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Amber Heard: Johnny Depp challenges the system

Amber Heard chooses movie roles that don’t demean or demoralise women.

Actress Amber Heard believes husband Johnny Depp has the ability to change the Hollywood system.

The 29 year old tied the knot with the Edward Scissorhands actor on 3 February this year (15) after originally meeting him on the set of their 2011 film The Rum Diary. Amber has a great deal of respect for her husband and his body of work, and believes he is the man who can shake up an ageing Hollywood system, where gender and pay inequality has become a huge talking point.

“I think that it takes people like him who have the ability to change and challenge this very old and tired system,” she told C magazine. “And I think he and I are looking for our own ways to do that. I want to see him get behind the camera and direct.”

Amber is just as ambitious as her spouse, and with so many of her peers speaking up about the need for equal pay, including The Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence and Sienna Miller, Amber is determined to do her bit too.

“When I make those movies, I will pay women as much as I pay my male actors,” she insisted.

Until she makes her directorial debut though, Amber will continue to focus on choosing the right roles.

“(I choose) stories that don’t demean and demoralise women into these objectified roles, and more adequately represent female life in our minute complications and edges,” she said.

One such role was her character in the much-anticipated The Danish Girl, which co-stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, a man who transitions to become a woman.

"I play Oola Paulson, a ballet dancer who was one of the very few people who wasn't shocked by Eddie's character's transformation,” she previously explained to US OK! Magazine. “A film like this can break down a lot of taboos and misconceptions, and I'm very proud to be a part of it.”

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