Acording to the actress, “I was always out, I was an activist, I went to protests.” It’s just that, since her high-profile split from actor Johnny Depp, Heard’s every action, relationship, and outfit has been imbued with a newfound significance.
Immediately following the divorce proceedings, Heard announced plans to donate her $6.8 million settlement to charity, to be split between the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union, “with a particular focus to stop violence against women.” In addition to her work at the Children’s Hospital, where Heard has volunteered for many years, The Magic Mike XXL actress has recently expanded the scope of her advocacy.
Heard is eager to applaud how much things have changed so quickly, recalling, “In 2010 I was taking meetings with people, at that time my career was taking off in a different way and I was not just acting, I was being cast and leading movies as the romantic lead, and everybody around me said ‘as a romantic lead, as a leading lady, there’s a certain amount of wish-fulfillment you need to fulfill, you need to be able to sell, and how is anybody gonna invest in you romantically if they think you’re unavailable?’ and I rolled my eyes at that and I said watch me do it, and I did.” Still, she adds, “It was not easy—I was the only one working in this way, so it was definitely difficult because nobody had done it.
With all of the power and authority and representation—I mean, women are so severely underrepresented in film as it is, and that’s just white women, I’m not even speaking of other minority groups—if white men can’t change this, then I don’t know who can.” “I think,” she adds, “If every gay man that I know personally came out in Hollywood tomorrow...we’ll have a day of it, national ‘you know who you are day’—if all of the gay men I knew personally came out tomorrow, then this would be a nonissue in a month.” As a queer woman, Heard seems perplexed by the outdated content that Hollywood studios are pushing out.
Amber Heard has a few things to say about that, too: “I plan to use every bit of my personal experience, my years in this business, my power, my drive, and all of the accumulative no’s I’ve gotten and use that to continue to change the status quo and challenge what is expected of me and the projects that we make.