Amber Heard is living proof of the difficulty of being a woman in Hollywood.
The 32-year-old actress is on the cover of the January 2019 issue of Glamour, and in an interview with the magazine she discusses her struggles in the industry.
“I’ve done the best I could without the luxury of being picky,” she says of being offered roles that play to her sex appeal. “There’s an implicit apology expected of me for my participation in feminine beauty but I can’t play into this false narrative that my sexuality is mutually exclusive from my power… my sexuality, my femininity, in whatever way I want to express it, is mine and my own.”
Heard also still finds herself encountering inequality between men and women: “We get paid less as women and we end up spending more time on set because of hair and makeup demands… we’re working in an inherently flawed system.”
In 2016, Heard filed a restraining order against ex-husband Johnny Depp, accusing the actor of verbal and physical abuse.
“When a woman comes forward, she will be met with skepticism, hostility, and shame,” Heard says of being a survivor of abuse. “All a man has to do is point to an incentive. He will. Or society will.
“My job provides me with a platform. Silence is complacency.”