Amber Heard Opens Up for the First Time About Her Marriage to Johnny Depp: "Nothing Is a Dramatic Change"

Actress also talks to Elle about the dearth of female roles in Hollywood

By Zach Johnson Jun 09, 2015 2:30 PMTags
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Amber Heard loves married life.

The 29-year-old actress married Johnny Depptwice!—in February, and for the first time ever, she discusses their marriage in Elle's July issue. "Nothing is a dramatic change. We've been together for a long time now, so it's been a fairly organic process," Heard insists. "I have a fiercely independent spirit."

Regarding her husband, she adds, "I fall in love again and again."

Heard is hesitant to tell the magazine too much more about her personal life, as she'd prefer to keep that part of her life private. "The thing that really scares me is the potential of losing my freedom," the star says of becoming increasingly famous. "I never want for my life to lose the ability to transverse the world, with freedom and ease—the freedom and ease I have worked so hard to acquire for myself."

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Additionally, Heard would rather talk about her career than her relationship.

Being beautiful and married to one the biggest stars in the world might sound like a dream come true, but it presents a unique set of challenges. "I feel like I'm constantly fighting against my exterior, or this exterior presentation of myself because of how I look or perhaps because of who I'm with," Heard says.

The actress is also bothered by the dearth of female roles in Hollywood.

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"I get a stack of scripts, like, once a month, and most of the time, you find these placeholder girls that are there to provide a bounce for the male character. So we know he's funny because she's serious and she's mad at him. We know he's strong because she needs saving. So really her job is to validate this personality trait of our hero or male," says Heard, who stars in Magic Mike XXL alongside Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Channing Tatum. "I mean, we're trying to imitate life, and it seems to me a deeply saddening injustice that we are so uncreative and uninterested in developing representations of female life."

Elle's July issue is available digitally and in select cities on June 16.

The magazine hits newsstands nationwide June 23.