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Amber Laura Heard is an American actress and model.

Biography

Heard was born and raised in Austin, Texas, to David, a contractor, and Paige, a state Internet researcher. She attended St. Michael's Catholic Academy in Austin until her junior year, when she left to pursue an acting career. As a teenager, Heard was active in the school drama department and also appeared in local commercials and campaigns. At sixteen years old, her best friend died in a car crash and Heard, who was raised Catholic, subsequently declared herself an atheist after being introduced to the works of Ayn Rand by her then-boyfriend, also dropping out of school and going to New York City, New York, to start a career in modeling. She then moved to Los Angeles, California, to start her acting career. Once in Los Angeles, Heard made several appearances in various TV shows as well as two music videos. She was cast in the pilot episode of Jack & Bobby and an episode of The Mountain, and also had a brief cameo appearance as a salesgirl in The O.C.. Her first role in a movie was in Friday Night Lights. She next starred in Side FX, an indie horror film, and also acquired supporting roles in Drop Dead Sexy, Price to Pay, and You Are Here. Heard received more prominent parts in North Country and Alpha Dog. In 2006, she starred in an episode of Criminal Minds.

Heard was next cast in the CW Network Hidden Palms as Greta Matthews, who suffered the losses of both her mother and boyfriend Eddie, and befriends Johnny, the show's antihero character. In order to land the part, Heard was asked to lose weight; it took her about four months between the pilot and the second episode to lose 25 pounds. As a result, she gave up alcohol, increased her workouts, and followed a macrobiotic diet, in which she didn't eat meat, dairy, or processed sugar. Hidden Palms premiered in the U.S. on May 30, 2007, but The CW wrapped the series early, with only eight episodes aired. She was next cast in the titular role in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a horror film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006. It immediately garnered buzz and helped her land a deal with Harvey Weinstein. However, nearly a year after its debut in Toronto, the movie hadn't reached theaters. In July 2007, Mandy Lane was able to find a distribution studio and the film was released in 2008. In 2007, Heard appeared in the short movie Day 73 with Sarah and also the indie drama Remember the Daze (changed to The Beautiful Ordinary in 2008), the latter of which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and opened in limited release on April 2008. She then appeared in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy Pineapple Express and the martial arts drama Never Back Down, both of which were released in 2008 back-to-back. The latter opened in March.

Heard also made a brief appearance in the Showtime series Californication and joined the ensemble cast of The Informers, which was based on Bret Easton Ellis's novel of the same title and was released in 2009. She also starred in the horror film The Stepfather and the comedy film Ex-Terminators back-to-back in 2008 while promoting Never Back Down, Mandy Lane, and Remember the Daze. In late 2008, she starred in The River Why and The Joneses, both independent features. At the beginning of 2009, The Informers made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, garnering mostly negative reviews. She next appeared in Zombieland, The Ward, and The Rum Diary. In 2010, she starred in and produced And Soon the Darkness. In February 2010, Heard starred in Drive Angry, a 3-D action thriller that was released in February 2011. That same time, she appeared on Top Gear in the UK.

In 2015, Heard had a prominent supporting role in the comedy-drama Magic Mike XXL, playing the love interest of the film's protagonist, Channing Tatum. Like its predecessor, the film was a large box office success.

In 2017, Heard appeared as part of an ensemble cast in Lake Bell's indie comedy I Do... Until I Don't and joined the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) cast as Mera, Aquaman's Atlantean queen, in the superhero film Justice League. She reprised the role the following year in Aquaman (2018), which co-starred Jason Momoa, Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe and marked Heard's first major role in a studio film. She has stated that one of the reasons attracting her to the part was Mera being "a strong, independent, self-possessed superhero in her own right", who rejects being called Aquawoman instead of by her own name. Aquaman became the fifth most profitable release of 2018, and the most profitable DCEU installment up to that point. The same year, Heard was appointed global ambassador for cosmetics giant L'Oréal Paris.

In 2019, Heard had supporting roles in the independent dramas Her Smell, opposite Elisabeth Moss, and Gully. Her only project released in 2020 was the post-apocalyptic miniseries The Stand, based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. She starred as Nadine Cross, a school teacher who is among the few survivors of an apocalyptic plague. It co-starred James Marsden, Odessa Young, Alexander Skarsgård and Henry Zaga, and premiered on CBS All Access in December 2020, with the series finale airing in February 2021. In 2021, Heard reprised her role as Mera in the superhero film Zack Snyder's Justice League, a director's cut of the 2017 film. She will next appear in the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the sequel to Aquaman, which began filming in summer 2021 and is set for release in late 2022.

Heard was in a relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree from 2008 to 2012. Heard and Johnny Depp began dating in 2012 and were married in a civil ceremony in February 2015, then Heard filed for divorce from Depp in May 2016. A settlement was reached in August 2016, and the divorce was finalized in January 2017. Following her divorce from actor Johnny Depp in 2017, Heard dated tech entrepreneur Elon Musk for a year, until early 2018. In 2020, she began dating cinematographer Bianca Butti.

In July 2021, Heard announced that she had welcomed a daughter, Oonagh Paige Heard (born April 8, 2021), via surrogate.

On Criminal Minds

Heard portrayed actress and Reid's love interest Lila Archer, who was also the object of extreme affection for a murderous stalker, who appeared in "Somebody's Watching".

Filmography

  • Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2022) as Mera
  • Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) as Mera
  • The Stand (2020–2021) as Nadine Cross
  • Gully (2019) as Mera
  • Aquaman (2018) as Mera
  • London Fields (2018) as Nicola Six
  • Justice League (2017) as Mera
  • The Danish Girl (2015) as Ulla Paulson
  • Magic Mike XXL (2015) as Zoe
  • The Adderall Diaries (2015) as Lana Edmond
  • 3 Days to Kill (2014) as Agent Vivi Delay
  • Machete Kills (2013) as Miss San Antonio
  • Paranoia (2013) as Emma Jennings
  • Syrup (2013) as Six
  • The Rum Diary (2011) as Chenault
  • The Playboy Club (2011) as Maureen (7 episodes)
  • Drive Angry (2011) as Piper
  • And Soon the Darkness (2010) as Stephanie
  • The Ward (2010) as Kristen
  • The River Why (2010) as Eddy
  • The Stepfather (2009) as Kelly Porter
  • Zombieland (2009) as 406
  • The Joneses (2008) as Jenn Jones
  • Ex-Terminators (2009) as Nikki
  • The Informers (2008) as Christie
  • Pineapple Express (2008) as Angie Anderson
  • Never Back Down (2008) as Baja Miller
  • Californication (2007) as Amber
  • Hidden Palms (2007) as Greta Matthews (8 episodes)
  • Remember the Daze (2007) as Julia Ford
  • Day 73 with Sarah (2007) as Mary (short)
  • Spin (2007) as Amber
  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) as Mandy Lane
  • Criminal Minds - "Somebody's Watching" (2006) TV episode - Lila Archer
  • Alpha Dog (2006) as Alma
  • The Prince (2006) as Serena
  • Price to Pay (2006) as Trish
  • North Country (2005) as Young Josey
  • Drop Dead Sexy (2005) as Candy
  • The O.C. (2005) as Salesgirl
  • SideFX (2005) as Shay
  • The Mountain (2004) as Riley
  • Friday Night Lights (2004) as Maria
  • Jack & Bobby (2004) as Liz

Producer

  • And Soon the Darkness (2010) - Co-Producer

External Links

For an up-to-date filmography, see here.

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