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Amber Heard enjoyed a burgeoning acting career before sitting in court during her bitter defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp. Heard and Depp worked together on two movies, including The Rum Diary, where they met. Heard achieved a new level of acting fame after that movie, but she also paused her acting before to the screen. When she returned, Heard and director Robert Rodriguez teamed up, and she once revealed what she loved about his approach to movie-making.

Amber Heard at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards; Robert Rodriguez at the 2019 premiere of 'Red 11' at SXSW. Heard once said she loves Rodriguez's approach to filmmaking.
(l-r) Amber Heard; Robert Rodriguez | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Amber Heard and Robert Rodriguez teamed up on ‘Machete Kills’

Heard and Depp starred in The Rum Diary, which came out in October 2011, but we didn’t see Heard on screen again until 2013. 

She produced and starred in Syrup and acted alongside Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, and Harrison Ford in Paranoia. Heard’s third movie of 2013 was the Robert Rodriguez-directed (and produced and written and edited) Machete Kills.

Heard has one of the top billings in a loaded cast that includes Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Lady Gaga, Sofia Vergara, Michelle Rodriguez, and Antonio Banderas. That remains the only time Heard and Rodriguez worked together, but she once said she loved his style of movie-making.

Heard once said Rodriguez ‘doesn’t care,’ and that’s what she loves about his style

Heard once said she loves the more challenging aspects of acting. Defending line readings and standing up for character choices are part of the daily struggle she enjoys. The Aquaman actor indicated Rodriguez operates the same way — but he spares the actors.

During a 2013 interview with Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith, Heard said Rodriguez holds true to his vision, which is what she loves about his movie-making style.

“I love … his irreverent, balls-out approach to filmmaking. He doesn’t care if it’s not physically possible. He doesn’t care about the normal kind of backroom tradeoffs that most directors or filmmakers have to make with producers and financiers and such. You get a sense working with him that it’s just his idea, it’s his vision, it’s his show. He’s willing to collaborate with other artists, actors, but no one else.”

Amber Heard

The creative confrontation is what Heard loves about acting. According to Heard, Rodriguez has no issue battling for what he believes in while making his movies. 

Heard loves Rodriguez’s style, and he’s not the only person in Hollywood she admires.

Heard hopes to follow Angelina Jolie’s career path

During her conversation with Smith, Heard also talked about Angelina Jolie’s career being the gold standard for her. Basically, Heard hopes to copy Jolie’s career.


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Jolie used her fame and parlayed it into opportunities to write, produce, and direct movies. Not only that, but Jolie used her notoriety to drive several humanitarian efforts. The Mr. & Mrs. Smith star was so successful in that department that Queen Elizabeth II gave her an honor few Americans have received

For her part, Heard has successfully mimicked some aspects of Jolie’s career. She picked up two producing credits, and she was once recognized as a Human Rights Champion by the United Nations.

Heard loves Rodriguez’s never-give-in attitude to filmmaking and Jolie’s success across multiple aspects of movie-making. Time will tell if Heard has an opportunity to work with Rodriguez or build her career like Jolie.

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