Amber Heard Chooses Roles Not Dependent On How She Looks


Actress Amber Heard is a girl after our own heart. She exudes beauty, talent, yet there is more depth to her than what the media would like to portray. While the majority of the media world would like to focus on her relationship with Johnny Depp and her obvious stunning appearance, there are more important things she wants the world to know about herself.

Amber spoke with Matt Shine from UK website Female First and gave him a little insight into her long-term plan and why taking the “pretty little girlfriend” roles was a strategic move on her part to launch her into a place where she could be in control of her image.

Growing up as a Southern girl in the United States she was always taught to be polite, so getting used to the celebrity world where people are constantly shouting your name, she tells Matt it took a bit of getting used to, knowing that the paparazzi or fans just wanted her attention.

But being polite and respectful doesn’t mean she shuns away from giving her opinions where necessary, although she looks up to the poise and grace of celebrities like Angelina Jolie who are constantly hounded by the press, yet she never gives in to them to expose herself or vulnerabilities in any way.

“I wish I could hold my tongue more, but I’m just not very good at it… [Angelina Jolie] is an incredible example – just an incredible force in terms of challenging the status quo…Honesty is best – staying quiet can be so detrimental”

Amber heard and Johnny Depp

When asked about being a woman in Hollywood and getting to play her ideal roles, Amber says it is tough.

“You name me movies where the woman’s part isn’t narrower than the man’s and they will be the exceptions – not the norm. I think in Europe things are better, but, in the US, we still have characters who are defined by physical attractiveness.”

So how does she plan on making a different and challenging that ‘status quo’ for women in the industry? Even though she has played the blonde bombshell in productions such as The Playboy Club and The Rum Diary she intends to use her power of choice in a positive way.

“I try to search for roles where the character is not dependent on how she looks, but it is hard because I didn’t know anyone in this industry so I started as an extra and fought. I’ve had to take on roles that were superficial, girlfriend roles, but I’ve tried to put some power or strength into them. And I don’t think talent and beauty are mutually exclusive. It’s a shame that someone like Charlize Theron has to put on a bunch of weight and fake teeth to be seen as a talented actress.”

Amber heard, more than just a pretty face, but a beautiful girl with brains who wants to portray something deeper in her characters on screen. While unfortunately there are still some pretty stringent stereotypes that exist for women in Hollywood even in the golden liberal age that we live in, women still have to fight to get to a place of equality and diversity. Good on Amber for not giving into the crowd, but instead is strategically using her opportunities as a stepping stone for better representations of women in her career.



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