Joaquin Phoenix has been the whole talk of Hollywood over the last year for his leading role in Joker.

But his personal life has certainly been put under the microscope since his step into the limelight, and he hasn't made his vegan lifestyle a secret at all.

Keep scrolling to watch the video of Joaquin rescuing a cow and her calf just days after his Oscar's speech...

It's time to remove the makeup...

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Joaquin Phoenix has been known for the past year as The Joker, but there's a lot more about the actor than what we certainly expected.

Joaquin comes from a family of eccentric names...

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Born in Peurto Rico on October 28th, 1974, Phoenix was the third of 5 children - River, Rain, Summer, and Liberty.

His parents were free spirits...

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John and Arlyn Bottom, crossed paths while Arlyn - who later changed her name to Heart - was hitchhiking across Mexico and John picked her up in his Volkswagen. The pair spent years traveling all over the U.S. and South America as missionaries - spreading the word of Children of God, a religious cult.

His acting career began back in 1986...

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The forty-four-year-old actor is well known for his colorful characters with disturbed backgrounds, such as the warped Roman emperor Commodus in Gladiator, the sex-obsessed alcoholic veteran in The Master, and even the man who falls in love with a computer in Her.

He has been previously branded as the "recluse of Hollywood"...

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In 2005, Joaquin checked into rehab to be treated for alcoholism, and his reserved and shy demeanor gave him an unusual and quirky character.

It appears that these personality traits came from somewhere...

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It has been that Joaquin is drawn to playing disturbed characters, such as The Joker, because his past is riddled with tragedy and is haunted by demons that he still struggles with to this very day.

The religious cult that his parents were a part of began to raise suspicions...

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The Children of God cult strongly believed that in order to praise and love God, members must be open with having sex with one another - regardless of gender or age. "It actively encouraged sexual activities among minors as young as two or three years old," an ex-member of the cult said in an interview.

The cult that Joaquin's family were a part of held some terrible secrets...

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It later emerged that the cult encouraged sex between children and adults, including group sex and incest.

Some of the family members made some bold accusations...

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Joaquin's late eldest brother, River, who died in 1993, once claimed to have lost his virginity aged 4, although the Joker star is adamant that his parents didn’t know about the inside goings-on of the cult.

He didn't blame his parents for the things he was exposed to...

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"It's guilt by association. I think it was really innocent on my parents' part," he said. "They really believed [in the religious aspect], but I don’t think most people see it that way. "I think my parents thought they'd found a community that shared their ideals - cults rarely advertise themselves as such. The moment my parents realized there was something more to it, they got out."

When the family left the cult, they had barely any income.

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They were all vegans and were struggling to live in poverty. The family moved to Florida and this is where they changed their surname to Phoenix - to commemorate their new lives and to symbolize their rise from the ashes.

Joaquin was forced to busk the streets to provide for his family...

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But it wasn't long until the talented siblings were scouted by agents and had their acting careers kick-started.

And despite Joaquin's incredible success...

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He has continued to passionately advocate the vegan lifestyle.

Joaquin won an Academy Award this year for Joker...

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And in his acceptance speech, he decided to point his beliefs as a vegan. "We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby,' he said. "Even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal."

The actor was heavily praised for using this opportunity to speak about what he is passionate about...

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And Joaquin also stressed the importance of making small changes that will not only save animals but will also save the planet.

And it turns out that just days after accepting his award...

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Joaquin was out and about recusing cows and their babies.

The actor partnered up with LA Animal Save recently...

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And together, the group visited the California slaughterhouse Manning Beef and chatted with the CEO, Anthony Di Maria.

Unlike many other vegan protestors...

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Joaquin remained calm throughout the meeting and he patiently listened to what Anthony had to say about his business.

Though the pair did disagree on one thing...

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They disagreed on if the term for the fate of the animals should be "harvested" or "murdered."

But Joaquin and Anthony seemed to have mutual respect for one another...

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And Anthony had given his permission for Joaquin to rescue a cow and her baby.

Joaquin named the cow Liberty and her calf was named Indigo...

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And the fortunate animals were transported to their new home at an animal preserve ran by the nonprofit organization Farm Sanctuary.

Joaquin later released a statement about his visit and his unlikely friendship...

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"I never thought I’d find friendship in a slaughterhouse, but meeting Anthony and opening my heart to his, I realize we might have more in common than we do differences," he said. "Without his act of kindness, Liberty and her baby calf, Indigo, would have met a terrible demise."

It is truly refreshing to see 2 people of different beliefs form a friendship...

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"My hope is, as we watch baby Indigo grow up with her mom Liberty at Farm Sanctuary, that we’ll always remember that friendships can emerge in the most unexpected places; and no matter our differences, kindness, and compassion should rule everything around us," he continued to say.

Joaquin also acknowledged the animal advocates he worked with to make this rescue possible...

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"Although we will continue to fight for the liberation of all animals who suffer in these oppressive systems, we must take pause to acknowledge and celebrate the victories, and the people who helped achieve them," he said.

"Shaun Monson, Amy Jean Davis, and the entire LA Animal Save community have taken their pain of bearing witness and turned it into effective, diplomatic advocacy for the voiceless. As a result, Liberty and Indigo will never experience cruelty or the touch of a rough hand."

Watch the incredible video here...

This is a perfect example of how to promote one's beliefs, one doesn't have to scream, shout, and resort to violence to get their point across... which is what too many activists around the world are currently doing.