Johnny Depp’s smoking hot, bisexual fiancee is a huge fan of Ayn Rand.
On Christmas Eve 2013, the A-list actor became engaged to Hollywood knockout Amber Heard, star of such films as Pineapple Express and Zombieland. Fans of both Heard and Depp may be surprised to learn that Heard has expressed a deep admiration for libertarian icon Ayn Rand, a sentiment shared by many members of the Tea Party.
Such a revelation would undoubtedly raise eyebrows in liberal Hollywood. While Heard’s bisexuality is hardly an issue for the entertainment industry, her enthusiasm for the work of Ayn Rand is anything but typical for such a popular film actress.
In 2007, Heard told USA Today that she was introduced to the writings of Rand by a boyfriend and became “obsessed with her ideals.” In true Objectivist form, Heard also said, “All I’ve ever needed is myself.”
Rand’s writings advocate ideas like smaller government and self-reliance — the very opposite of the progressive and collectivist ideals espoused by much of today’s Hollywood.
The political climate in Hollywood has been overwhelmingly liberal in recent years, with a vast array of celebrities lending their support to President Obama and Obamacare.
Heard is not a vocal supporter of the Tea Party movement, but in an ironic twist, Johnny Depp played the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s 2010 film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland — his character was central to the story’s famous tea party scene.
Depp typically avoids public political statements, but he’s been critical of the Bush administration, particularly during the war in Iraq.
“I was ecstatic they re-named ‘French Fries’ as ‘Freedom Fries,'” Depp said in 2003, “Grown men and women in positions of power in the U.S. government showing themselves as idiots.”
He was also involved in a reportedly extravagant — but quietly held — “Alice in Wonderland”-themed Halloween party at the Obama White House in 2009.
Last week, the couple celebrated their engagement at the exclusive Carondelet House in Los Angeles. The party included guests like singer/actress Mandy Moore and rock star Marilyn Manson.
Attendees reported that the couple is happy and very much in love despite their age difference — Depp is 50 and Heard is 27. Prior to her engagement to Depp, Heard dated photographer Taysa van Ree from 2008 to 2012.
Amber Heard and Taysa Van Ree dated until 2012 (Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Mercedes Benz)
Ayn Rand — who is best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged — came to the United States in 1926 and worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter before finding fame as a novelist and philosopher.
Signs bearing the words “I am John Galt” are a common sight at Tea Party rallies, an obvious homage to the pivotal character in Atlas Shrugged.