Johnny Depp calls Amber Heard ‘sharp as a tack, a southern belle, sweet as can be’

Johnny Depp

These are photos of Johnny Depp visiting David Letterman last night. Johnny’s looking like one of my uncles here, which is throwing me off. He keeps tweaking his look as he promotes Transcendence. It’s weird how Johnny can change things up in a matter of days. He looked great at the Bejing photocall and went weird again by premiere time. I feel like he spends a lot of time in the mirror, trying to look like he spends no time in front of the mirror. Does that make sense?

Johnny’s back in NYC with Dave. This just happened to be the same episode where Dave announced his retirement. The topic of Amber Heard came up pretty quickly. Johnny mentioned to Dave that people backstage were weeping at Dave’s news. Johnny called Amber his “girl” and describes Amber’s dad as “the closest thing to Hunter S. Thompson that I’ve ever met.” Dave said, “I bet you get a lot of comments” on that mangagement ring. Johnny sheepishly replied, “No, people are scared to comment. Why is a grown man wearing a woman’s engagement ring?” Here’s a clip:

Johnny also pre-taped a Today interview where he talks to Samantha Guthrie about his engagement. He tried to be sly: “Wearing a chick’s engagement ring on my finger, being a fella … as far as you know … because I might be a woman, who knows? I might be. Nobody’s asked that.” Johnny said this about Amber: “She’s a wonderful girl. She’s sharp as a tack. A southern belle and sweet as can be, and very good for me.” He also denied rumors of a shotgun wedding: “What, do you think I’m a savage?” That’s an interesting answer given that he didn’t marry the mother of his two children, Vanessa Paradis.

Johnny also talked about his childhood “rock star ambitions” and revealed why it’s all about music for him. He also discussed meeting Willie Nelson, whom Johnny calls “the wise man of the mountain.

Johnny Depp

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  1. aims says:

    I honestly don’t get this couple. It’s a real head scratcher for me.

    • Here’s the thing–I don’t doubt that Amber IS all of these things. Just because you’re a fameho, doesn’t mean that you can’t be a genuinely nice person/good girlfriend, and so on.

      My issue with Amber isn’t that she’s with Johnny Depp–someone who has more talent in his pinky finger, than she does in her entire body. My issue is that she’s trying to act like she’s SO deep and artistic, when none of that shows in her work. It’s not even something she’s ATTEMPTED to do–like play a character like Jane Eyre, etc–she’s always been ‘the hot girl’. That’s the issue. For me, at least.

      I’m trying to be less harsh on the ones that I don’t think can act, and they’re in relationships with good actors–because, in the end, they don’t marry them (at least they shouldn’t) because they’re talented, they marry them/date them because they want to be together.

      We’ll see if Amber thinks she can do better in ten years……

      • zbornak syndrome says:

        Is Amber Heard like a poor man’s Megan Fox?

      • Chinoiserie says:

        I am actually kind of curious to see Amber in so movie to see if she has any talent at all. Most people say she does not but she seem to have only done crappy movies so it can be difficult to tell since you would have to be really talented to pull of horrible dialogue.

      • Black orchid, says:

        Virgillia is quite right ,i had the misfortune of meeting some golddiggers myself and trust me they are real good at putting on a “holier than thou ” act ,u end up quite believing them ,Amber might not be a good actress onscreen ,but she for hellsure is one in real life

      • Tiffany :) says:

        How many “Jane Eyre” type roles are really out there for young women, though? Sadly, most young female roles are for “the hot chick” or the “girlfriend”. Very slim pickings for actresses that want to do work in something meaningful. There isn’t a lot of demand for meaningful.

      • @Tiffany
        Well, I mean she’s never had a meaningful character, outside of the Girlfriend, and even then—she’s never done that well. Seriously–The Rum Diaries is the PINNACLE of her acting. I can see why she and Johnny are together, physically, because they had amazing chemistry together. Their sex scene together was HOT. But other than that–Amber is a terrible actress.

      • Minnie1 says:

        I believe Amber is a poseur, and wants nothing more than to be a celebrity who gets her picture in all the magazines and goes to all the right parties. I put her about one step above Paris Hilton and Kim Karadashian because she has landed movie roles, although it is unknown by what method of auditioning. I think it can be safely assumed that all her current roles are Depp influenced.

        There are so many kids out there who can sing, dance, and act, and they’re waiting tables. Any money earned is spent on lessons to further their craft. Do you ever read that Amber would love to be on Broadway, or that she was taking vocal lessons, or doing anything to make herself a more versatile actor? She
        plays the “girlfriend” because that’s all she can play…or has ever wanted to play. Although Depp is not Laurence Olivier, there is/was some sort of creative energy that made him different from others of his generation. It’s disappointing and puzzling that he has hitched his wagon, so to speak, to someone who is so common.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “put her about one step above Paris Hilton and Kim Karadashian because she has landed movie roles, although it is unknown by what method of auditioning”

        That is kind of horrible to assume that about anyone. There are MANY hot actors out there that aren’t very talented, yet very rarely are they accused of sleeping their way to get a role. Especially without any kind of proof to back that up, it is odd that you would go there.

        I knew about Amber long before she was known on this site, because she had a reputation in the industry for good work. I haven’t seen her in anything other than Criminal Minds, so I am not going to judge her talent, but she did have a reputation for being good at her job and very professional. She was in the trades frequently.

      • I agree Tiffany….I think it’s insulting to say that Amber was sleeping with producers, etc, for what roles she did get—same as when people were saying that the only reason JLaw was getting as much critical acclaim/film awards was because she was giving bj’s to Harvey Weinstein.

        Amber, although I don’t think she can act, has a career. It isn’t the most amazing one, and she does get a lot of publicity for dating Johnny–but she has a career. She’s been in a lot of different films before she got with Johnny.

  2. eliza says:

    He did not marry Paradis because according to her, she was not into the idea of marriage. I am not sure how Johnny was supposed to force her into a marriage she apparently did not want. He is obviously a man who wants to be married. He’s getting married. He loves his girlfriend. I am not sure why he is always portrayed as the “bad one”. Is it because he is a man, so if a relationship fails it is easier to blame the man?

    • Illyra says:


    • minime says:

      I would say that the usual pattern is to blame the woman for the end of a relationship. Even when a guy is cheating and being and a**hole people tend to say that most probably the wife/partner was a bitch and therefore deserved it. I think it’s refreshing that the same doesn’t happen here. He jumped from a long time relationship to some super young fame-seeking person, that represents everything that he propagated to loath for years.
      I also think that Paradis didn’t want to get married and that was it, but all these interviews and the endless talking after the “reserved” image he tried to sell all these years just makes him look silly and desperate.

      • Tracy says:

        Great post.

      • GIRLFACE says:

        This is precisely it! I don’t doubt that she’s got redeeming qualities and she’s a pretty girl. The very thing that made Johnny so cool was that his girlfriends (Paradis, Moss, Ryder) were these edgy, not atypically pretty genuine antihero cool girls. Standing next to Amber and all the talking about it. It does feel silly and desperate…

      • How is Vanessa, Winona, or Kate ‘edgy’? Kate is a drug user–still, and she, frankly, looks terrible for a supermodel. Even I can tell that she uses. Winona was a good actress, I think, and Vanessa is a pop singer. Is she edgy because she goes to Chanel fashion shows? In terms of talent, she and Amber are about the same to me, because I don’t think Vanessa can sing at all.

      • GIRLFACE says:

        They were just themselves? And the point is Amber seems phony but they were cast in darker roles-Winona for sure. Have you ever seen Girl on The Bridge? Vanessa is stunning. Dark, mesmerizing, film noire. And Kate is high fashion/was known as sort of an avant garde fashion it girl back in the day. All of them are certainly not blonde golden girls with perky smiles talking about how cute and southern they are all the time. I dunno.

    • Jh says:

      Upvoted- great comment.

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Those shoes…I can’t even comprehend what he’s saying while he’s wearing those shoes! Did he get them out of the dumpster? Ugh, just stop it, Johnny, stop it.

  4. FingerBinger says:

    Johnny looks good here. Now he just needs to do something about those brown teeth.

  5. Renee28 says:

    Did he ever talk about Vanessa this much? It seems like he’s really trying to sell their relationship to the public.

    • I know that he talked about Vanessa on Oprah, and had one of her print Chanel ads featured…..but it also would’ve been a moot point, because a lot of people in his demographic (America), have no clue who she is, other than the fact that they were together. She’s not big in America.

      So while I do think he’s trying to give Amber some press (which is sorta sweet–I’d hate it if he acted like he was embarrassed to be with her–he picked her, ya know?), it is also because Amber is an American actress. She’s ‘known’ (even if a lot of that comes from Johnny). So there will be a lot more interest in her, simply because we, Americans, *can* go and see who she is and what she does, right away.

      • Hannah says:

        He talked a lot about Vanessa too. There are countless interviews and he called it love at first sight and went on and on about the first time he saw her and how she saved him. I don’t think amber is more well known, she is a d list actress you know most people wouldn’t be able to distinguish her from other blonde starlets prior to depp. Vanessa has a career in France and even here in the uk she had some hits . As for the us I would guess she was known as Lenny kravitz girlfriend before depp got with her.

    • Kim1 says:

      Maybe Vanessa told him not to discuss her just like she told him no to getting married.

    • mercy says:

      He’s in lurve. At least he’s not couch jumping – yet.

    • Chinoiserie says:

      I do recall him talking about Vanessa. And he does not talk Amber all the time, in the last interview he mentioned the management ring but did not talk about Amber.

    • Leah says:

      He was way more over the top with vanessa actually, what he says about amber is quite moderate compared to this.

      “Johnny Depp says Vanessa Paradis saved him
      Johnny Depp says he instantly fell in love when he first met his partner, Vanessa Paradis.

      The actor says that it was Paradis who insisted he clean up his act and put his parting days behind him. For her, Depp cut down on smoking and drinking alcohol — taking up exercise and a healthier diet, instead.

      Depp, who famously dated actresses Winona Ryder, Kate Moss and Jennifer Grey, says that he also didn’t fall in love for the first time until he met Paradis.

      Recalling the first time he met her, he told the Daily Mail, “She was wearing a dress with an exposed back and I saw that back and that neck, and then she turned around and I saw those eyes, and — boom! My life as a single man was done.”

      “You have this feeling — I can’t really explain what it was, but I had it when I met her. I saw her across a room and thought: ‘What’s happening to me?'” “

  6. PattyPyro says:

    Dear Johnny,
    Shut up.

  7. bns says:

    He is just so embarrassing and no matter how hard Amber tries she will never happen. Once the romance fizzles out and her career doesn’t flourish the way she thought it would, she’ll leave him and he’ll just continue to get worse.

  8. Hannah says:

    He is still pushing budget johanssen as some kind of intellectual artiste I see. Give it up johnny, no one is buying what you are selling.

  9. Jegede says:

    Damn he’s really gone.

    Interesting reaction to the shotgun rumors.

    It may be true that its a mid life crisis.

    But IMO Johnny is legit behaving/smiling/talking like someone who has been in purgatory all these years and has suddenly being released!

  10. mercy says:

    Sometimes people don’t know what’s good for them, especially if they’ve been in an unhappy relationship for awhile. They latch on to the easiest person who shows up. I have a feeling Amber won’t be the last stop, unless she ends up pregnant. But we’ll see… he may be tired of chasing by now, and I’m sure she’s very accommodating and holding on tight.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      mercy, your comment sounds kind of sexist to me. You played the “easy” card, the “pregnancy trap” card, and the “clingy” card all in one comment.

      Can we just accept the fact that maybe these two people like each other? Does it have to be some kind of bad movie plot?

    • mercy says:

      More like the gossip card. 😉 What I said can easily apply to both sexes, and not just movie stars. In fact, I was thinking of a woman I know when I wrote that, and not as Amber but as Johnny. I never meant to imply Amber would ‘trap’ him by getting pregnant. He seems to be in the head-over-heels phase and I’m sure he’d be a more than wiling participant right now. He seems to be clinging to her right now. My main point was when a person has been in an unhappy relationship for ahwile, they sometimes will elevate the most available person they’re attracted to to a higher status than they would have had they started their relationship under different circumstances.

      I don’t pretend to know the guy, but he seems like the type to fall hard when he’s still in, or freshly out of, another relationship. It seems like he’s had some rather dramatic relationships in his past. I don’t doubt they really like each other, but I do question how long it will last.

  11. Skins says:

    I don’t understand how this guy is supposed to be so good looking. Looks like and average joe at best to me

  12. zbornak syndrome says:

    I see nothing wrong with a man getting an e-ring. My husband (German born) wore his gold band on his right hand during our engagement, then switched to the left after the wedding. Men should feel special too!

  13. Calcifer says:

    I was thinking what it is that bothers me so much about the Heard-Depp pairing, apart from the fact that Amber seems a fame and power hungry person who uses her relationship with Depp to realize her ambitions. And I have to admit that what bugs me is to see demonstrated that with many men, youth is prized more than anything. Of course there is the fact that feminine youth and beauty have always attracted male wealth and power (maybe driven by biological forces as well). But I think it is so sad that a beautiful, 40+ woman like Winona Ryder probably wouldn’t stand a chance with someone like Depp, just because she is too ‘old’ (even though she is still 10 years younger than Depp). Now maybe Winona is not the best example because she and Depp were in a relationship already, and she is a complicated person. But the fact remains that Depp would probably never consider someone her age, no matter how beautiful, accomplished, and interesting. And by the way, I think Depp talks about Amber as if he were an indulgent grandfather, calling her ‘sweet as can be’ and ‘smart as a tack’.

    • Kelly says:

      That’s just biology. Youth and beauty are attractive period. Male or female. I mean, look at Depp. He’s getting old, and if I’m being honest I found him much more attractive 10 years ago. Now – not so much. I guess it’s just that women lose their looks much sooner than men. But we’re all pretty shallow on a primal sexual level when it comes to that.

      • Calcifer says:

        You are right, Kelly, biology plays a large role. But still I would wish that characteristics other than youth would count for something: charm, personality – even the fact that age can add depth to beauty. Like it does (in my opinion) with Winona. Her face may not be as perfect as it used to be, but it has more character than it had twenty years ago. I think she is more beautiful now (even though she looks a bit crazy). But the charms that age can bring are invisible to a man like Depp. He just goes for YOUNG.

    • Trillion says:

      I was just looking at a “hottest dudes in rock” list (which I was stoked to see because I HATE only seeing “hottest chicks in rock” lists) and the top 10 were a mix of guys aged 38-over 60. The over 60 man was listed as sexy because he knows how to fly a plane. In other words, skills = hot (which I approve of, I just wish men could see us the same way). #1 was Henry Rollins, and he is over 50 and has gray hair. Can you imagine men choosing women like that? Of course not. I mean, great for men. But sucks for us, ya know?

      • Calcifer says:

        @ Trilion Oh, that’s so annoying! (maybe the journalists who wrote up the list are between 38 and 60 too, by the way, which would help explain their choices). But on the whole yes, women are valued for youth and beauty, men for accomplishment and power. I so wish that double standard would change a bit, with women like Angelina Jolie, who is both very beautiful and accomplished (she flies a plane as well). I wonder how many men would choose Angelina (39) over Amber (27)… Not Johnny probably.

      • Kelly says:

        Oh Calcifer, not many women look like Angelina unfortunately. With her, age is irrelevant. Same as Monica Bellucci for example. Us average people have it a bit harder.
        PS. I do agree age brings a certain charm to some people, and they look better for it, but they’re mostly men. Men look better with age (up to a certain point), while women rarely do. Unfortunately, mother nature favors us most while we’re at a child-bearing age. After that, we’re pretty much useless in biological terms.

      • Truthtful says:

        @kelly: you don
        know that women AND men are more fertile young do you? from a biological standpoint we are all supposed to be attracted to people under 35 (the biological turning point for BOTH gender!)
        So what you are just stating is just a culturally molded opinion built to explain an unnatural situation older (less fertile) men with young women.

        People (men and women) are the most attractive while young …. as mother nature did not intend us to live past 40 … so past this age we are, women AND men, “useless in biological term” as you said it.

        mother nature didn’t intend a gender to be more favored than one… society did!

        And it is sad that you -a women- perpetrates such a dismiss missive and false belief to put down our gender … so sad and so misinformed

      • Moore says:

        I feel like the “sexyness” of old men is being pushed on me. I don’t agree. But I don’t run the magazines. It is kinda gross to be shown someone who looks like a grandpa and be told how sexy I am supposed to find them.

      • Moore says:

        sorry 2x post

  14. TheCountess says:

    I never got Depp’s appeal, and I certainly don’t get it now. A slightly less groady Sean Penn.

  15. Karen says:

    He looked terribly cute on Letterman. This is the first time he’s ever discussed Amber, besides on the Rum Diary Promotion Tour when he was simply describing his co-star. He talked about Vanessa all the time, easy to find on Youtube.

    The savage comment was super weird.

  16. Venus says:

    Am I the only one who thinks he looks like Orlando Bloom in that last photo?

  17. Kat says:

    I know it’s a trend to hate on him these days, but he looks great on those pictures…there’s nothing wrong with his look to me. he is a handsome man
    about the comment of him being a “savage” was obviously an irony considering his history and the smile on that comment
    It seems that no one could criticize that she trapped him – as often has been said about Vanessa because her pregnancy only after a couple of months into their relationship- or that they rushed out for a wedding because they HAVE to, It seems they are getting married so soon only because they want to

  18. Karen says:

    Their relationship leaves me scratching my head too. But at his core, despite how well travelled he is, I think he’s just a Kentucky boy with traditional values. On one end, it seems kind of logical that he went through everything to finally settle down and marry a “southern belle”, though Amber seems to reject that title herself.

    Johnny always say he and Hunter S Thompson got along so well because they were both “southern gentlemen”. And clearly he gets along with Amber’s father amazingly.

    As for Vanessa, everyone needs to just get over it. They were unhappy, they separated. He’s since stated he still loves her and they’re obviously making co-parenting work, they were pictured together at their son’s school play 2 weeks ago.

  19. shellybean says:

    I honestly don’t get all of the Johnny hate/annoyance. For some reason it’s become cool to pick on him. Who cares if he likes to wear too much jewelry and a lot of scarves? Sure, he may look funny at times, but really, who cares? He’s also not the first person to split from a spouse/lover in mid-life and take up with someone younger. I don’t know why he’s held to a different standard. I guess because everyone thought he was above that? I don’t know. It’s his life, he should do what makes him happy, and if Amber makes him happy then good for him. I know little about her except for what I read online, but maybe she’s really into him. Anyway, Johnny’s always seemed like a very nice human, so really, cut him some slack.

    • pirategirl says:

      +1000 shellybean. And he gets so hated on for his style choices, which I understand not everyone is into the bohemian vintage style, but I know a lot of people who are, including myself, that dress this way. I’d totally wear some of his scarves and beautiful jewelry. If everyone dressed the same it would be boring.

  20. Truthtful says:

    Is he balding??
    …. I mean besides the obvious hair dye and chipmunk cheeks….
    Gosh I can’t believe I was believing he was a different kind of aging actors and a deeper soul… He is so shallow and one dimensional I can’t believe it!

  21. anon33 says:

    God…I never had a crush on Johnny or really cared or followed his career…but these comments are even making me feel icked out by him. Ugh

  22. qwerty says:

    I don;t like how he keeps saying things like “chick”, “girl”, “grown man wearing a woman’s engagement ring” (hmm wouldn’t the woman be grown as well? ). Neither of those things is alarming by itself by seeing a man use all of them together creates a pattern… and makes me suspect he doesn’t respect women very much, and sees them as, I don’t know… silly and infantile, I guess.

    • GIRLFACE says:

      Yeah to me it’s weird too how he’s using all those euphuisms in every interview like my chick my girl – it does sound kind of disrespectful and adolescent.

      • jd says:

        Johnny called Vanessa his girl in many of of interviews for the past 13 years or less.if he’s now calling amber his girl or chick she ain’t special because he’s used that before.when they get married he’ll be calling her his wife.

    • Leah says:

      Its also weird how he talks about his girlfriends. he used to say vanessa saved him or his life or something like that. About amber he says she is good for me? thats sounds so weird either he has a lot of demons and think women are there to help him which is pretty immature at his age with kids and whatnot. Or maybe in the case of Amber its defensive like he knows what people are saying about amber( the gold digger scenario).

      • homegrrrl says:

        He looked so grandpa in his role as Tonto, that I can’t forgive him. Can not.

  23. Vicky says:

    When I saw the Rum Diaires their chemistry was so obvious. She was stunning in the movie and so charming. My friend (guy friend) and I would talk about her for days after we saw the movie. There were sparks going on between these two. They reminded me of the sparks Brad and Angelina had on the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. So I wasn’t surprised at all when these two hooked up. You can’t resist real chemistry.
    By the way I’ve never seen Johnny happier. He’s crazy about her and it shows. I never liked him with Vanessa and I always had the impression he was kind of miserable with her. He never really glowed with her. The past few months he’s been glowing and you can always see some kind of smirk or smile on his face. The man is happy. Good for him.

    • N says:

      Vicky theirs a video of johnny talking about Vanessa he says that she made him the happiest man look it up.and theirs photos of Vanessa and johnny and he was happy look up the interviews on YouTube & what he says about her you say that he looks happy now and glowing well he was like that when he was with Vanessa & when his children was born.

  24. elizabeth says:

    Johnny is just weird, and it’s really starting to show.