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Hey everyone, today is Amber Heard’s birthday and I’m just gonna go ahead and let you all know, after doing this little article and the research, I am absolutely, unequivocally in love with her. So let me help you get there too:
Amber Heard was born today in 1986 in Austin, Texas. Heard dropped out of high school and later got her diploma through a home-study program. Raised Catholic, after her best friend was killed in a car crash, Heard became an atheist, citing her boyfriend’s introduction to Ayn Rand is where most of her beliefs stem.
Though Heard hasn’t had many big-name parts (she wasn’t really recognized in mainstream until 2008, after Pineapple Express and winning the 2008 Breakthrough Of the Year Award from young Hollywood Awards), she has been recognized as “very smart, very driven, and very talented” (John Carpenter), “amazing” by “annilhilating that character, in a good way” (Max Berry) and “doing everything that can possibly be done” with her characters (Roger Ebert) (x).
Known for her roles in Friday Night Lights, Pineapple Express, and Zombieland, most of Heard’s roles are of the horror, thriller, and supernatural variety. In 2006, Heard starred in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a horror film that follows a group of high school boys who invite a pretty outcast (Heard) to spend the weekend with them at a beach house, where they are all terrorized by a murderer. Other films Heard has had a role in include: The Stepfather, Paranoia, 3 Days to Kill, Machete Kills, Drive Angry, and The Adderall Diaries.
Heard came out in 2010 at GLADD’s 25th anniversary event stating:
“I don’t label myself one way or another–I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman. I love who I love; it’s the person that matters.”
Heard decided to come out publicly when she thought of her role in media and asked herself, “Am I part of the problem?” and answered with, “I think that when millions and millions of hard=working, taxpaying Americans are denied their rights and denied their equality, you ahve to ask yourself what are that factors that are an epidemic problem and that’s what this is.”
You can watch Autostraddle interview Heard, which has the above quotes, here.
Heard dated photographer, Tasya van Ree, from 2008 to 2012. In 2011, she met Johnny Depp on the set of The Rum Diary and moved in with him the next year. Both were charged with breaching biosecurity laws when they failed to report their two Yorkshire Terriers when entering Queensland for a movie Depp was in. Heard plead guilty to falsifying quarantine documents and the two charges of biosecurity were dropped, she paid a thousand dollar fine for falsifying the document, and was placed on one-month good behavior bond. Depp and Heard released a video apologizing for their crime and urging others to learn from them. The Guardian called it the “highest profile criminal quarantine case” in Australian history.
Heard filed for divorce May 23, 2016 and later filed for a restraining order against Depp. A victim of domestic verbal and physical abuse, Heard was treated like shit by the media, where many (including Depp’s lawyers) claimed Heard was making up the abuse in an attempt to get money out of Depp. Her friend, IO Tillet Wright, wrote about calling 911 after the latest incident on May 21 and neighbor, Raquel Pennington also served as a witness.
A settlement was reached August 16, 2016. Heard dropped the file for a restraining order, and dropped the charges against Depp’s friend, Doug Stanhope, for defamation and received 7 million dollars which she donated to American Civil Liberty Union and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. January 2017, their divorce was finalized.
In November 2016, along with Gabourey Sidibe and Freida Pinto, Heard read a speech by rape survivor, Emily Doe, who won Glamour’s Woman of the Year award. Heard also made a public service announcement for #GirlGaze project where she talked about domestic abuse. In December, she wrote an open letter about her experiences in Porter magazine.
Heard will play Mera, Aquaman’s wife, in DC’s Justice League and Aquaman.