Though coming out as bisexual back in 2010 was a natural move for Amber Heard, the actress opened up on Thursday about the major backlash she received from Hollywood executives.
“I just answered honestly,” she recalled about the GLAAD event which she attended with then-girlfriend Tasya van Ree.
Despite receiving praise from fans around the world, Heard failed to foresee the backlash from Hollywood heavyweights. “I could tell by the look on this person’s face it was a big deal. My poor publicist,” she recalled at The Economist’s Pride & Prejudice event in New York City.
“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,” she said.
According to executives, this new “label” threatened her ability to play up to her “it” girl status and would ultimately harm her career. “As a leading lady, there’s a certain amount of wish fulfillment,” she continued. “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 then, Heard’s steadfast attitude has helped her land some of the biggest parts in Hollywood, including roles in the award-winning “The Danish Girl”, and the upcoming “Justice League” and “Aquaman”.
“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,” she said. “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.”