Joaquin Phoenix & Rooney Mara are falling in love over spa juices & colonics


As we learned on Wednesday, Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are probably a thing now. That news might come as a surprise to Rooney’s long-time boyfriend Charlie McDowell, although I suspect that Rooney and Charlie probably ended it on aloof terms months ago, and since neither of them is tabloid-bait, we just didn’t hear about it. Rooney and Joaquin apparently got together while filming Mary Magdalene last year – she’s Magdalene, he’s Jesus – and they’ve been holed up in the desert for a few weeks, maybe? Their love is growing stronger through juice fasts and colonics. Hahaha…

Alleged new lovebirds Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have holed up, Page Six has exclusively learned, at the celebrity spot We Care Spa in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. A favorite of Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum and Gisele Bündchen, the place is known for its juice cleanses and colonics. Page Six reported Wednesday that Phoenix and Mara play Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene in an upcoming movie and fell for each other while filming in Italy.

A source said of the actors: “They found love on the set” of “Mary Magdalene,” and that they were “holed up in the desert” over Golden Globes weekend. A different source told us of their current romantic getaway: “They are there continuing to ‘find love,’ but also some health, as he is doing his annual pilgrimage to the spa. Joaquin and his lady love are down for some R&R, sipping juices and a few colonics . . . good times!”

Mara’s rep did not comment on our previous story about the pair’s relationship, while Phoenix’s rep explained that the co-stars are just close friends. Neither got back to us about the spa getaway. We hear that the pair’s not staying on-site at the spa but rather nearby. Mara’s been in a six-year relationship with Charlie McDowell — the director son of British actor Malcolm McDowell.

[From Page Six]

While some love probably does thrive in the desert, I guess I don’t associate a desert spa the ideal location for a romantic getaway. Mostly because of the colonics and juices, neither of which scream “romance!” to me. But hey, I’m not Rooney and Joaquin. Incidentally, many of you disagreed with me about whether Joaquin is secretly a happy guy. I think he has issues, of course, but he’s never struck me as cold, icy or aloof. He seems to get along really well with his costars and they always praise him and his attitude. He strikes me as shy and damaged, but nice. Maybe I’m wrong. I just don’t see him lasting a while with aloof-rich-girl Rooney.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Lotusgoat says:

    I haven’t seen a pic of Joaquin in a long time. He resembles a young Mel Gibson in these pictures.

  2. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    I agree that a spa with colonics is not romantic, different but not romantic. I also agree that I can’t see him with someone like Rooney. As i said in yesterdays thread she has that Natalie Portman/Goopy pretentious vibe that puts me off her work. She seems to take herself very seriously.

  3. Shambles says:

    Never mind the fact that Jesus and Mary Magdalene are being played by two of the whitest white people that ever were white*, when in fact Jesus was middle eastern.

    *if you need support for this statement, see “juice cleanses and colonics”

    • ell says:

      yeah. i hope this movie tanks as much as other whitewashed movies have recently. it’s really got to stop.

    • Hannah says:

      I don’t think Mary Magdalene had such a constipated face.

      • Pedro45 says:

        Well, maybe she should have tried some colonics…

      • Little Darling says:

        Hannah, that’s my problem with Rooney when she acts. She constantly makes a puckered up face with her mouth that completely distracts me. All through the movie Carol I couldn’t get past it, and I actually think she’s a decent actor.

    • Hikaru says:

      We are the same race, us Europeans and MEs, just different ethnicities. MEs are not Asian racially, and neither are Russians despite both being on the Asian continent.

      • SilverUnicorn says:

        They are still brownish, right?

        Or explains to me why I thick ‘white other’ as an Italian on British forms, given that we are all white with no differences…..

      • OrigialTessa says:

        British forms sound very specific. Middle Eastern is Caucasian, ie white, and fwiw Joaquin is part Jewish, but Jesus of course was more than likely dark skinned and dark eyed. Another casting head scratcher.

      • Aminah says:

        Kind of but also kind of not. We (MENAs) have quite distinctive traits. Yes we may officially be “white” in some circles (including at home -most middle easterners/arabs consider ourselves white if we have to chose a distinction, even those of us who are very brown. Racial politics hold sway worldwide, unfortunately) but there has been a big inter-mingling of cultures and races in the area so while we range in skintone from snow white to deep tan we do tend to share quite distinctive common features.

        If you’re going to use a European then cast someone Greek or Turkish or Maltese or Cypriot or with heritage from there. They’re the Europeans closest to us physically and historically, and those countries include people with MENA roots. They also used to be and still are often considered Middle Eastern. But to cast two actors of Northern European heritage? Nope. Think of the sunburn they’d get if nothing else… (jk btw, before anyone’s comes at me with “I’m Irish/German and I never burn!!!!”)

      • ell says:

        @SilverUnicorn: that’s because brits are xenophobes.

        that said, the israelits back then were not pale skinned with blue eyes. how many times does this need to be said.

      • Alyse says:

        Ell- you can’t get away with a statement like that, you’re doing a hell of a lot of generalising there.

      • isabelle says:

        Israelites tend to be more light skinned because they were force integrated with other nationalities especially Europeans. Jerusalem especially was very diverse because it was invaded and conquered several times and was on a well worn trade route. Race is a lot more complicated than skin color, it based on war, land grabbing, settlement, trade routes and immigration. Its just contained to America. Jesus would have been brown because his parents were more from what would reconsidered Palestine or Arabic areas now.

      • A. Key says:

        Hikaru, agreed! I don’t know why Americans think only Arian looking people are white??

        The entire southern part of Europe consists mostly of olive-skinned people with dark brown/black hair and eyes. We’re still white folks, or is someone gonna make up a new race for people who aren’t black or Asian but still aren’t pale and fair!?

    • ash says:

      i always say…. if Jeezus was as white asHollywood wants to make him he would have MOST CERTAINLY had skin cancer

  4. ell says:

    tbf, while i’m not a massive fan, rooney seems nice just a bit shy and/or introverted. yes she can come across as a bit pretentious at times, but it looks to me more like aloofness due to shyness more than anything else. i also can sometimes come across like that because for me socialising is hard work.

    this whole relationship is hilarious though.

    • BengalCat2000 says:

      Same. I don’t come from money, nor do I have any, I just find people horrifying, lol!

      I really liked RM in Carol but this movie sounds like a hot mess.

  5. Bex says:

    Tbf to Rooney, I think your description of Joaquin could apply to her as well- all her costars have said that she’ll muck in and do anything on set, it’s just when you ask her to goof around on a chat show that she’ll clam up. Cate Blanchett seemed to really like her when they did Carol together.

    • lightpurple says:

      And the film editing guys for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo seemed to really like her when they collected their Oscar.

    • JZA says:

      I relate to her shyness and I like that she doesn’t act like a trained monkey. I like that she doesn’t do social media and doesn’t talk about her private life. Superb actress to boot.

  6. Alix says:

    This reminds me of the 70s/80s rocker Kenny Loggins, who married his colonic technician, no word of a lie.

  7. JulP says:

    “Joaquin and his lady love are down for some R&R, sipping juices and a few colonics . . . good times!”

    Made me think of this, with one minor modification:
    Rollin’ down the street, smokin’ indo, sippin’ on gin and juice
    Laid back, with my mind on my money and a tube up my ass

  8. marmalazed says:

    Finally, some good gossip to look forward to in 2017!

  9. MI6 says:

    That’ll do it.
    Nothing says love like having a hose stuck up your ass together.
    Wonder if they hold hands?

  10. Odette says:

    [Breathlessly crashes through the door to this thread. Phew. Finally somewhere to escape the suffocating terrifying heaviness. (Adjusts sweatpants; wipes away fear-tears.) OK, who are we talking about? Ah yes…]

    I wish I had something to say about these two. Just here for the temporary sanctuary that only inconsequential fluff can provide.

    I mean, these two. What can one say? All I know is that whenever I see Joaquin Phoenix, the first word that comes to mind is “drugs.” Not saying he does drugs. I have no idea. But yeah, to me, he is the human embodiment of the word “drugs.”

  11. smcollins says:

    I don’t know why, but this pairing makes total sense to me (if it’s true). And I actually kinda like it.

  12. mkyarwood says:

    She must be in love. Her face is almost shattering from trying not to smile. Must. Not. Show. LINES.

  13. ash says:

    that last picture looks like they’ve banged and it was great for them…. it’s the same face kristen stewart and that director guy had when they were posing for the premiere of their movie LOL

  14. Div says:

    I can’t help but remember that Joaquin is tight with Casey and was the star of that dumb documentary where Casey sexually harassed all those women. Ugh. Rooney deserves better.

    • Bridget says:

      Casey was married to Joaquin’s sister.

      • Jenny says:

        And according to the accusations of one of the harassed women Casey refused her access to her own hotel room on that shoot so he and Joaquin could have carnal relations with a woman each in that hotel room at the same time. What kind of an a-hole does that to his own sister?? At that time affleck was still very much married to Summer Phoenix. Though they could have had an open marriage I guess.

  15. African Sun says:

    First picture kind of gives it away. She seems interested in him but trying to keep a poker face.

    I think they seem kind of cute in this pretentious way

  16. Jenny says:

    Personally I think Joaquin is so messed up from his childhood he’ll never be able to have a long-term healthy relationship with any woman. But if he can and does then I think Mara is perfect for him. Two pretentious, self-absorbed hipsters who are both quite good actors – a match made in heaven.

  17. LAK says:

    I remember his description of his relationship and feelings for Liv Tyler. It put me off completely. He came across like a creepy stalker guy who will murder/suicide if you break up with them. Still gives me creepy chills.

  18. sunshine gold says:

    I cannot for the life of me figure out why Rooney and her sister Kate went into the Hollywood acting business when they are both so painfully awkward, shy and sullen all the time.

  19. JZA says:

    Rooney is so fricken talented I love watching her on screen. This gossip about her & JP is head scratching. Who goes to a colonics for romance? You wouldn’t. I do believe she finally got rid of coat tail riding Charlie around the time of TIFF. Her bizarre behavior and his absence from a major film fest made me wonder then if they had split.