Ever since the beginning of Hollywood, movies, films, and the crazy obsession with celebrities, stars have become "known" for their looks and whoever they are dating, married to, or divorcing. From to time to time, they'll even be recognized for their talents and real-life good deeds. However, the superficialness needs to change, and many celebs agree, especially when it comes to women in the entertainment industry. For example, Amber Heard believes women are more than their looks and relationships, as she explained in the July 2015 issue of Elle.
After being asked how it feels to always be put in "a Barbie box," Heard responded, "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."
Is she a beautiful woman? Absolutely. Is Heard married to Johnny Depp and constantly noticed for her relationship to Captain Jack Sparrow? Yes, and this comes with the territory of fame, but that doesn't mean that it's only thing that defines Heard or makes up who she is as a woman and an individual.
The actress has starred in many films that showcase her talents, and will star in the upcoming Magic Mike XXL and The Danish Girl, so why can't others see past her exterior to focus on her interior, intelligence, and successes? Sadly, this is something women of Hollywood, and in general, deal with on a daily basis.
This isn't the first time Heard has spoken against being objectified and constantly being recognized as only a sex symbol. While chatting with IndieWire in 2015, she said, "It's incredibly frustrating that a system is in place where you have to choose one or the other. I should not have to choose to be taken seriously or to be beautiful." Amen, Amber. Amen.
Like with IndieWire, she also opened up to Elle about the lack of creative and interesting roles for females. She said,
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. 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.
Heard, never change and keep on with your bad self. If you were ever in need of an empowering role model, she is a great one to look to.
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