Joaquin Phoenix is Puerto Rican, Lived Around Latin America While Family Was in a Cult

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You may know actor Joaquin Phoenix, 49, from his scene-stealing performances in “Her,” “Walk the Line,” and his most recent Ridley Scott-directed film, “Napoleon.” Winning the 2020 Academy Award for Best Actor for his epic performance in “Joker,” some critics hail Phoenix as one of the greatest actors of our generation.

But did you know his life got started in Puerto Rico, traveling through Latin America as part of a cult?

While Phoenix’s mother is from a Jewish family rooted in New York, and his father is from California, the 49-year-old actor was born in the Río Piedras district of San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1974. The third of five children, Phoenix was born during his parents’ stint in the late 1960s-founded “Children of God” cult.

Through his parents’ involvement in the cult, the “Joker” actor spent his early life bouncing from Puerto Rico to Venezuela. The cult, which was founded by a man named David Brandt Berg spoke about “free love” and an upcoming “apocalypse,” was a safe haven for Phoenix’s family.

Speaking about his parents finding a “community” in Children of God, Phoenix once explained to Playboy, “I think my parents thought they’d found a community that shared their ideals.”

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