six-year relationship with Charlie McDowell — the director son of British actor Malcolm McDowell — and she stars in his Netflix film “The Discovery.” But Mara and McDowell have not been photographed publicly since August, and both their reps had no comment.

[From Page Six]

I actually think Rooney and Joaquin make some kind of strange sense together, although I don’t think they would be able to maintain a relationship long-term. Their personalities just seem… incompatible, I guess? She’s so dour, serious and “aloof.” While Joaquin is shy and tricky, he generally seems like an upbeat, positive person. I always saw Joaquin with someone like Emma Stone (although, obviously NOT Emma Stone). You know, someone who would force his sunnier side to come out. Rooney is not sunny. Rooney is too aloof for the sun. But who knows?



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  1. JustME says:

    Joaquin was hot in the Gladiator, now he looks weird.

    • SM says:

      This. He was hot. In Johnny Cash biopic also.

      • JustME says:

        True. He looked really good in Walk the Line.

      • JulP says:

        Yes! He seemed to lose his looks after he did that ill-advised “documentary” with Casey Affleck. I still love him though, I think he’s a terrific actor and I appreciate his weirdness.

      • lannisterforever says:

        SO hot as Johnny Cash! But I still love him as an actor so good for Rooney (let’s just hope there was no overlap.)

      • Shambles says:

        Oh, yeah. I’m absolutely in love with his portrayal of Johnny Cash.
        But, sadly, because it reminds me of the first guy I ever fell in love with, who is also an addict with a good heart.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      He looks like Charles Manson!!!

  2. Heat says:

    They both give off a creepy vibe. Together, they will be successful at being creepy.

    • als says:


      They shouldn’t destroy the lives of other, sunnier, people, they should settle for each other and be miserable together. Why must there always be a ‘victim’ partner that has to spend their life cheering the other one on?

    • Snazzy says:

      Me too. Totally creep me out. I don’t see him as sunny at all … and she’s a bloody vampire. They work perfectly

    • sorcerer's bone says:

      mary magdalene, if she’s who i think she is, is like winnie cooper x 10. there’s no dark or troubled convolution and it’s very attractive to someone like freakin jesus (just maybe). sorry, don’t know what’s wrong w/me 2day.

  3. Lula says:

    They are both Eeeeeww..

  4. Margo S. says:

    This coupling makes sense to me. Such an angsty couple. Perfect!

  5. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    I think he’s still hot in that sexy dirty way and he does scrub up very well.

    Am still on the fence with Mara – she seems like a decent enough actress who got very lucky (family connections) but she has the same Natalie Portman/Goop pretentious vibe that irritates me. Hence why i don’t go and see anything she’s in.

    • Lalu says:

      I will always think he is hot. But I like rough looking guys.

    • manta says:

      Yes, for the pretentious vibe but I tend to find her less annoying than Portman since (til now) she ‘s spared us the “I almost died for my aaart” promo angle and at least doesn’t fake the warmth.
      Better a stuck up b..ch who owns it.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    Well, we have very different impressions of Joaquin phoenix. Upbeat???
    It sounds to me like it is possible they really are just friends, unless there are photos showing otherwise. It’s also possible her other relationship is still going, or ended for unrelated reasons.

    • Bex says:

      Totally with you. Sunny and optimistic hidden under a gruff exterior is not the impression I get from him at all. He’s more aloof than she gets accused of being! A truly great actor however.

  7. QueenB says:

    wasnt he involved in the Casey Affleck allegations?

    • ell says:

      not really, he wasn’t accused of anything.

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      I think one of the women alleged that Affleck locked her out of her hotel room and was having sex with some random woman, Phoenix was also in the room having sex with another random woman. Affleck was married to Phoenix sister at the time this happened. To add another layer of eugh.

    • Ramona says:

      That whole documentary they made is terrible but theres an improvised scene with him ordering hookers over the internet that tells you everything about how these two men think.

  8. ell says:

    that’s terrible pic of him.

    i kinda believe this rumour. it’s just too specific and without any pics, so it doesn’t seem to a case of paparazzi guessing.

  9. JustJen says:

    They’re both weird as f***.

  10. Dolphin7 says:

    I think Joaquin is an amazing actor, but I might be slightly biased because I had a mad crush on his brother when I was a teenager.

  11. trollontheloose says:

    speaking of miscast: have you seen the fist pics of Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson? horrible. just horrible. A slap of disrespect.

    • MellyMel says:

      Ugh yes! Disrespectful and inaccurate.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      OMG….I saw it…it was crazy!!! Who the hell thought that Fiennes would be a good idea to be MJ!! Bizarre!!!

      • trollontheloose says:

        the prosthetic is a horrendous mockery. they should have cast a black actor and go the path MJ took. MJ was black and went on the whiteness field. It”s the narrative and his struggles as a black person, the racism etc… Not a white person who put more make up on him and have surgery left and right. Anyway. i can’t even comprehend how they think it works, how it’s ok and “they are respecting the artist”. Why not then cast usher? he would have been good (though I can’t stand him). or John Boyega.. the tank has plenty of fish to choose from.

      • ell says:

        it’s just mental tbh.

  12. Lucy says:

    Now I wonder if something happened between them while they were filming Her…

  13. Anare says:

    I think they make an interesting couple. I like both of them. She was so fascinating in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If you want hot Joachim check out Quills. I love twisted dark films with hot priests. Oops maybe I’ve said too much. ☺️

    • African Sun says:

      I need to see Quills – I heard he was wonderful in that.

      • Londerland says:

        Quills is a wonderful film, really delirious and theatrical and funny, and (aside from the odd iffy moment with the English accent, even though the character is supposed to be French) Phoenix is just brilliant.

        Rooney Mara makes my eyes roll back in my head, but at least if he’s really shacking up with her, it means he’s done with that high-school yoga student or whatever she was…right? Silver linings and all that.

      • African Sun says:

        @Londerland, okay need to see it now after reading your review. RM bugs me as well but interesting to hear he has settled down.

  14. KB says:

    Her ex boyfriend is Mary Steenburgen’s son. He directed The One I Love with Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass too.

  15. MrsBPitt says:

    Malcolm McDowell’s son, looks just like him!!!!

  16. Libra girl says:

    I don’t care about either one of them, but I am cracking up at these comments!! I didn’t know he was “involved” with the Casey Affleck situation…..hmmmm… And sunny? Um no, just no.

  17. M says:

    I always suspected she’d end up with another actor/costar, just thought it would be Casey Affleck.

  18. African Sun says:

    Joaquin’s role in Gladiator is one of the best acting performances I have ever seen in my entire life and I have been watching movies for too long.

    Great actor.

  19. Rocio says:

    When I was younger, I had the biggest crush on Joaquin. I don’t know what happened to him later. Just NOPE!

  20. holly hobby says:

    Maca-rooney is depressing and too self important. I also think she’s a one note pony. She’s been in Dragon Tatoo mode for years. Girl, that train is gone and will not happen. Change up your look and buy a new personality.

  21. Mari says:

    I laughed so hard about this. isn’t rooney mara above everybody else? isn’t she shy, aloof, mysterious that in a interview for ELLE 2015 she wouldn’t say her music tastes? saying that she does not have a publicist who control her or her interviews? she only wants speaks her mind and smoke a cigarette like Patti smith. The same goes to Joaquin Phoenix. Bc they’re both so reluctant, right? So priveleged but so PUNK.

    So who is leaking the infos? team Mara or team Phoenix?
    Or is a studio move? I now remember this is a Weinstein movie. coincidence or conspiracy. Either this film is crap, they are trying to sell with this or maybe Rooney and Joaquin are really in love.


  22. bogos says:

    If I am remembering correctly, Joaquin Phoenix is a life long vegan. I know vegans may disagree but I think it’s difficult to maintain a healthy look into older age being one. I wonder if Mara is one too.