This award season has been very good for actor Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix has won a number of awards for his portrayal of the comic book supervillain the Joker, including a SAG Award, a Golden Globe, and the Oscar for Best Actor. However, Phoenix was seen at many of these events smiling for a different reason his fiancée, actress Rooney Mara.

On February 9, Mara and Phoenix arrived at the 2020 Oscars red carpet hand-in-hand. Phoenix wore a classic black tuxedo with a bow tie and a pair of dark sunglasses. Mara wore a stylish black lace, cut out gown. The couple stayed close together on the red carpet, and at times Phoenix was seen touching Mara. However, when photographers started to take a few pictures of Mara and her getup, Phoenix stepped away and watched her from afar. The Joker actor was photographed standing about ten feet away from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress, hands in his pockets, smiling, looking directly at her. After Mara’s impromptu photo shoot, she went back to Phoenix, and the two remained close on the red carpet. The couple were also seen laughing together and embracing one another that night.


Despite only becoming engaged in 2019, Phoenix and Mara have known each other for number of years. The two first met in 2012, while filming Her. Due to Mara’s shyness, Phoenix initially thought that the actress hated him, but soon found out that she liked him. “She’s the only girl I ever looked up on the internet. We were just friends, email friends. I’d never done that. Never looked up a girl online,” said Phoenix in an interview with Vanity Fair. In 2016, the two were working on another film together – Mary Magdalene, where Mara played the titular Mary, while Phoenix played Jesus Christ. After they were done with shooting the film, Mara and Phoenix started dating. The couple made their first public appearance together at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where there were not only seen holding hands, but Phoenix referred to Mara as his girlfriend.

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