Johnny Depp on his quiet life in the South of France.

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People Magazine has quotes from Johnny Depp’s interview with a French publication, VSD. Johnny’s interview is very similar to what he told Hello! Magazine, so he could have said these things in a press conference. I re-checked Hello! and the quotes are similar but not identical, so I’m thinking Johnny just has certain things he likes to talk about to the press. Overall Mr. Depp sounds very happy with his low-profile life in the South of France, where he lives with his partner of 11 years, French singer/actress Vanessa Paradis, and their two children. Johnny says that he’s extremely content to putter around his property of 30 acres (Hello! has it at 45 acres) and that “there are times when I don’t leave the property for three months at a time.” Excuse me while I let out a little wistful sigh for Johnny, his quiet lifestyle with his family, and lucky Vanessa.

Currently filming The Tourist in Venice with Angelina Jolie, Depp says living in France with longtime partner Vanessa Paradis and their two children, Lily-Rose, 10, and Jack, 7, “has given me everything. A marvelous family and also an equilibrium which I missed enormously.

“With Vanessa and the kids, we live in a sort of little village in the south and I have the impression of being in paradise,” he continues. “It’s a property of about 30 acres and you know what I do there? Absolutely nothing.”

PEOPLE’s current Sexiest Man Alive also admits, “there are times when I don’t leave the property for three months at a time.”

Depp says his lifestyle is a “truly simple existence” that’s like “being on another planet. When I wake up I go look at my garden. I go see if my vegetables are growing, if certain flowers have started to bloom.”

He also confesses that “everything revolves around” his children. “Where will we go for a walk? Should we eat at the house with them or maybe go for a picnic? These are the problems we face there,” he says.

[From People]

There’s more in Hello!, and Depp paints such a lovely picture of his life. He says “[When I want to get away from it all] I go to my home in the South of France, which is a great place set in 45 acres just outside a little hamlet. I stay there and I literally do not do anything. I’ve been there and not left the property for three months at a time. Get up in the morning, go check the vegetables, see how they’re growing, go take the kiddies out on walks – it’s the perfect existence.” When asked about his greatest pleasure, Johnny answers “I’m a pretty basic, simple sort of guy. Give me a good book, a bottle of good wine and a nice breezy day, and I’m happy, you know?

People also notes that Johnny is enthusiastic about working with his partner, Vanessa, on screen. At that time, Johnny and Vanessa were in talks to co-star in the film My American Lover, an account of French feminist Simone de Beauvoir and her lover, writer Nelson Algren. They’ve since been maybe confirmed to co-star, as Kaiser reported earlier this week. Johnny told VSD, “I’ve great desire to work with her on a film. Vanessa is not only a terrific singer but a wonderful actress.” Those two have a real partnership and it’s so nice to hear them gush about each other.

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  1. bite me says:

    its seems like Depp is always working… too bad Vanessa and the kids actually spent most of the year in LA not France

  2. Sumodo1 says:

    Do they have showers in France and LA? So, use them, already!

  3. lio says:

    Blablabla. The kids go to the school in LA. They spend their vacations in their private island in the Carribean. But, whatever…

  4. Solveig says:

    “It’s a property of about 30 acres and you know what I do there? Absolutely nothing.”

    Can I go there to do absolutely nothing with you, Johnny? I’m really good in doing absolutely nothing, I promise.
    *heart-shaped eyes*
    In those picture he’s hot again, probably he has good and bad days, who knows. I won’t give up hope on his looks again, I, the heretic.

  5. snapdragon says:

    if i were famous i wouldn;t live in hollywood, either. the south of france sounds lovely…*sigh*

  6. bb says:

    Johnny does absolutely nothing there because he and Vanessa live in LA. LOL. It’s quite sneaky of them to pretend that they live somewhere else. Kudos.

  7. hannah says:

    lol BB

    its amazing how well he has fooled most people. and the media.

    anyway, how nice would that be? to do nothing? have the only worry be what to eat, not “k what can i afford to eat…how will i put gas in the car, or pay my rent?” i’m not hating on him, as from what i know he used to be broke as shite, which isn’t as annoying as people who are born into wealth, but still…what i wouldn’t give! the south of france is just so amazing, oh how i miss it!

  8. Miss. Thang says:

    I never understood why so many people with so much money cram into LA. Sure the weather’s nice, but it’s not the only place on the planet with nice weather. It’d be worth it just to get away from the paps in my mind.
    I think they’re brilliant for this.

  9. nnn says:

    It’s no secret that he does not do a damn thing and live a life of farniente when he is in their home in south of France.

    I remembered an whole show about Vanessa and him on France 2 channel.

    It was said that after they met and she got pregnant, they decided to leave Paris and the paparazzi and go in a small village in the south of France. The people there are like a big family and the mayer and the locals make sure they all have their privacy.

    Johnny said that he loved that life, a very simple one where kids could go to the local school on foot without anyone bothering them, a place where people say ‘bonjour’ and knows each other, that he has friends from every spectrum of the social ladder, including peasants which he added could not be possible in the american way of life where everyone is casted in boxes and where he probably will never be in contact with people who don’t belong to his social cercle.

    He said that he loved wine and wanted to do like Gérard Depardieu at some point, having his own wine. He added that he has a very calm routine, going to the local cafe talking with locals, most of them peasants drinking wine and just talking about normal things, family, kids, ect.

    Vanessa said more or less the same thing, that she spent her time raising her kids, doing some gardening, cooking, reading, loving Johhny, ect.

    That’s their life when in France.

  10. Confuzzle says:

    Teehee so he’s still spinning that lie, is it? It all sounds so beatific, doesn’t it? Fairytales can be powerful things.

  11. Emily says:

    @Miss Thang, I don’t understand it, either. All that smog, bleurgh. Nope, I’ll take Melbourne’s crazy unpredictable weather over LA’s warm smog anyday. But I do like the sound of the south of France though. Think of all the cheese…

  12. lio says:

    @ nnn:
    I wanted to write an answer to you, but after all, you seem to live in such a beautiful fairy-tale-like world (“people there are like a big family”, “kids could go to the local school on foot” and of course the famous French peasants friends of JD(?!)…) that i decide it would be too cruel…

  13. mslewis says:

    nnn, there is no caste system in America. If Johnny wanted to “meet the peasants” in America, I’m sure the “peasants” would love to meet him. (Of course, we don’t call ourselves “peasants” just poor!!) Johnny grew up in Kentucky and I’m sure he knows that all classes of people mix in the States. I can’t believe he actually said that.

  14. ThunderC*nt says:

    That “quiet” life in France is a cover for a binging alcoholic. A little too quiet.

  15. ThunderC*nt says:

    nnn, you haven’t spent any time in France. I can tell. There’d be a pastry reference if you actually had.

  16. nnn says:


    I just REPORTED what Johnny said in this show about his life in Southern France.

    I didn’t add my own personal thinking or feelings about it. So I don’t know what you are talking about ME living in my li!ttle world and bla, bla bal.

    If you don’t agree with it, that’s your prerogative. You don’t agree with HIM not with me since i don’t even live in the south of France myself and just write about him saying that about his life there.

    #13 LOOK again, i just reported what HE SAID about his life in France and the comparison he MADE HIMSELF about the US and France. So you have to tell that to him, not to me.

  17. nnn says:


    Actually i am born francophone and i have spent years in Paris but was raised in Brussels, BELGIUM.

    So you thought wrong.

    And LOL about the pastry reference. French and Belgians don’t make reference about pastry, that’s a myth. They would make reference, if reference should be made about the ‘Baguette’ or the ‘Camembert’ certainly not about pastry. Plus Pastry is a speciality from the North of France and from Belgium. The south of France is more famous for its ‘fromage’ (cheese), ‘charcuterie’, ‘vin’ (wine)and ‘Champagne’ ,not the pastry per se.

  18. lucy2 says:

    Sounds nice to me! If I made megabucks for a few months of work here and there, I’d probably do the same thing.

  19. Anne says:

    This guy scares me….

  20. Michele says:

    The thing is that Johnny Depp doesn’t live in France all the time. In fact, just like the third poster said, his kids go to school in LA because he lives there most of the time. Hell it wouldn’t surprise me if he lived in NYC too.

  21. Average American says:

    I just love sweet irony.

    I believe Depp lives in France. Hmmm why not live in the big bad capitalist USA. You know those bad guys who allowed you to make your millions. You know the Matt Damon’s and the Alec Baldwin’s of the world with their quick sharp tongs against the imperialist warmongers of so-called liberty to all. Yeah that politically correct country.

    Now Depp faces 83% taxes on the rich. in France with the new socialist government that took power today. I love it. That’s what you like right? Spread the wealth right. Smoke a doobie right. Yeah man, just share man. I appreciate him helping the deeply union-entrenched lazy Frenchies who don’t want to work. I appreciate him spreading his millions to help them.

    In my opinion he’s a silly little actor who plays the same little gay pussy footing pirate character on all his films. So old dude, so old. Get a new gig or time to retire you getting old already.

    Yet another example of the Hollywood elite who all know better then we do ( we meaning …us the common folk of the USA ) the mindless media driven rednecks who support you at the box office, while you spend your fortunes in another country instead of reinvesting in America. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

    How does it feel to be part of that cool club? When they reach deeper into the large Depp pocket? That’s the party of the few supporting the majority. How does the heavy monkey on your back feel now?

    I wonder if he’s sporting that cool communist / red china star that he is so famously displays. Ah sweet irony. That’s what you get for turning your back on America you dumb-ass private-jet phony hypocrite limousine-liberal. Hey I hope you choke on your French baguette while preaching your stupid global warming. Save the planet, kill yourself so we have less carbon footprint. Your new movie is lame; in my humble opinion of course. Oh yeah you’re so over rated.