- 22 April 1986
- Austin, Texas, United States
- Breakthrough roles:
- Never Back Down and Pineapple Express in 2008
In 2015, Heard was accused of smuggling her two Yorkshire
Terrier dogs â€“ named Pistol and Boo
â€“ into Australia during a visit with her husband
Johnny Depp. Authorities charged her with two counts of illegally
importing an animal and a charge of producing a false document. A
Queensland judge gave her a one-month good behaviour bond with no
conviction recorded. Australian press dubbed the incident
Mini Bio (1)
Amber Laura Heard was born in Austin, Texas, to Patricia Paige
(Parsons), an internet researcher, and David Clinton Heard, a
contractor. She has English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Welsh
Heard appeared in the Academy Award-nominated film, North
Country (2005), in which she played Charlize
Theronâ€™s character in flashbacks. Her other
early film credits include: Syrup (2013), Drive Angry (2011) 3D,
The Joneses (2009), Never Back Down(2008), Alpha Dog (2006) and
Friday Night Lights (2004). On television, Heard starred on The CW
drama, Hidden Palms (2007), and had guest starring roles on
Showtimeâ€™sCalifornication (2007) and
CBSâ€™s Criminal Minds (2005)
In 2009, Heard starred in the box office hit, Zombieland (2009),
opposite Woody Harrelson, Bill Murray and Jesse Eisenberg. She also
starred in the suspense thriller,The Stepfather (2009), with Sela
Ward, Dylan Walsh and Penn Badgley. In 2008, she garnered attention
for her role in the comedic hit, Pineapple Express (2008), with
Seth Rogen and James Franco. Heard received a 2008 Young Hollywood
Award for her breakthrough performance in
She appeared in The Rum Diary (2011), opposite Johnny Depp, and
John Carpenterâ€™sThe Ward (2010), which premiered
at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. She also starred in the
independent film, And Soon the Darkness (2010), in which she
additionally served as a co-producer.
Heard starred in Paranoia (2013), opposite Harrison Ford, Liam
Hemsworth and Gary Oldman. The film was released by
â€œRelativity Mediaâ€ on August 16,
2013. She also starred in Robert Rodriguezâ€™s
Machete Kills (2013), which was released by
â€œOpen Road Filmsâ€ on March 4, 2013,
and McGâ€™s 3 Days to Kill (2014), opposite Kevin
Costner andHailee Steinfeld, which was released in 2014.
Additionally, her film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006),
which premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, was released by
The Weinstein Co. in theaters in the fall of 2013.
Heard resides in Los Angeles, where she is actively involved
with Amnesty International. In 2015, she married actor Johnny
||(3 FebruaryÂ 2015 â€“
present)Â (filed for divorce)
Trade Mark (1)
Often plays sexualized teenagers (Friday
Night Lights (2004), Alpha Dog (2006), Hidden Palms (2007), Never
Back Down (2008) and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)).
Has been named one of the most beautiful
rising stars by Jane Magazine, shared withKellan Rhude.
Ranked #21 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100
Women of 2008 list.
Father is David C. Heard, a successful
commercial contractor in Austin, Texas.
Has two sisters.
Has a golden teacup Yorkie dog named Pistol,
who was featured alongside Heard for Teen
Hollywoodâ€ issue in October 2009.
Ranked #13 on Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women
of 2010 list.
In December 2010 she â€œcame
outâ€ to the crowd at the 25th anniversary celebration
for GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). She
also told the website www.afterellen.com that for several years,
her romantic partner has been photographer Tasya van Ree. They have
since split up.
Dropped out of school at the age of 17, to
go to New York to start a career in modeling, she then relocated to
Los Angeles to get into acting.
At the age of 16, her best friend died in a
car crash and Heard, who was raised Catholic, subsequently declared
herself an atheist, due to the influence of the works ofAyn Rand
and George Orwell.
Ranked #34 in the 2011 FHM list of
â€œ100 Sexiest Women in the
Ranked #25 in the 2010 FHM UK list of
â€œ100 Sexiest Women in the
Voted #35 on Ask menâ€™s
top 99 â€˜most desirableâ€™ women
She has Scots-Irish (Northern Irish),
English, Irish, German, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.
In a relationship with Johnny Depp.
Engaged to Johnny Depp [January 17,
Charged with two counts of dog smuggling
after illegally bringing her and Johnny Deppâ€™s
dogs to Australia. For the same journey to Australia, she was
charged with producing a false document relating to information on
an incoming passenger card. [July 2015]
Inducted into the Texas Film of Fame on March
6,2014 in Austin, Texas.
Sister of Whitney Heard.
Was a contender for the role of Mystique in
_X-Men: First Class (2011)_.
Personal Quotes (10)
Iâ€™ve worked really hard to
bring something more to â€œpretty
girlâ€ roles over the years. I consider it a
[on transitioning from modeling to acting]
My father persuaded me to take classes, and my first agent in
Austin paid for them. Iâ€™d always wanted to be an
actress. I did it in high school and fell in love with it, but I
was distracted by the modeling industry because I wanted to travel
and get out of my hometown. It was the easier ticket.
[on supposedly â€œcoming
outâ€] First of all, to say I came out implies that I
was once in. Let me be straight about thatâ€“no
pun intended. I never came out from anywhere . . . It
didnâ€™t really affect anything in my career. I
donâ€™t think the producers and directors
Iâ€™ve worked with care one way or another . . . I
donâ€™t want to be labeled as one thing or
another. In the past Iâ€™ve had successful
relationships with men, and now Iâ€™m in this
successful relationship with a woman. When it comes to love I am
totally open. I donâ€™t want to be put into a
category, as in â€œIâ€™m
thisâ€ or â€œIâ€™m
[on her The Rum Diary (2011) character] I
liked the juxtapositionâ€“I liked that she looks
like this archetype of a leading lady, this 1950s
housewife-in-the-making, the kind of iconic symbol of a woman at
that time, this commodity or something that represents the elite
status or rather, what the elite status strives to obtain in life
or what they value in life and she kind of looks like that,
superficially and represents all these things very well on the
surface but yet is not that
underneathâ€“sheâ€™s flawed and
kind of vulnerable and fiercely independent and rebellious and I
relate to a lot of those qualities and like that
sheâ€™s not what she looks like.
Iâ€™ve had amazing,
successful relationships with men, and now I have an amazing,
successful relationship with a woman, and the bottom line is I love
who I love.
We women still make up like one, maybe two
percent of the directors [in Hollywood] and until we make up a
bigger or I guess a more significant majority or proportion of the
filmmakers or until we have a larger stake in the prospective
makers, then we wonâ€™t accurately accomplish that
I donâ€™t take parts because
theyâ€™re for the sexy girl. I take the sexy girl
parts and try to give them something else and make them a
character. I just know that, at some point, you have to choose
between the two. We didnâ€™t take Charlize Theron
seriously until she did Monster (2003) and became physically ugly.
I would love to see women be able to be powerful, complex, smart,
opinionated and taken seriously, even if they are beautiful. Even
more, I would love to see women held to different standards, other
than the superficial ones that weâ€™re held
I am constantly struggling to show people
that there is more to me than my appearance. You do have to try and
overcome those hurdles. Female actresses need to be given the
chance to be more than how they look. Thereâ€™s
two categories for women in Hollywood; youâ€™re
either sexy and thatâ€™s it, or
youâ€™re not and because of that you often get
given better opportunities. You canâ€™t be sexy
and get as many good roles, fact. Itâ€™s so
frustrating to see women compartmentalized in those ways, but
itâ€™s not going to change until the amount of
female filmmakers and producers get to anywhere near being half. So
many female characters and stories are written by men.
Itâ€™s a flawed system.
Iâ€™m looking to find good
stories, not big commercial pieces of work.
The last few years have been non-stop for
me. Iâ€™ve been going from job to job without even
going home in-between jobs for the last year. And
Iâ€™m doing what I love. Iâ€™m
enjoying the perks of the job-the travel. I am having a great time
being a shape shifter and Iâ€™m really getting a
kick out of it. I love my job.
Credit:Â imdb.com,Â â€“ IMDb
Mini Biography By: IMDb Editors