Amber Heard Ditches Acting Career, “Quits” Hollywood

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Amber Heard in 'Aquaman'

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After seven years of drama, bad press, and legal trouble, it seems like actress Amber Heard is officially ditching Hollywood.

Professionally known for her work in Aquaman (2016) and its upcoming sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2023), as well as Pineapple Express (2008), Zombieland (2009), and Magic Mike XXL (2015), Heard’s name started cropping up more in the media after the dissolution of her relationship with former husband Johnny Depp in 2016.

Amber Heard as Mera
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Heard and Depp originally met on the set of The Rum Diary (2011). They allegedly started dating in 2012 before being married in a civil ceremony in February 2015.

In 2016, Heard filed for both a divorce and a restraining order against Depp, claiming that she was a victim of domestic violence and filed for. The pair’s divorce became official in 2017, with Depp filing a libel lawsuit against News Group Newspapers the following year when it described him as a “wife beater.”

Amber Heard with her daughter in Joshua Tree
Credit: Amber Heard via Instagram

While Depp lost his lawsuit, he later filed a defamation case against Heard herself in 2022 over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post about her position as a female victim of sexual violence and domestic abuse. Depp claimed that Heard herself was an abuser, Heard filed a counterclaim, and what resulted was possibly the most publicized trial of the year – one that Depp ultimately won.

Since then, the internet has witnessed multiple #JusticeForJohnnyDepp movements as fans try to restore Depp’s career. The actor was forced to step down from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in the Harry Potter spinoff series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as being ditched by Disney as Captain Jack Sparrow.

amber heard during the defamation trial
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At the same time, fans have called for Heard to lose her role of Meera in Aquaman, in which her character serves as the main love interest for the titular hero played by Jason Momoa.

Now, however, it seems like Heard is taking herself out of the equation entirely. A report from the Daily Mail claims that Heard has quit Hollywood and moved from the United States to Spain.

“I can reveal that Heard has quit Hollywood and quietly relocated to Spain with her young daughter Oonagh,” the Daily Mail’s Alison Boshoff wrote on Thursday.

Having spoken to a friend of Heard’s, she explained: “She’s bilingual in Spanish and is happy there, raising her daughter away from all the noise.”

Amber Heard as Mera (left) gazing at Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry (right) in 'Aquaman'
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Leaving Los Angeles inevitably means a pause in Heard’s acting career. As of May 2023, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and the currently-undated In the Fire are Heard’s only upcoming films, with both already in post-production.

However, that doesn’t mean she’s left Hollywood for good. The friend of Heard’s told Boshoff: “I don’t think she is in any hurry to return to work or to Hollywood, but she will probably come back when the time is right, for the right project.”

Rumors recently suggested that Heard had had conversations about starring in Margot Robbie’s female reboot of Pirates of the Caribbean. Could the “right project” see Heard stepping into Depp’s abandoned pirate boots? Keep a weather eye on the horizon. 

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