Actor Amber Heard is styled by Tracy Taylor in sleek denim and leather looks from Versace, Anna Quan, Orseund Iris, Totême Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent, Joseph and more. Photographer Olivia Malone is behind the lens, flashing ‘Hide Tide’ for Porter Edit November 30, 2018.
Ajesh Patalay sits down with superheroine Mera to chat about her blockbuster movie ‘Aquaman’, turning around her hellish personal life and why she almost walked away from her future as the Queen of Atlantis.
Heard speaks of her role as Mera in ‘Aquaman’, co-starring with Jason Momoa and Nicole Kidman, within the context of her public 2010 discussion around her bisexuality. At the time, the revelations were explosive and probably did impact her career. Heard has no regrets.
What am I going to say to my sister: ‘Sorry, I blew it, because I have a big mouth’? I was scared to death.” So why do it? “It was wrong [not to],” she says. “A lie is never sustainable. The truth is the only thing that’s sustainable.” She now campaigns on LGBTQ rights.
Considering her role as Aquaman’s wife, Mera, Amber feared it would be little more than a “hypersexualized” comic-book figure, “dreamt up by some 14-year-old and as complex as one that a 14-year-old boy could imagine” – in short, “antithetical to what I stand for, what drives me, what fulfills me creatively,” she says. But after getting on the phone with exec-producer Zack Snyder and looking at the original comics, she was reassured that Mera is not just ‘Aquawoman’, but a superhero in her own right; a queen who commands an army. “A sword and a crown,” Heard says, pumping her fist.”
Amber Heard pulls no punches in her discussions around the challenges women face — not only around the cultural hypersexualization of women and also not believing women — that we don’t tell the truth. I invite you to read her comments on this topic. ~ Anne