|Born||Amber Laura Heard
April 22, 1986
Austin, Texas, United States
|Partner(s)||Tasya van Ree (2008-2011)|
Amber Laura Heard (born April 22, 1986) is an American actress and model. She played the lead and title character in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Heard's first starring role came in 2007 on the CW television show Hidden Palms. Her breakthrough came in 2008 with roles in Never Back Down and Pineapple Express. In 2009, Heard starred in The Stepfather and also had a small role in the horror-comedy Zombieland. She next starred in The Joneses and And Soon the Darkness (both 2010), John Carpenter's The Ward, alongside Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry, and alongside Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary.
Early life 
Heard was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Her father, David, is a contractor, and her mother, Paige (née Parsons), is an internet researcher for the state. She attended St. Michael's Catholic Academy in Austin until her junior year, when she left to pursue a career in Hollywood. As a teenager, Heard was active in her school's drama department and appeared in local commercials and campaigns. She read books by authors such as George Orwell and Salman Rushdie. At the age of 16, her best friend died in a car crash and Heard, who was raised Catholic, subsequently declared herself an atheist after being introduced to the works of Ayn Rand by her then boyfriend. She has said of Rand, "I've read all of her books. Ever since then, I have been obsessed with her ideals. All I've ever needed is myself." Dropping out of school at the age of 17, she went to New York to start a career in modeling, then relocated to Los Angeles to get into acting.
Once in Los Angeles, Heard made appearances in various TV shows and two music videos, Kenny Chesney's "There Goes My Life" and Eisley's "I Wasn't Prepared". She was cast as Liz in the pilot episode of The WB's Jack & Bobby (2004), as Riley in an episode of The Mountain (2004) and she had a brief cameo as a salesgirl in The O.C. (2005). Her first movie role was Maria in Friday Night Lights (2004). She next starred as Shay in Side FX (2005), an independent horror film, and had supporting roles in Drop Dead Sexy (2005), Price to Pay (2006) and You Are Here (2006). Heard had more prominent parts in Niki Caro's North Country (2005) and in Nick Cassavetes' Alpha Dog (2006). In 2006 she starred in an episode of Criminal Minds as Lila Archer, a love interest of main character Spencer Reid.
Heard was next cast in the CW Network's Hidden Palms. On the show she portrayed Greta Matthews, who suffered the losses of both her mother and boyfriend, Eddie, and befriends Johnny, the anti-hero of the show. In order to get the part, Heard was asked to lose weight. It took her four months between the pilot and the second episode to lose 25 pounds, giving up alcohol, increasing her workouts and following a macrobiotic diet (no meat, dairy or processed sugar). Hidden Palms premiered in the US on May 30, 2007. Ultimately, The CW wrapped the summer series early; instead of the initial 12 episode arc, only eight were aired. The show ended on July 4, two weeks earlier than originally planned.
She was next cast in the title role in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. The horror film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006, immediately generating buzz and landing a deal with Harvey Weinstein. However, nearly a year after its Toronto debut, the movie had not reached theaters. In July 2007, Mandy Lane found a new distribution home and the film finally was released in 2008 with a February UK release and DVD release in June.
In 2007, Heard also appeared in the short movie Day 73 with Sarah and Jess Manafort's indie drama Remember the Daze (aka The Beautiful Ordinary), which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and opened in limited release in April 2008. She then appeared in the Judd Apatow-produced, Rogen and Goldberg-written comedy Pineapple Express and the martial arts drama Never Back Down, released in 2008, back-to-back. The latter opened in March and Heard played the role of the free-spirited Baja Miller who falls for Sean Faris' Jake Tyler.
Heard also made a brief appearance in Showtime's Californication and joined the ensemble cast of The Informers, based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same title, set to be released in 2009. She also filmed the horror film The Stepfather and the comedy film Ex-Terminators back-to-back in 2008 while promoting Never Back Down, Mandy Lane and Remember the Daze.
In late 2008, she filmed The River Why and The Joneses; two independent features. At the beginning of 2009, The Informers made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The reviews were mostly negative. Heard next appeared in Zombieland, playing a small role as the object of Jesse Eisenberg’s affection who turns into a zombie. She will subsequently appear in John Carpenter's The Ward. In March, Heard began filming The Rum Diary, opposite Johnny Depp, in Puerto Rico. Heard was reported to have won the role out over Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley. In 2010, she starred in and produced And Soon the Darkness, co-starring Odette Yustman and Karl Urban.
In the October 2009 issue of Teen Vogue, Amber describes her role as Johnny Depp's love interest in the film, The Rum Diary, as "the best experience of my life." In February 2010, Heard was cast in Drive Angry, a 3-D action thriller directed by Patrick Lussier and released in February 2011. In February 2011, she appeared on Top Gear in the UK. She talked about her love of guns and muscle cars, and revealed that she used to line-dance in Texas bars.
She is set to star in Machete Kills and Paranoia, both to be released in 2013. In August 2012, Heard was in talks to replace Kristen Stewart, who abruptly dropped out in Nick Cassavetes' upcoming thriller Cali. Heard will play Mya, who goes along with her lover, played by Alex Pettyfer, in filming a fake snuff film. They make a lot of money and escape Los Angeles only to return a year later to try and rescue Mya’s sister from a group of suspected thugs.
Personal life 
Heard came out in 2010, at GLAAD's 25th anniversary event. She dated female photographer Tasya van Ree from 2008 until 2011. She has said about her sexuality: "I don't label myself one way or another – I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman. I love who I love; it's the person that matters."
|2004||Friday Night Lights||Maria|
|2005||Drop Dead Sexy||Candy|
|2005||North Country||Young Josey Aimes|
|2006||Price to Pay||Trish|
|2006||All the Boys Love Mandy Lane||Mandy Lane|
|2007||Day 73 with Sarah||Mary|
|2007||Remember the Daze||Julia|
|2008||Never Back Down||Baja Miller|
|2008||Pineapple Express||Angie Anderson|
|2009||The Joneses||Jenn Jones|
|2009||The Stepfather||Kelly Porter|
|2010||And Soon the Darkness||Stephanie||also co-producer|
|2010||The River Why||Eddy|
|2011||The Rum Diary||Chenault|
|2013||Machete Kills||Miss San Antonio||post-production|
|2013||Three Days to Kill||post-production|
|2004||Jack & Bobby||Liz||1x01 – "Pilot"|
|2004||The Mountain||Riley||1x08 – "A Piece of the Rock"|
|2005||The O.C.||Salesgirl||2x15 – "Mallpisode"|
|2006||Criminal Minds||Lila Archer||1x18 – "Somebody's Watching"|
|2007||Californication||Amber||1x08 – "California Son"|
|2007||Hidden Palms||Greta Matthews||8 episodes|
|2011||The Playboy Club||Bunny Maureen||7 episodes (4 unaired)|
Awards and nominations 
|2008||Herself||Young Hollywood Awards||Breakthrough Performance Award||Won|
|2009||Zombieland||Detroit Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble||Nominated|
|2010||Herself||MTV Movie Awards||Best Scared-As-S**t Performance||Nominated|
|2010||Herself||Dallas International Film Festival||Dallas Star Award||Won|
|2011||The Rum Diary||Hollywood Film Festival||Spotlight Award||Won|
Magazine rankings 
|2008||FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2008||#90|
|Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2008||#21|
|2009||FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009||#31|
|Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2009||#56|
|2010||FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010||#25|
|Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2010||#13|
|2011||FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011||#34|
|2012||Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2012||#53|
- Herself in BBC Top Gear Series 16 Episode 6
- William Keck (2007-05-30). "Amber Heard will be heard". USA Today.
- "A Hilarious Brief Chat with Amber Heard, Star of 'Stepfather' & 'Zombieland'". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
- Amber Heard: In STEP With the Horror Genre
- Nussbaum, Danielle. "Young Hollywood 2009". teenvogue.com. Archived from the original on 18 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
- "William Fichtner and Amber Heard Ready to Drive Angry?". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
- Tatler http://www.tatler.com/the-tatler-list/h/amber-heard
- Zakarin, Jordan (2010-12-06). "Amber Heard Gay: Actress Comes Out As Lesbian". Huffington Post.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Amber Heard talks about being coming out in Hollywood".
- Lee, Joyce (2010-12-06). "Amber Heard, "Pineapple Express" Actress, Comes Out as Lesbian". CBS News.
- Belloni, Matthew. "Sexy Actress Amber Heard Wants to Be Seen As a Serious Actress.: Women". Details. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
- "Autostraddle — Amber Heard is Gay: Everything You Need to Know About the Openly Lesbian Actress". Autostraddle.com. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
- "Amber Heard: I've dated men and now I'm in a relationship with a woman". Metro.co.uk. 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
- Elaine Lipworth (2010-04-17). "Amber Heard: 'My baby is a .357 magnum'". London: www.dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
- Stuart O'Connor (2011-02-25). "Drive Angry stars get revved up about the joys and perils of old technology". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
- Hodge, Chad T. (2011-10-10). "7 episodes including the pilot". Twitter. Source confirmed to be Chad Hodge by NBC's official Twitter.
- Benanti, Laura (2011-10-10). "Only 7. There are 2 endings. One of which is more final.". Twitter. Source confirmed to be Laura Benanti by her official website <http://www.laurabenanti.com>.
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