Amber Heard has always been open about being bisexual.
Heard told The Economist that prior to acting, she had always been open with her family and friends, who didn’t think much about it. However, once her film career took off everything changed.
Heard first went public with her sexuality while on Ellen in 2010. She recalls,
“I just answered honestly. I could tell by the look on this person’s face it was a big deal. My poor publicist. Then I realized the gravity of what I had done and why so many people—studio execs, agents, advisors—did not want this coming before my name. I became attached to a label. I’ve never seen myself defined by the person I’m with, as I saw myself being in this unique position and having a unique responsibility. So, I bit the bullet.”
But what she didn’t expect was that many would see Heard’s coming out as a negative thing. Many told her that having the word “bisexual” attached to her name would be problematic.
“I was asked ‘How is anyone going to invest in you romantically if they think you’re unavailable?’ I said, ‘Watch me do it.'”
Since coming out, Heard has had a booming career all while standing up for LGBTQ rights. Since finalizing her divorce to ex-husband Johnny Depp, Heard has even seen more people coming out as fluid and proud.
“I stand here now amongst many of my romantic leading lady peers who are out and fluid, I’m one of many now, and I’m working.”
Although Amber Heard has received a lot of positivity about women at the forefront of the LGBTQ fight in Hollywood, she still thinks they have a long way to go.
“If every gay man that I know personally in Hollywood came out tomorrow, then this would be a non-issue in a month. We have a long way to go.”
Heard is continuing her fight for the LGBTQ community and is going to be in The Justice League this year.