Rooney Mara & Joaquin Phoenix are engaged after more than two years of dating?

Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara attend the National Animal Rights Day protest

Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix have been together since late 2016. They worked together that year, then suddenly they got together and went all-in rather quickly. She dumped her boyfriend at the time, and then she started living with Joaquin. Personally, I love them together. They’re a really cute, offbeat couple and I enjoy the thought of them cooking vegan food together and composting together and going to karate together. Joaquin has seemed especially happy and especially domesticated with Rooney. So it makes sense that after more than two years together, they would talk about getting married. Super-conventional! That’s why I’m not sure I really believe it.

Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix are ready for their next big role — as spouses! The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo actress and the Joker star are engaged, Us Weekly can confirm.

The news comes less than two months after Mara, 34, and Phoenix, 44, sparked speculation that they were taking the next step in their relationship after the Social Network actress was spotted wearing a large diamond ring on her left hand. The bling was on full display in May as Mara ran errands in Los Angeles carrying a “Go Vegan” bag.

The couple met in 2016 on the set of the film Mary Magdalene in which Mara played the title role alongside Phoenix as Jesus. The future spouses began dating shortly after and made their red carpet debut in May 2017 at the Cannes Film Festival’s closing ceremony.

[From Us Weekly]

I hope it’s happening, don’t get me wrong. But does Joaquin Phoenix seem like the kind of guy who would actually go out and buy a large diamond ring for the woman he loves? I’m really asking. If he did propose with a diamond ring, I feel like he would try to source a small ethical diamond, or maybe he would go for an estate-sale engagement ring, something like that. But you never know. Anyway, I hope they’re together forever. I love them.

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  1. Esmom says:

    They’re super sweet and I love them in their matching Chucks. Best to them whatever their arrangement :)

  2. Léna says:

    They make sense together – nice couple

    • Pix says:

      I agree. They seem like a genuine love match. If I were to guess I’d say they are gentle with each other.

  3. Lightpurple says:

    I like them together but I think a woman from a family that owns two NFL teams can probably buy herself a diamond ring whenever she wants

    • Tiffany says:

      I am just trying to imagine what those family dinners would be like. A man who grew up on a commune and a woman who grew up around serious money.

  4. ds says:

    Does every woman really need an engagement ring? I know I don’t. No special reason, I’m just not really a ring person.

    • duchess of hazard says:

      Not really, but in the 1930s when women didn’t have their own money due to law, jewellery as gifts were classified as theirs, so it was a bit of security (if the engagement broke up, and she was no longer a virgin et al). So it’s money for the woman (if she had to sell on the ring, get some money, etc). I didn’t want an engagement ring because I’m too fussy, and would rather have the money upfront, tbh. So I got that instead.

      • Original T.C. says:

        Wow, learn something new every day! I didn’t know that. So many unromantic reasons behind our romantic traditions. Like the Debeers company creating the concept of a wedding ring to get us to buy their ill gotten goods. Or the Hallmark company coming up with the concept of sending cards for every occasion. LOL.

      • duchess of hazard says:

        @Original T.C. yeah, that’s one of the reasons why women don’t need to return wedding rings by tradition. You’ve already given up your virginity and now the engagement has fallen apart and you want your ring back? So yeah, I don’t mind when women demand engagement rings, and want the best one. It’s been a hard earned right.

      • BANANIE says:

        You never know about rings. My best guy friend used to go on and on about how chill his down to earth girlfriend is and how she never asks for anything, but then she threw an absolute fit when her ring was smaller than 2 carats. People can surprise you.

        I have a sustainably sourced engagement ring that my husband found at Brilliant Earth. some friends looked down on me for his getting a ring on a website. But the company is ethical and I support it.

        It was significantly cheaper than rings we saw in stores at the mall, etc. But it’s funny because my husband is a very modest guy who doesn’t like spending too much, so the 1.75 carats, while not large, surprised me.

  5. SM says:

    In the first pic they look like they are morphing into one person. Which is good if they are going to try this “together forever” thing. I wish them happiness in their combined weirdness.

  6. Lucy says:

    Well, if they are, God bless. They do seem like they’re very good for each other.

  7. aiobhan targaryen says:

    I still don’t like Patricia or him because of his connection to the Afflecks, but even pretentious vegans deserve love too. I guess congrats to Patricia and Joaquin. I can see him proposing with a conflict free diamond or another type of ring all together.

    • Gabriella says:

      Is there a specific reason you are calling her by her birth name?

      • aiobhan targaryen says:

        Is there a specific reason why I shouldn’t call her by her birth name?

        Is it illegal? Why do you care?

    • Léna says:

      Why the weird insistence on calling her Patricia? She choose Rooney.

    • LadyT says:

      What a gloriously back-handed congratulations. And then the expected response when called on it. Playing dumb and redirecting. What? Is it illegal? Why do you care?

      • sequinedheart says:

        So damn petty.

      • aiobhan targaryen says:

        @lady t

        no body called me out on that comment. It was on the fact that I refuse to call her by her stupid stage name that all of you are getting upset over.

        Her name is Patricia and I am going to continue calling her that.

      • Amelie says:

        @Aiobhan So are you going to start calling Lady Gaga Stefanie Germanotta (or however she spells it)? Lana del Rey Elizabeth Grant? Tom Cruise Thomas Mapother? Brad Pitt William? Natalie Portman Natalie Hershlag? I could go on and on. Oh and let’s not get started with rappers who often have even more ridiculous stage names than Rooney… just off the top of my head I know Eminem’s real name is Marshall Mathers.

        Also Joaquin Phoenix’s entire family adopted a new last name. Their original last name was Bottom (so I don’t blame them for changing it). River Phoenix would have been River Bottom.

      • amilou says:

        Heck, I remember Joaquin Phoenix being credited as “Leaf Phoenix” when he first started acting.

    • Erinn says:

      Do you call Meghan Rachel and Caitlyn Jenner Bruce? AJ Angelina Voight? Jon Stewart Jon Leibowitz?

      A HUGE portion of celebrities use stage names, do you only refer to people you don’t like as their given name, or is it everyone?

      I mean, I find that to be such a weird, spiteful take. If someone prefers/goes by a specific name that’s different from the one they were given I don’t understand why people can’t respect them enough to use it.

  8. TheHeat says:

    I really like them together, too. They seem to ‘fit’ perfectly.
    As far as it goes with them getting married, I kind of doubt it. I can’t imagine either of them “selling out to the man”, so to speak. Marriage just seems way too conventional for either of them.

  9. nikki says:

    My first thought was if they ever have a kid together, that baby will have INTENSE blue eyes!! Happy for them both :)

  10. toro says:

    i love him so much. joaquin forever. sigh…

  11. Case says:

    I don’t think I realized they’re together. I loved them both in Her. They seem like a sweet couple — congrats to them!

  12. Millenial says:

    Shallow comment: He’s looking A LOT better in the bottom two pics.

  13. manta says:

    They both starred in Her years before Mary Magdalene. Pretty sure they met before 2016 (as stated in the US weekly quote, not in the post).
    I very much enjoyed the two of them in Don’t worry, he won’t get far on foot and thought they worked on this one prior to Mary Magdalene.

  14. Margo Smith says:

    I love them too!!!

  15. Sara says:

    Really happy Joaquin found happiness with Rooney and not some teenager lol. he genuinely looks so happy! I can’t help but imagine that his older bro River would be so happy for him since he’s probably been mentally beating himself the last 20 years since that fateful night.

  16. sunshine gold says:

    The couple that wears old beat up Chucks together stays together.