Amber Heard Talks ‘The Danish Girl,’ Transgender Acceptance, Sexism in Hollywood and More

January 4, 2016

Amber Heard is among the stars of ‘The Danish Girl’ which chronicles a transgender woman and her spouse, she speaks out about the issues the film raises about societal acceptance. She also speaks about her bisexuality, her marriage to Johnny Depp and more.

Amber Heard

The 30-year-old actress is outspoken as always, not least about the groundbreaking movie, ‘The Danish Girl,’ directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech’). It’s based on the true story of Copenhagen artist Einar Wegener who began life as a man and became, in the 1920s, the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery in modern history. She’s portrayed by Eddie Redmayne and her wife is portrayed by Alicia Vikander

In an interview with The Independent, she opens up about her role in the movie. While the two co-stars have received much of the attention and the critical acclaim and nominations — both are up for Golden Globes, thus far — Amber Heard has a crucial role Oola Paulson a fellow artist and friend of the couple.

She said of her character, “Oola is all freedom…She’s all spirit. What she cares about is the human, not the superficial. She’s a progressive person, ahead of her time.”

Heard goes on to note, “We take for granted now how interesting that friendship must’ve been and how special the human being she must’ve been to be able to do that. And I liked that she was part of the new bohemia, that movement, the genesis of that movement.”

She said of the movie, ““I think it’s about time. It’s not an accident that most people have never heard of this extraordinary pioneer. There’s a reason for that, and this largely marginalised or forgotten or suppressed community is finally coming to light. We’re ready to shine a light on this.”

And Amber Heard herself, decades, later, has been on the cutting edge of such acceptance, having come out as bisexual many years ago. Sadly, so many years after Ellen DeGeneres was a trailblazer in coming out, and, unfortunately, seeing her career suffer, it’s somewhat daring to come out publicly and maintain a career in Hollywood.

But Heard has forged ahead, with bravery. She was in a relationship with a woman, artist and photographer Tasya van Ree. In a previous interview with the newspaper she said of her own sexual preference, “I don’t want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me. But I don’t want to have to be defined by it.”

She said of societal acceptance of the LGBT community as a whole, “The one way we will achieve change in a positive direction towards accepting people for who they are and looking beyond superficial means to judge people instead of falling prey to our prejudices and our tribal instincts towards fear… the only way we’re going to get over that is by being familiarised with it, by being exposed to it.”

She added, “I’ve said this before but education is the antidote to prejudice.”

She also spoke out about sexism in Hollywood and the dearth of good roles for actresses, even those in her age range, and in particular, so few movies with a female lead. She said, “It takes not just actors and actresses noticing it. It takes audiences saying, ‘I will show up to see a movie led by a female cast or one focused on the female life or elements of female perspective.’

She also spoke about a range of other topics including her rise to fame, her early days in modeling and her marriage to 50-year-old Johnny Depp, as the couple, which began dating in 2012 shortly after he split with longtime girlfriend, French singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis, is on the verge of celebrating their first anniversary.

The full interview with Amber Heard is here.

Pictures: PR Photos

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