Amber Heard in Julien Macdonald at the LA ‘Aquaman’ premiere: stunning or fishy?

Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Aquaman"

Here are some photos from the big LA premiere of Aquaman last night. All of the stars were there for this waterlogged disaster. I mean, maybe I’m being too harsh – maybe it will make tons of money, who knows. The trailers and ads still make me laugh, and not in a good way. Jason Momoa was flanked by ladies for the premiere – his wife Lisa Bonet was there, his mom was there, his kids were there, and he happily posed with his on-screen “mom” Nicole Kidman and his on-screen love interest Amber Heard.

Nicole wore Armani Prive, and this does not look like Armani to me at all. It looks like Valentino or some label known for aggressive ruffles. The ruffles hurt my soul. Ugh. This is – by my recollection – the only red carpet appearance Nicole has made on behalf of Aquaman. It’s almost like she just took a paycheck from Warner Bros and then shrugged off promotional duties. Also: Nic needs a new hairstylist. Whoever is doing her hair these days is drunk or high or both.

Amber Heard wore a gown by Julien Macdonald. At least she doesn’t look like Esther Williams in a swim cap! No, I actually really like Amber’s styling here – the dress isn’t my favorite, but it looks good on her and I love her hair color these days. Her body is crazy too. Sigh… she’s so beautiful, and such a charisma vacuum on screen.

Premiere of Aquaman

Premiere of Aquaman

Premiere of Aquaman

Premiere of Aquaman

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. SamC says:

    Nicole’s hair is fried but I like the dress and think it looks great on her.

    • huckle says:

      I like the dress too! I agree as well that her hair needs a little help here.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Nicole is so pale, it’s hard to find the right colors when you’re that fair-skinned but she finally found something that complements her skin. I like the ruffles. This is less off-kilter than she usually goes, fashion-wise. I think it looks nice on her.

    • Felicia says:

      It occured to me about a day after reading this (and another article that says that Momoa and Lenny Kravitz have a bromance) that Nicole Kidman dated Lenny Kravitz after she divorced Cruise and he and Lisa Bonet divorced.

  2. SM says:

    Nicole’s ruffles are…insulting. they hurt my eyes. Amber looks fantastic. But I never saw any of her films. Is she bad?

    • LadyT says:

      She’s so bad that her acting jars me out of my escape into the movie. Less than zero acting ability and/or general on-screen charisma.
      The female version of Henry Cavill.

      • Jegede says:


        LOL and true.

        Considering how poor she is, I’m flummoxed that she keeps getting chance after chance.

        I mean even her TV shows like Playboy Club, and Palm Springs whatever, went nowhere fast.

      • SK says:

        Henry was pretty good in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Only time I’ve seen him be good though!

      • LadyT says:

        I’ll admit to liking Cavill in The Tudors. Was excited for his potential. Nope, false alarm. Just another bland personality with a pretty face and body. Dime a dozen, really. It’s that elusive “it” factor that’s the rarity (and makes mediocre looks shine.)

      • BANANIE says:

        Henry was indeed great in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. That movie is so underrated!

      • Grant says:

        I thought Henry was fantastic in U.N.C.L.E. and Amber Heard is getting great reviews for her very prominent role in Aquaman, so take the criticisms of her acting with a grain of salt.

      • Ruyana says:

        YES, she may be beautiful and have a great figure but her monotone line delivery just kills the whole thing. She really is a terrible actress.

      • Cransb says:

        I’ve not seen the movie, and have only seen very little of her acting. She’s only had small parts in a few films. Still, I don’t recall her acting being THAT terrible. If she were really that bad, I would remember her more. She’s just ok for what she’s cast for. Not very memorable either way. Passable. I mostly know her because of Depp scandal.

      • Ellaus says:

        I too have a soft spot for Cavill after the Tudors and the Man from UNCLE… Loved that movie…. But he somehow hasn’t found the right roles for him.
        P.s. i also liked Armie Hammer but Vikander’s expresion was really cardboard.

    • SK says:

      Amber’s dress reads kinda bronze in these pics but I saw other photos and it looks quite a deep green and perfect for this premiere. The wet hair look also works for this premiere – for once!

      Some other points from the article:

      To be fair to Nicole, she has two other films to promote and they are more HER films than her bit part in this one. But yeah… feels like this was a combo of a pay check film and just a fun film for her as a break from all of the heavy stuff.

      I saw this premiere on Instagram and Jason, his kids, Temuerra Morrison (who plays Aquaman’s dad), and a bunch of other guys who look like they have Polynesian heritage did a haka to welcome everyone to the premiere. It was great! Bustle called it “a traditional Hawaiian dance” which is just so ignorant… it is a Maori dance. Samoans and Tongans also have versions (although in Samoa it is called a sa’a). This is not a Hawaiian tradition despite the shared Polynesian roots. In the last decade or so the University of Hawaii – inspired by the famous haka of the NZ Rugby team – has created a Hawaiian version called the ha’a which incorporates some Hawaiian traditions for their football team, etc. That still doesn’t make it a Hawaiian tradition. Sometimes the US-centric reporting of US media makes me crazy! Momoa may be Hawaiian, but this is a tradition primarily from Maori culture (+some Pacific Islanders) and Momoa loves those cultures and regularly borrows from and honours them. That doesn’t make those traditions Hawaiian or American.

      • BANANIE says:

        Thank you for sharing this! I would not have known otherwise, and it’s very interesting to learn about.

      • Moneypenny says:

        Thank you! My friend was one of the men doing the haka dance with him at the premiere last night!

  3. Felicia says:

    Amber’s eyeliner is a disaster.

  4. WingKingdom says:

    Amber Heard is very beautiful. She looks super awkward in these pictures, like she wasn’t quite ready when the photographer clicked. But I can see that her eye makeup is fantastic.

    • SK says:

      There’s a video of her on insta and she was doing the same “slightly parted mouth like I’ve just been semi-surprised in a sexy way” look the whole time – even while she swivelled her head around for different photographers. This was obviously the facial expression she decided on for this event and she went for it! 🤷🏼‍♀️

  5. Lizzie says:

    i love the ruffle dress – beautiful silhouette and it fits like a glove. IMHO – nicole kidman never gets it wrong – even when she looks batshit crazy. amber heard looks gorgeous as well – killer dress.

  6. Piper says:

    You know Amber really is a pretty girl.

    It just never seems to happen for her. Somethings always off, either her acting or press. As for this dress. It’s not bad considering the film, the shoulder pads make me cover my eyes tho lol. She looks fine I guess. I think this will make some money but not a lot.

    • Jegede says:

      Its simple – she’s a terrible actress.

      Check pout her Rotten Tomato movie history – a sea of greens!

      Most of the Aquaman reviews single out Momoa for praise, Heard is negligible in her role.

      The fact that she got such a high profile part, despite her poor acting and array of flops speaks to her privilege.

      • Grant says:

        What reviews are you reading? All of the reviews on the RT website basically say that the film is good because of James Wan’s vision, Jason Momoa’s spot-on casting, Momoa’s chemistry with Heard, and the great performances from the supporting players–notably Heard, because her character is essentially Aquaman’s equal.

    • Lilly says:

      I noticed the shoulder pads too and have seen them popping up here and there – I’m not quite sold on their return. As for this dress… it’s okay and I’m one of the odd ones who loved the green one, head attire included.

    • Trashaddict says:

      The shoulder pads are awful – too angular – and there is such a thing as showing too close to the groin. Which is what it looks like in the header pic, not so bad in the others. That center panel should have been shaped differently. All of the current cut-out dresses walk such a fine line between forward-fashion daring and “honey, you just went too far”. The hair and face look good, she should maybe try not looking directly at the paps, looks too try-hard.

    • BorderMollie says:

      She’s just not memorable, and the harder she tries to be (and she tries SO hard) the more forgettable she is.

  7. Yawn says:

    Movie broke box office records for a comic book film in China, and the reviews have been fairly positive so far… I mean it’s a comic book movie, how seriously should you take it?

    That being said, Amber is hot… that is all…

  8. meh says:

    his son is his mini me. his daughter is lisa’s mini me. gorge family. thats all i got.

    • Jegede says:

      I actually think it’s the other way round.

      But yeah, gorgeous family.

      • Myrtle says:

        Me, too. I think first-born children of a couple tend to resemble the father more, and second children the mother. Totally unscientific observation on my part, just seems to be often the case. Anyone else notice this?

  9. s says:

    Amber Heard and Emily Ratajkowski are two examples of beautiful women who have negative screen presence. Sometimes if you can’t act very well, screen presence will take you far (see Jason Statham, for example). But if you can’t act and have no screen presence then you really are a lost cause, no matter how beautiful you are. It works the other way, too: examples of people considered “ugly” but who have/had tons of screen presence would be Rossy de Palma, Bob Hoskins and Toni Colette.

    • Grant says:

      Who has ever said that Toni Colette is ugly? I’ve literally never heard that.

      • s says:

        She’s featured in several “ugly celebrity” magazine lists over the years and I’ve read a few articles in broadsheets that label her “jolie laide”. I don’t get it at all.

  10. josephine says:

    Bummed that Lisa Bonet didn’t wear something more interesting. Nice to see their kids look like kids and not pushing the super adult looks.

  11. Jamie42 says:

    Amber was actually pretty good in Drive Angry with Nicholas Cage (yes, I watched that, and yes it was entertaining).

  12. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I love Nic’s dress on her. Beautiful. Amber’s morphing into…can’t quite place it. If Jennifer Lawrence and Keira had a baby? I don’t know, but it doesn’t look like Amber, and that dress is wearing her.

  13. Veronica S. says:

    I don’t mind Kidman’s dress, but the hair and makeup feels lackluster. I feel like a stronger lip would’ve pulled it together more. Amber’s contour is a little aggressive, but otherwise I like her entire look. It’s perfect for the premiere.

    I also appreciate that Jason Momoa came to play. Look at him wearing the hell out of that coat.

  14. Becca says:

    Amber is that you? Is the vacant look from bad make-up, plastic surgery or under the influence of something?

  15. Serphina says:

    I am so tired of the see through dresses. It is over done and over exposure.

  16. KidV says:

    If Amber’s dress didn’t have those pointy shoulders it would look like a dress Cher wore in the early 80’s. Amber does look amazing in it, but I don’t like it. I actually like Nicole’s dress better. If you’re going to do annoying ruffles, that’s the way to do it.

  17. Fidget says:

    Amber’s dress is both, which is perfect. It is thematic without looking editorial or costumey.

  18. MTS says:

    Amber is such a beauty, that will look good in a potato sack.
    I’ve read good things about the movie, wild and crazy but super fun, so about her performance. I just want this movie to succeed so bad because i feel its what she deserves after everything she went through

  19. savu says:

    For some reason Amber’s super dark eye makeup keeps sucking me in, in a bad way.

  20. Harryg says:

    Bad makeup on Amber.
    Bad hair on Nicole. I didn’t know she was in this movie.

  21. Jane says:

    Amber’s makeup is always so bad. I don’t understand how makeup artists always mess up so badly on such a beautiful woman. In close up pictures you can see a clear line of contour around her forehead, like they didn’t even attempt to blend it, and her blush is somehow even worse in that regard. Her lips look chapped, and so they went with matte metallic lipstick, the most unflattering thing you can put on chapped lips. The eye make-up isn’t completely terrible, but it’s way too much paired with the insanely overdone countouring and blush.

    She should be one of the easiest jobs going for an MUA, but somehow she always ends up looking like she did her own makeup in a dark room with her dominant hand tied behind her back.

  22. Lisa says:

    Amber and Nicole both look good. I do not get what Lisa B is wearing.

  23. Nopseky says:

    Nicole – dress needs less ruffles! Like the shape though. Lisa Bonet is GORGEOUS without even having to try. Amber is all fur coat and no knickers, with regards to both her dress and her acting – never have gotten what the big deal is over her.

  24. CheckThatPrivilege says:

    Amber Heard & Nicole Kidman look gorgeous. Jason Momoa can be a stunningly handsome presence, but that mass of hair around his face and neck is just too much to me. It’s understandable as a part of his movie’s character, but that wrapped already.

  25. Luna Lovegood says:

    I think the blank look on Ambers face is because she’s afraid if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pornographic. I personally do not want to see any portion of a lady’s bare lady parts on the red carpet. The dress is cut wrong. The styling is awful. The stylist should be called out and fired. Of course she’s uncomfortable.

  26. Case says:

    I have always been stunned by Amber’s beauty. She’s gorgeous, and looks lovely here. This is a cool, edgy dress that still matches the Aquaman vibe.

  27. Jessica says:

    Am I going to get hated on for saying that I’m totally over Jason Moma? I hope not… I’m totally over Jason Moma.

  28. Sparker says:

    A grown up red carpet version of finding Dori? Yay! The ruffle dress wins for best dressed mermaid without looking like an over exposed eel. Poor Amber, what she lacks in taste she certainly makes up for in personality though… There’s actually a fish that has a transparent skull so they can use their reverse eyeballs to look for predators. Maybe that what her vag was going for? So cheap, so tacky, and yet I’m still in line for tickets to see mermaids with guns.

  29. Reindeer says:

    Amber looks fantastic in this.

    I don’t understand the hate in here. I just don’t get it.

  30. lace says:

    Aquaman is a visual feast, silly but so much fun and Nicole and Amber kick ass. But credit goes to James Wan who is a master at world building and storytelling, …. for your visualization, man take a bow and Jason Momoa of course. Best dc movie ever I’ve seen!

  31. Justjj says:

    She is a charisma vacuum offscreen as well. Her interviews are downright painful. If there is an ounce of charisma within miles of her, it is vaporized by her searingly bad acting, on and off screen. She could model if she didn’t have Coy Steel as her only facial expression.
    She is beautiful, however.