Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, were rumored to have gotten together during the filming of Mary Magdalene. Then they were reportedly seen on a romantic getaway at a colonics spa. They let everyone know they’re a couple by making their first real public appearance at Cannes’ Closing Ceremony on Sunday. Rooney and Joaquin didn’t confirm they were together in the traditional famous people way, ie. by making sure every photographer in attendance got a good clear shot of them kissing on the red carpet. They’re too cool for such pedestrian shenanigans.
They both walked up the red carpet on their own, but then sat together inside. When Joaquin won the Best Actor Award for his performance in You Were Never Really Here, he and Rooney stood up, gave each other a hug, and did the “deep stare of loOoOove” into each other’s eyes.
— rooney mara (@badpostrooney) May 28, 2017
A source tells People that Joaquin was also seen with his hand resting on Rooney’s leg at one point. After the ceremony, they were seen holding hands as they walked to their car. The source added this over-the-top bit of info:
“They were talking to one another nonstop. Small talk between them. Then they went for their car and he’s holding her hand like it was unconscious. Like it fits. They seem a totally natural and easy couple.”
Rooney and Joaquin are deep n’ artsy types, so I’m sure they greatly appreciated the way that source described them. But I bet they would have appreciated just a tad more pretentiousness. Maybe the next source could get a bit more creative, like instead of “holding her hand“, they could say he was “exercising tactile intimacy” or something.