Months later, Joaquin opened up about their relationship. He told Vanity Fair that he thought she despised him, but later learned that she was shy and actually liked him during the making of their 2013 film “Her.” He said, “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.”
Sparks didn't fly until they started working on their movie "Mary Magdalene," with Mara in the title role and Phoenix playing Jesus. They went public on the May 2017 red carpet for the film at Cannes.
An insider told Us of the quiet couple, "They mainly just like to be with each other as the two of them. They're in their own bubble."