LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — In 2011, a 24-year-old Amber Heard was out promoting two films. Her role as “Piper,” in “Drive Angry” starring Nicolas Cage, and her work on “Rum Diaries,” starring (her future ex-husband,) Johnny Depp.
The following excerpts are from a February 2011 Amber Heard interview. Though the young actress was on a press junket promoting the Cage film, she also fielded several questions on Depp and her experience working on Rum Diaries.
When Heard was asked about her thoughts on working with Johnny, She kept it short and ambiguously sweet:
Q: What’s Johnny Depp like to work with? Is he quite method?
“He has a personal connection with Hunter S Thompson and carried that with him when we filmed. It felt like I was working with someone who really had a special understanding of the material.”
In December 2011, Amber surprised many when she came out at the GLAAD awards, announcing her sudden switch from men to women:
Q: Why did you make a statement about your sexuality at the GLAAD awards in December?
“I’m not one to talk about my personal life as I prefer to keep that as private as possible. Since that event, there has been a lot of media attention surrounding my relationship. It’s been frustrating as 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.”
When Heard got a chance to hype Rum Diaries she instead delivered a very measured and somewhat pessimistic response:
Q: Will The Rum Diary change things for you?
“I’ve done all sorts of movies and it’s hard to be objective about where you are in terms of the films you make. Every film I’ve done has been a step up. I worked my way up from the bottom and had to work up from being an extra, to a small part, to a one liner, to where I am today. I hope The Rum Diary gets all the attention and accolades it deserves but it’s hard to tell before it’s released.”
Amber on “Piper,” her Drive Crazy character:
Q: Is there a hidden feminist message behind beating up a naked woman in the street?
“…I think this really is a very powerful female character. This sort of film doesn’t necessarily attract a female audience but this character doesn’t rely on the male characters for her development – she’s not the love interest, she’s not someone’s wife or a damsel in distress, so for that reason I think women will love this film.”
Drive Crazy raked in a respectable $41 million at the box office.
Read the rest of the interview on MetroUK.