Amber Heard has never been afraid of discussing her bisexuality.
During a panel at The Economist’s second annual Pride and Prejudice event in New York Thursday, the actress again candidly addressed the issue and recalled the first time she publicly talked about her sexual orientation back in 2010.
The 30-year-old said:
"I just answered honestly [when After Ellen asked about my sexuality]. I could tell by the look on this person’s face it was a big deal. My poor publicist. Then I realized the gravity of what I had done and why so many people—studio execs, agents, advisors—did not want this coming before my name. I became attached to a label. I’ve never seen myself defined by the person I’m with. I saw myself being in this unique position and having a unique responsibility. So, I bit the bullet."
The truth is the actress had never hid her orientation from friends and family, so to be told to keep it a secret felt foreign and uncomfortable to her. She explained:
"I was always out. I was an activist. I went to protests. I was never in. I was in a relationship and I never hid it and then my career and my life started to change…"
The Justice League star was advised to keep her bisexuality a secret, basically to keep herself "available" to her fans. She revealed:
"As a leading lady, there’s a certain amount of wish fulfillment. I was asked ‘How is anyone going to invest in you romantically if they think you’re unavailable?’ I said, ‘Watch me do it.’"
She definitely proved the overly cautious wrong as she’s been working steadily since 2010 with roles in The Rum Diary, Magic Mike XXL, The Danish Girl, and will be starring in the upcoming Justice League and Aqua Man.
So, yeah, she’s doing just fine!
Amber also admitted how happy she is that other actresses have been revealing themselves as gender fluid in recent years, saying:
"I stand here now amongst many of my romantic leading lady peers who are out and fluid. I’m one of many now, and I’m working."
She obviously feels strongly that coming out is important and a boon to storytelling, as it presents a challenge to the status quo. She said:
"If we’re meant to reflect the world around us, the whole point of telling stories and reaching audiences is to challenge the status quo, to push the envelope. Not just to meet the status quo. We’re in a unique position to do this. We need to be actively pushing."
On a final note, the actress seemed to encourage others to come out as well, saying:
"If every gay man that I know personally in Hollywood came out tomorrow, then this would be a non-issue in a month. We have a long way to go."
We thank you for doing your part, girl! Keep fighting for LGBTQ rights!