Amber Heard, the 24-year-old actress who is set to star as Johnny Depp's love interest in the forthcoming movie 'The Rum Diaries', publicly came out as a lesbian at a red carpet event in Los Angeles on Friday (3rd December 2010) The actress attended the GLAAD's (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) 25th anniversary with girlfriend TASYA VAN REE.
Heard, who recently appeared in 'Zombieland' and also starred in the comedy 'Pineapple Express' announced that she has been with her photographer girlfriend for two years and told website AfterEllen.com, "I'm acutely aware of the role that the media plays in influencing public opinion and influencing society, and with that awareness comes the burden of responsibility". The 24-year-old added she felt as though she could no longer hide her sexuality, adding, "I think that the injustice of people staying in the closet is more than I can bear with a clear conscience and I couldn't sleep at night if I was a part of that problem".
'The Rum Diaries' is based on the autobiographical novel by Hunter S Thompson about a freelance journalist working for a run-down newspaper in the Caribbean. The movie, directed by Bruce Robinson, is scheduled for release in 2011.