"I got myself that role by auditioning. That's how that works," Heard retorted.
Ever since Amber Heard took the stand two weeks ago, things have been getting intense. The 36-year-old has testified about the alleged abuses she experienced during her marriage to Depp. Recalling the first time she was "physically hit" by her ex-husband, she said that it was something she could never forget because "it changed my life." Depp's lawyers have been brutal with the cross-examination, something that has been pleasing his fans who have ardently been following the proceedings online.
Heard took the stand again earlier this week. Camille Vasquez, the "star" attorney on Depp's legal team left the actress baffled with her question. "Mr. Depp got you that role in Aquaman didn't he?" she asked Heard. "Excuse me?" Heard responded prompting Vasquez to repeat the question. "No, Ms. Vasquez. I got myself that role by auditioning. That's how that works," Heard retorted. Heard plays the role of Mera in Aquaman. In 2018, she spoke to Collider about how Zack Snyder had pitched her the role of Mera as "a warrior queen."
"Mera’s her own woman. She’s her own superhero. She’s not Aquawoman. She’s Mera," she had said. " I don’t want to be a damsel, I’ve played a range of characters, as diverse as I’ve been able to. Being a woman, especially a bit of a young woman in this industry, raising myself in this industry, it’s been limited, but I’ve done the most with what I can, especially considering that. The one thing, the one element they all have in common is that they’re driven or powerful in their own right." She had before this appeared in Justice League as Mera as well.
During her testimony Heard also stated, "I fought really hard to stay in the movie. They didn't want to include me in the film." This was in reference to the public outrage and petition demanding Heard be removed from her role as Mera. She explained that she had a three-film deal starting with 2017's Justice League, with her pay increasing with each subsequent DC film. According to the contracts presented in court, she was paid $1 million upfront for Aquaman and $2 million for the sequel. Both films also came with potential bonuses for box office performance. She stated that following the "hoax" comments and headlines, the studio nearly stopped all communication with her. Her role also became "very pared down" in the sequel.
Vasquez also proceeded to claim that Heard was jealous of Depp's successful career. "You were the jealous one in this relationship weren't you, Ms. Heard?" she asked based on an audio clip in which Depp can be heard saying, "Your jealousy is so tragic." Heard explained, "I think he was indicating I was jealous of his career," adding, "Johnny's always been very jealous. When I worked, when I did anything. Yes, he's always been jealous." Heard has accused Depp of being jealous before this as well.
During the defamation trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez asked jurors to examine the knife Heard bought for Depp in 2012. Heard, best known for her role in 'Aquaman,' testified that Depp had already become violent toward her by that time pic.twitter.com/PbPdbglQ9L— Reuters (@Reuters) May 18, 2022