Sweater by A.P.C. Atelier Production et Création; briefs by Dolce & Gabbana; earrings by Ana Khouri
London premier of The Rum Diary. And she is, of course, also making an impression beyond the movies and the red carpet. At the time of writing, Heard has just been photographed with Depp at the Moscow and London premieres of The Lone Ranger. She has also been papped with Depp and his children in Tokyo airport during the film’s publicity tour. In fact, rumors of a relationship with Depp have been swirling for months. He and his long-time partner, Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children, announced their separation a year ago, and the story is catnip for the tabloids.
“If I didn’t want to be scrutinized, I would have just stayed in Texas,” Heard says of the hoopla. “It’s way easier to do what people expect of you. As a kid, I would have loved to
“Going into RELATIONSHIPS is just as DIFFICULT as coming out of THEM”
accept what I was being told in church. In fact, I prayed for that.”
Heard is also philosophical about her past relationships: “I have always had very, very good relationships and good breakups. I have never been part of a situation where there was mistrust, or betrayal. Going into relationships is just as difficult as coming out of them. I have never been in the situation where the two have overlapped. I can’t imagine how difficult that would be.”
Nor is the personal putting her off her career stride. Heard’s forthcoming films – Paranoia, co-starring Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, and Machete Kills with Mel Gibson and Jessica Alba, both due out this fall – prove her elevation on her own terms. Not that Heard is taking anything for granted. “I have been doing this as the only means to sustain myself for 11 years – my entire adult life. People have been calling me an up-and-comer for 10 years,” she adds wryly. “I would rather be called that than a flash in the pan.”
Hair: Davy Newkirk at Tracey Mattingly using Joico Haircare. Makeup: Mai Quynh at Starworks Artists. Fashion assistant: Helen Broadfoot