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2022 was an extremely rough year for this actress but by the looks of it, she seems to have gotten back up and is ready to go once again. If you haven’t guessed whom we are talking about just yet, let’s give you another clue. She was one the news for one of the most public trials against her ex-husband in 2022, and there were more TikToks made about her facial expressions than the actual case. Yes, we’re talking about none other than Amber Heard herself.
Although in the last year, Amber Heard’s name has been dragged through the mud after her defamation case against the very loved Johnny Depp, we cannot discard all the hard work that she has done, and how she made a name for herself in Hollywood. So, here’s everything you need to know about Amber Heard, from her net worth to her biography, and much more:
Heard’s highest-earning year thus far was 2019 when she took home approximately $3 million. Heard also signed a contract with Warner Bros. which paid her $1 million for the first Aquaman film and guaranteed her $2 million for the sequel, plus another $3 million to $4 million if there is a third film. In 2019, Heard’s ex-husband, Johnny Depp, filed a $50 million defamation suit against her in response to an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018. She filed a $100 million countersuit, but after all, was said and done, the court mainly ruled in favor of Depp, and the net amount owed to Depp was around $8.35 million. In June 2022, following the verdict, Heard’s own lawyer stated there was no way she could pay the damages on her own, with her net worth sitting at about $2.5 million at the time.
Even her legal costs were covered by her homeowners’ insurance and not her own money. In December 2022, Depp agreed to a reduced settlement of $1 million, also paid by Heard’s insurance. Depp reportedly will donate the $1 million to several charities. As of January 2023, Heard’s net worth is only about $500,000.
Amber Laura Heard was born on April 22, 1986, in Austin, Texas. She participated in beauty pageants as a child before dropping out of high school and moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. In the early 2000s, Heard first appeared in two music videos, followed by small roles on several television series, such as The O.C. and Jack & Bobby. In 2004, she made her first appearance on the silver screen in a minor role in Friday Night Lights. She went on to make appearances in lesser-known films like Side FX, Price to Pay, and Drop Dead Sexy. She also guest-starred on the TV series Criminal Minds and Californication. Her first lead role was in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a slasher film from 2006. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006, but it was not released in Europe until 2008 or the United States until 2013.
Heard’s first mainstream successes were supporting roles in Pineapple Express, produced by Judd Apatow, and Never Back Down. She starred alongside Demi Moore and David Duchovny in the comedy-drama The Joneses, in which she played a closeted nymphomaniac. From 2009 through 2010, Heard mainly appeared in indie films. Heard then appeared in a number of critical failures, such as Drive Angry, opposite Nicolas Cage, and the television series The Playboy Club, which was canceled after only three episodes. In 2011, she portrayed Johnny Depp’s love interest in The Rum Diary. The film was yet another disappointment, but she did meet her future husband while filming. As seems to be the pattern, Heard starred in several more not-successes, such as Paranoia, Syrup, and Machete Kills – all in 2013.
Heard played Channing Tatum’s love interest in the 2015 comedy-drama Magic Mike XXL, which was a box office success. She then starred opposite James Franco in The Adderall Diaries and had a small role in the period drama The Danish Girl. Also in 2015, Heard portrayed a struggling singer-songwriter in the television film One More Time, also starring Christopher Walken. She took music lessons to prepare for the role, including voice, guitar, and piano, and her performance received positive reviews. Heard’s first appearance as the Atlantean princess Mera was in 2017’s Justice League film. She reprised the role in Aquaman in 2018 and will return for 2023’s sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The film grossed over $1 billion, marking the first major commercial success of her career. Heard has taken on several other supporting roles since then.
In 2009, Heard publicly came out but chose not to label herself, only stating that she was in a relationship with a woman. She was in a relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree from 2008 until 2012 and legally changed her last name to van Ree for the duration of their marriage. In 2009, Heard was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for misdemeanor domestic violence, allegedly having hit van Ree, but she was not charged. She changed her legal name back to her birth name in 2014.
Heard met Johnny Depp during the making of The Rum Diary in 2009. They began dating in 2012 and married in February 2015. She filed for divorce in May 2016 and obtained a temporary restraining order against him, citing that Depp had been physically and verbally abusing her for the duration of their relationship.
Heard dated Elon Musk from 2017 until early 2018 after her divorce from Johnny Depp. She also dated Bianca Butti, an actress and cinematographer, from January 2020 until December 2021.
Heard is the daughter of Patricia Paige and David Clinton Heard. Her mother, who passed away in 2020, was an internet researcher, and her father owned a construction company. Her father also trained horses and taught her to ride horses, as well as hunt and fish. According to sources, Heard has two sisters, one older and one younger. Not much is known about her older sister, but she is very close to her younger sister, Whitney Henriquez.
Heard welcomed her first child, Oonagh Paige Heard, via surrogacy on April 8, 2021. Heard is the former stepmother of Jack Depp and actress Lily-Rose Depp
Whether you are team Amber or team Johnny, it’s important to remember that she is more than just a meme, and has had a noteworthy career trajectory. It will be interesting to see how her career progresses in Hollywood moving forward. Let us know in the comments what your favorite Amber Heard movie has been so far!