Popular actress Amber Heard is known for many top-notch roles in Hollywood. Aside from her showbiz fame, the actress’s personal life, particularly her martial discord with Johnny Depp, garnered significant media attention. Heard, who was raised with extreme conservative and Orthodox values, it wasn’t easy for her to shatter the societal mold and chase her dream as an actor.

Amber Heard’s parents disapproved her passion

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Amber Heard

Long before Amber Heard’s marital conflicts were making headlines, the actress was described as a shy girl from Taxes. Heard was brought up in a Catholic home in Austin, Texas, by her conservative parents David Clinton Heard and  Patricia Paige Heard. Amber’s father is of Irish descent and works as a contractor and her mother Paige Heard former rodeo queen is of Scottish descent. Amber Heard also has a sister named, Whitney Henriquez.

Hailing from a religiously rigid background, a leap into the entertainment world was quite beyond their earlier imaginings. It’s not uncommon for individuals from restrictive environments to face differences in their opinions when pursuing careers, especially in the entertainment industry, just as Heard’s parents weren’t initially supportive of her acting intentions.

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A photo of Amber Heard with her mother Patricia Paige Heard
Amber Heard with her mother Patricia Paige Heard

In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2013, Amber Heard said that she was the only actor in her entire family, and her parents weren’t pleased with her passion and were quite doubtful of her chances of success.

“My parents, in school, once we’re called in, ask them about me being such an artist, and if can I.. maybe channel that into more productive things, like math or science or something. And my parents were… He has this almost apologetic attitude, like, “We don’t know where she gets this acting thing. She wants to be in the theater. I don’t know. It’s like, We don’t know where she gets it. “

Her father privately told the Daily Mail that her daughter always wanted to be an actor. He added that, for that reason, his daughter dropped out of Catholic school at the age of 16 to pursue her dream. “She wanted this for her career since she was 12 years old, from the time she was a little girl.” Although her family convinced her to return Taxes she left again when she turned 18.

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Amber Heard’s parents now proudly embrace her success

Amber Heard as Mera , Aquaman
Amber Heard as Mera from Aquaman

Amber Heard initially began her career as a model and gained recognition for advertising campaigns and magazine features. Soon after, she transitioned to acting and landed in several top-tier movies, including Pineapple Express and Never Back Down. She also starred in Zombieland, The Stepfather, and The Rum Diary alongside Johnny Depp. Her fame was further solidified when she acted in DC’s highest-grossing movie, Aquaman.

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Amber Heard with her father David Clinton Heard in an award show
Amber Heard with her father David Clinton Heard

It didn’t take so much time for her parents to realize their daughter’s talents and dedication to the future. In the interview, David Heard expressed his happiness for his daughter “extremely proud” of his daughter, and that she is “living her dream.”

Paige Heard has said that she is “incredibly proud” of Amber and all that she has accomplished. On May 2020 Heard’s mother Paige Heard passed away at the age of 63. She took to Instagram to mourn her loss by sharing her old memories.

Amber Heard will be reprising the role of Mera in the upcoming DCEU’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

Source: Vanity Fair and Daily Mail

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