Amber Heard, who recently appeared in “The Danish Girl,”opened up about gender and sexuality prejudices in an interview with The Independent last week.
Heard, 29, plays a close friend of Eddie Redmayne’s character Lili Elbe who becomes aware of Elbe’s transition in the beginning. Off screen, the actress identifies as bisexual.
Heard’s bisexuality came into the public eye in 2o10 while she was dating artist Tasya van Ree. Heard married Johnny Depp, 52, last year. She went on to explain that she didn’t want her sexuality erased from her identity nor to be seen as just bisexual.
“I don’t want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be,” Heard told The Independent. “But I don’t want to have to be defined by it.”
She went on to say prejudice against LGBT people could be changed with exposure.
“The one way we will achieve change in a positive direction towards accepting people for who they are and looking beyond superficial means to judge people instead of falling prey to our prejudices and our tribal instincts towards fear… the only way we’re going to get over that is by being familiarized with it, by being exposed to it,” Heard says.
Heard went on to say she believes learning would help ease those tensions.
“I’ve said this before but education is the antidote to prejudice,” Heard says.