|Amber Laura Heard
|36 (born 1986)
|L’Oreal, Guess Fragrance
No doubt you will have heard about the recently concluded case of Amber Heard versus Johnny Depp. The case was based upon charges of domestic violence and sexual abuse, as claimed by Heard. However, in response, Johnny Depp has stated that he has never struck a woman, and in fact claimed reverse abuse by Heard upon him.
A statement by their marriage counselor has confirmed that in fact both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were equally guilty of abuse. The Court finally awarded both compensation. Depp walked away with a total of $15 million, while Heard got $2 million.
Estimates by Celebrity Net Worth and other channels estimates Amber Heard’s net worth to be $2.5 million in 2022. An actress by profession, Heard has acted in films like The Rum Diary, Never Back Down, Drive Angry and Aquaman. She is also starring in the sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Amber Heard’s birth date is 22 April 1986. Amber’s father was in the construction industry. Amber’s mother used to research in cyberspace. She also has a sister called Whitney.
Amber has loved hunting and fishing in her youth. Her father loved training horses. Amber also took part in beauty contests while growing up. Catholic by faith, Amber turned Atheist after her friend died in a car crash.
Amber was bored with the slow paced Texan lifestyle in her home town of Austin, Texas and decided to explore careers in modeling and acting. To this end, she left school at 17 and moved to New York City. Due to her confidence and earlier participation in beauty pageants, she did find work as a model in New York. However, she was still not satisfied and ultimately moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the acting profession.
Hits and Misses
Although Amber first appeared in music videos by crooners Kenny Chesney and Eisley, the first movie in which she had a leading role was The Boys Love Mandy Lane. This was followed up by Pineapple Express and Never Back Down. She also appeared in The Joneses (2008) and Zombieland (2009), both of which were commercial successes.
Meanwhile, Amber has also starred in TV series such as Californication and a few episodes of Criminal Minds. She has also appeared in the TV shows Jack & Bobby, The Mountain, and The O.C. 2004’s Friday Night Lights was Amber’s initial appearance in a film. The success of this movie helped Amber build some notoriety in the film world. Amber then further starred in acting roles in the acclaimed movie flicks Drop Dead Sexy, North Country, Side FX, Price to Pay, You Are Here, and Alpha Dog.
Among the films that this model and actress has starred in, we would have to include the series Hidden Palms and the movie Remember the Daze. Unfortunately, these did not do much to further her acting career. The TV series Hidden Palms was cancelled after just eight episodes. Similarly Remember the Daze received very poor reviews and was panned by critics.
In addition to this, Amber Heard has starred in mostly independent films such as Exterminators, The River Why, and And Soon the Darkness. She has also lent her name to the horror films The Stepfather and The Ward.
Marriage and Thereafter
In 2010, Amber Heard was cast as the love interest of Johnny Depp in the film The Rum Diary. They dated off set later and this ultimately led to their marriage. However the union fizzled out after a little more than a year of their being together.
The film The Rum Diary was adapted from a book of the same name by Hunter Thompson. However the film did not get positive reviews and in fact tanked at the box office. Other Amber Heard starrers that failed to make an impact at this time were titles like Paranoia, Syrup and Machete Kills.
The recently concluded Court case in Virginia resulted from Amber’s op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018, when she claimed she was a celebrity symbol for violence against women, presumably perpetrated by Johnny Depp. Depp felt deeply offended and vilified by this character assassination, and it finally culminated in a legal battle between the two over wrongful defamation.
While Depp filed a claim for $50 million against Heard, the latter in turn countered with a defamation claim of $100 million against her former husband.
Depp has also filed a defamation case against the British tabloid The Sun, which has unceremoniously labeled him as a ‘wife beater’.
The year 2016 saw Amber Heard start divorce proceedings against Johnny Depp. The actress and model celebrity alleged that she had been the victim of domestic abuse during their relationship. After the divorce was finalized, Amber Heard received $7 million in settlement from Johnny Depp. Amber did not want to keep this amount and pledged to donate the settlement to charitable organizations. However she did not fulfill this promise as specified. Depp’s lawyers found that neither the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, nor the ACLU had received the full amounts pledged by the actress and model in their favor. In return, Amber Heard stated that she was facing a financial crisis.
The year 2011 saw the release of Drive Angry and the NBC series, The Playboy Club. The first was a box office crash, while the second was discontinued after running for just three episodes.
The film London Fields in 2015 was a big disaster. In addition to being a commercial failure, Amber was also sued for unsupervised changes in the movie script, and for not completing some of the voice overs for the film. The final cut of the movie was also not appreciated by the acting crew.
2015 also saw Amber Heard acting as the supporting character in Magic Mike XXL, which was a crowd pleaser. This was followed up by The Danish Girl and The Adderall Diaries. She has also acted in One More Time with Christopher Walken. She had to learn to sing and play the piano and guitar to bag this role.
Amber expanded her reach in 2017 with the comedy I Do… Until I Don’t and was also cast as Mera in the film Justice League. 2018 saw her get a role in Aquaman, and she will also act in the sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.
Other than this, Amber is also the brand ambassador for L’Oreal and Guess Fragrances. The earnings from promoting these brands also add to her net worth.
Amber Heard has also been vocal in her support of LGBTQ rights.
Opinion on Defamation Judgment
Amber was not happy with the judgment in the case against Johnny Depp and may find difficulty in posting a security prior to appealing the judgment. The required amount would be $10.35 million, which her solicitors say she would find it difficult to finance.
In case she cannot find an insurer to cover this amount, Amber could also file for bankruptcy. If she successfully files for insolvency, she would be able to avoid the compensatory portion of the judgment.
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Estimates for Annual Salary and Incomes from Endorsements
In the recently concluded defamation case of Johnny Depp versus Amber Heard, the actress testified that she had earned as much as $10 million in the time period of 2013 to 2019. This figure given by Heard reflects her combined pre-tax earnings from all financial sources such as salaries and endorsements. She has also revealed that her highest annual income was in 2019 when she earned a total of $3 million. Heard’s annualized salary income has been estimated at $1 million.
In terms of future or planned earnings, the actress revealed that she had a four picture deal consummated with Warner Brothers. Amber was paid $450,000 for the first movie with the firm, while she earned $1 million for her first Aquaman movie. Amber has since been guaranteed an income of $2 million for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, while she would get an estimated amount of between $3 million and $4 million if ever a third Aquaman film was put in the works.
Evidence obtained during the Court case revealed that Amber was paid a total of $200,000 per episode for the nine episode series called ‘The Stand.’ This amounts to a total payout of $1.8 million for the entire series.
Amber also verified that she had a two year contract with the L’Oreal’ makeup brand, for just over $1.6 million. Amazingly, this was expected to take up no more than 20 days of Amber’s time. At the present time, Amber Heard seems to be at new crossroads in her career. Only time will tell what will become of this actress and model in the future. Whatever the result, it cannot be denied that Amber Heard has earned her own claim to fame. She is a world famous celebrity and will continue to remain so.