amber heard on fighting for her love rights in hollywood
"I don't want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me. But I don't want to have to be defined by it," Amber Heard has said in a recent interview with The Times. The Magic Mike XXL actor describes coming out as bisexual at a GLAAD event in 2010, saying that at the time, she "didn't know of anyone else in my position who was a working female lead actress" in the same position. At the time, Heard was in a relationship with the photographer Tasya van Ree; she is now married to fellow actor Johnny Depp. Since that time, actors Ellen Page and Cara Delevingne have both elected to come out via high profile media events; the former at a human rights conference, the latter in a controversial American Vogue cover profile.
"I'm fundamentally opposed to trying to edit myself to be palatable or popular. I don't give a fuck," Heard continues, adding that, "I fight, but I shouldn't have to." Her words echo those of Frances Ha actor Greta Gerwig, who recently described the requirement for women to be 'likeable' as a "straightjacket limiting life."
In what was perhaps a nudge to the many rumored Hollywood stars yet to emancipate themselves from the closet, Heard added: "I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you're inadvertently admitting it's wrong. I hate the idea of a label just as much as anyone else, but I'm with who I'm with."
Heard also reveals that she rewrote some of her lines in Magic Mike XXL in order to make her character bisexual, but adds that nothing about her IRL personality or sexuality should have a bearing on how she is judged as an actor, saying "I'm not a better actress than I was yesterday, and my personal life should have no effect on that".
Photography Michael Hauptman
Styling Sasha Kelly