Amber Heard spoke at the “Making Change On and Off the Screen” panel at SXSW where she said her parents had a hard time understanding she was bisexual.
The “Aquaman” actress said that anything outside the “binary system” of positive or negative, her parents couldn’t process.
“I am from Austin, Texas. My dad is out of central casting Texan. Good Southern man and I was raised in a religious home,” she said. “And being an outspoken lesbian, atheist, vegetarian, I remember when I told them about my relationship, that I was in love with this woman, and at the beginning of that it was just tears, tears.”
Heard was with her girlfriend, Tasya van Ree for four years before they split in 2012. She then married Johnny Depp in 2015, but the marriage only lasted 15 months. She was also linked with Tesla founder, Elon Musk.
“They didn’t know how to process it because, for them, it was being thrown into a binary system of processing it, negative or positive,” Heard, 32, added.
She didn’t want to admit that her family was having problems but noticed how over the years her parents adjusted.
“Five years later, I was getting an award, and I asked my parents to drive out to Dallas. And I see them sitting front and centre and here I am getting this ‘gay’ award… My parents in five years, look at the journey. Attitudes and hearts can change.”
Heard came out in 2010 at an event hosted by GLAAD and felt the impact of being bi-sexual had on her career.
“It did impact my career, it was difficult. It was not easy,” she said at The Economist’s Pride & Prejudice Summit in 2017. “I was the only one working in this way, so it was definitely difficult because no one had done it. I did that even though everyone told me it would end my career, without a doubt.”