An actress who first fell into her screen niche playing beautiful and voluptuous teenage girlfriends, Amber Heard was blessed with a visage that seemed tailor-made for modeling, and indeed she began her ascent to fame on that route. The Austin, TX, native reportedly dropped out of high school a year early and made a beeline for Los Angeles, her eyes fixed on glossies and catwalks. That dream failed to materialize, but in seemingly no time at all, Heard received a bid to act instead. She garnered two of her first major breaks when cast as the lead in the teen slasher movie All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (produced 2006, released 2008) and when she landed a key regular role on Kevin Williamson's short-lived prime-time soap Hidden Palms (2007). The cancellation of that series aside, 2007-2008 actually represented a watershed period for Heard, and one that witnessed the actress' enlistment in such big-screen features as Day 73 With Sarah (2007), The Beautiful Ordinary (2007), Never Back Down (2008), and the David Gordon Green-Judd Apatow crime comedy The Pineapple Express (2008), as the love interest of a stoner played by Apatow mainstay Seth Rogen. She appeared in the horror comedy Zombieland in 2009. Two years later she had a recurring role in the short-lived television series The Playboy Club, and landed major parts in The Rum Diary, opposite Johnny Depp, and Drive Angry, with Nic Cage. In 2013, she had a supporting role in Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills and appeared in the box-office flop Paranoia. She next played an elite CIA assassin in 3 Days to Kill. In 2015, Heard turned in strong supporting roles in Magic Mike XXL and the Oscar-nominated film The Danish Girl.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Dropped out of high school and earned her diploma through a home study program.
- Spent time after high school modeling in New York and Miami.
- First lead roles were in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006) and as troubled teen Greta Matthews in 2007's short-lived Hidden Palms.
- A fan of older cars, she's owned a 1968 Mustang and a 1963 Mercedes.