Joaquin Phoenix’s biographyJoaquin Phoenix – American actor who played in such movies as Gladiator and The Village. He quite often undergoes radical transformation for his roles, such as gaining weight. He is quite indifferent when it comes to being validated by film awards, but at the same time, his colleagues and directors never fail to appreciate him.
Early lifeJoaquin Rafael Bottom was born in Puerto Rico on October 28, 1974. His paternal grandfather immigrated from Russia to the US, where he met a Hungarian woman. They both got married, and the actor’s mother, Arlyn, was born.
In 1980, the family left God’s Children and relocated to Los Angeles. They were lucky to have left on time, as later on, some grim and awful things were happening in the cult, as women seducing new members with their bodies, to make them join the cult. However, that was no longer the Bottoms’ concern. To celebrate the new chapter in their lives, they changed their last name to Phoenix – reborn.
They were meticulous when it came to choosing which commercial to be featured on; the Phoenix family is vegetarian (mostly due to 4-year-old Joaquin’s efforts) and were passionate animal rights fighters. They were against shootings in those ads that were showcasing products in direct opposition with their ideology.
When Joaquin was 13 years old, the family moved to Florida. He never got to graduate from school, quitting it as a teenager.
CareerIn the 80s, the actor mostly appeared in series and got insignificant film roles. Some of the most famous projects of that period are Murder, She Wrote (1984), Russkies (1987), and Parenthood (1989).
However, his moment of glory came around after the release of Gladiator (2000). Phoenix made as an appearance as the flamboyant and controversial Roman emperor Commodus – the antagonist of Russell Crowe’s character. This role earned him nominations for Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Oscar, however, he didn’t manage to get his hands on any of the awards.
He started taking major risks when picking his roles. He didn’t think twice before agreeing to star in Her (2013) – the story about the blurred line between reality and virtual life.