Amber Heard is staying focused on the things that lift her up, like Tex-Mex food, chocolate and red wine in the wake of her bone-crushing divorce from actor Johnny Depp, which made her a tabloid headline for months.
“If you’re not going to enjoy life, there’s no point in eating a certain way and working out and doing all the things actors do to manipulate how we look—and how the world looks at us,” she tells Shape magazine, reflecting her outlook on life post divorce.
Fortunately, Heard is back on the big screen with a new feature, “Aquaman.” It hits theaters in the heart of the holiday movie season, Dec. 21, and has blockbuster written all over it.
She plays Mera, the underwater warrior, and had to train for the role. But now she feels like she’s in the best shape of her life. She explains her “Aquaman” routine:
“I did six months of rigorous training. It was a lot of weight and strength training, as well as special martial arts training. By the end, I was working out for five-hours a day. But when I’m not preparing for a movie, I have more freedom, and I incorporate my workout into my life so that I enjoy it and it doesn’t feel like an obligation. I like running, because it’s a way for me to alleviate stress, clear my mind, and refocus. Plus, I can do it anywhere. I travel so much that it’s invaluable to me to have something that keeps me healthy and feeling good no matter where I am.”
for a time in her 20s, Heard was a Hollywood wild child. She proudly proclaimed her bisexuality in 2010 while still a rising star and had a long-term relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree from 2008 to 2012.
After they broke up, she began a whirlwind romance with Depp who is 25 years her senior. She broke up his long-term relationship with French singer and model Vanessa Paradis, and they married in 2015. But the union was apparently tempestuous.
The split in 2016. She claimed Depp was both physically and mentally abusive and produced photos of her bruised face to prove it plus a damaging video showing one of Depp’s drunken tirades. The divorce followed a year later.
In March she was spotted at a “flirty dinner” with Sean Penn, who is also known to have anger management issues and a 25-year age difference.
Before that she was involved in an on-again, off-again relationship with mogul Elon Musk.
She says she’s learned a few things from her peripatetic lifestyle. “Where I come from is not so much about a geographical place that you can point to on a map. It’s my roots, my foundation, what makes me who I am. We are all the sum of our experiences and memories and how we choose to apply them or not,” she explains.
Now that she’s 30, and mostly outgrown her wild-child youth, she says she’s looking forward to something more from her life.
“It’s so important to me to help others. I focus on human rights, such as speaking up on behalf of immigrant families around the U.S. border, or migrants in the Middle East who are among the hundreds of thousands in refugee camps, or the kids at a children’s hospital who are fighting for their lives, or the women who might not have a voice to stand up for themselves, especially when it comes to violence.”
These days, she’s working with the U.N. Human Rights Office and works as an advocate for the Syrian American Medical Society, accompanying them on medical missions.
“I’ve had an amazing life, and I’ve had the good fortune to have some amazing people come into my life. Even the ones who were less easy or less traditional were important in making me the woman I am today,” she says.
“I’m very lucky for the relationships I’ve had. They have given me the muscle and heart to do what I do.”
Check out her photos to see why she’s one of Hollywood’s leading sirens and the video below. For more on the interview, check out Shape online