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His parents eventually became disenchanted with the Children of God; they made the decision to leave the group and returned to the U. Around this time, Phoenix began calling himself Leaf, desiring to have a nature-related name like his siblings, and inspired by spending time outdoors raking leaves with his father.Leaf became the name he used as a child actor, until at age 15, when he changed it back to Joaquin.
He has subsequently earned Best Actor nominations for portraying musician Johnny Cash in the biopic Walk the Line (2005) and for his role as Freddie Quell, a sex-obsessed alcoholic World War II veteran in the drama film The Master (2012).
Since 2006, he has been living on top of the Hollywood Hills.