Joaquin Phoenix Has A, Uh, Dirty and Fiery Pet Name For Rooney Mara

The Joker star seemed to reveal what he calls his rumored fiancée while giving a speech at the Toronto International Film Festival.

By Jamie Blynn Sep 10, 2019 3:49 PMTags
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Joaquin Phoenix is here to remind you about the fiery passion he has with Rooney Mara.

At the Toronto International Film Festival's Tribute Gala, the actor was forced to give a speech after being presented with an award even he doesn't think he earned. "I don't know who's really giving me this award, who's responsible for this or why," he told the crowd. "And frankly,  I don't care. My publicist said somebody wants to give you an award and I said, ‘I'm in. Let's do it.'"

The 44-year-old went to on to thank his family—his sisters, his parents, his late brother River Phoenix—for their influence and guidance over the course of his decades-long career. "When I was 15 or 16, my brother River came home from work and he had a VHS copy of a movie called Raging Bull and he sat me down and made me watch it," Joaquin said, via Variety. "And the next day he woke me up and he made me watch it again. And he said, ‘You're going to start acting again, this is what you're going to do.' He didn't ask me, he told me. And I am indebted to him for that because acting has given me such an incredible life."

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And, as he wrapped his surprisingly emotional address, he threw in one more special shoutout. This time, to his leading lady Rooney, who was seated in the audience.

"One last thing, somewhere here, I don't know where, is a filthy dragon, and I want to rip its wings off and fasten a blanket and sleep with it forever," he said. "I love you. Thank you."

Ah, romance.

The fierce (and filthy?) pet name seems to be a reference to her role in the 2011 crime thriller, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. ICYMI, she played, well, the girl with the dragon tattoo. Get it?

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Weeks earlier, Rooney accompanied her love of two years at the 2019 Venice Film Festival premiere of his upcoming flick, Joker. The 34-year-old stunned in a white Givenchy dress, which she paired with satin heels. If anything, the ensemble gave off serious bridal vibes.

Indeed, the the notoriously private couple sparked engagement rumors earlier this year when Rooney was spotted wearing a massive diamond ring on that finger.

Alas, the duo have yet to confirm the exciting news. But one thing is for sure: Their chemistry is on fire.