'He's even bought her a horse!' Things are 'heating up' for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard following Paradis split
14:58 GMT, 21 June 2012
Rumours about the nature of their relationship have been swirling for some time, but it's being reported that things 'seem to be heating up' between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
The Rum Diary co-stars are said to be so close that bisexual actress Heard, 26, has been a 'regular visitor' to the New Mexico set of The Lone Ranger where 49-year-old Depp is currently filming.
And Johnny, who made an official
announcement that he had split from partner of 14 years Vanessa Paradis on Tuesday, is even said to have bought Heard a horse so they can ride
together, according to a report in Globe magazine.
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More than friends Amber Heard has been visiting Johnny Depp on the New Mexico set of The Lone Ranger, it has been reported
A source claims Depp is smitten by
the Hitchcock blonde, and reportedly said:' When I first saw Amber, it
was like seeing an old-time movie star like Lauren Bacall.'
The American actress who was born in Austin, Texas, previously worked as a model and before starring in The Rum Diary alongside Depp had had small roles in a number of films.
She attended a Catholic school in Austin until her junior year, then the ambitious teen left to pursue a career in Hollywood.
Heard was active in her school's drama department and appeared in local commercials and campaigns.
On screen romance: Depp and Heard seen in a scene from movie The Rum Diary
While she was raised a Catholic, after the death of her best friend died in a car crash Heard declared herself an atheist.
Heard has described her role as Johnny Depp's love interest in the film, The Rum Diary, as 'the best experience of my life.'
She gushed to magazine Dazed about Depp: 'He’s such a wonderful presence; he is enigmatic and compelling and a true artist, seriously intelligent and incredibly sensitive.
'Everybody on set respects and likes him, which says a lot about an actor. It’s a grueling job at times and the stress level that everybody feels in the industry is intense – but it doesn’t affect Johnny.
'It seems like he has time to look everybody in the eye and I like that, it was wonderful to see.'
Johnny's partner Vanessa was noticeable absent from the star's side as he hit the promotional trail, seen here with Amber at the premiere of Rum Diary in London last year
The 26-year-old actress's profile is
set to rise as she recently joined the case of thriller Paranoia as the
female lead alongside Gary
Oldman, Harrison Ford, and Liam Hemsworth.
She also recently
landed a role as an assassin in the sequel Machete Kills.
Vanessa and Johnny had not been
pictured together in public for months, but the Dark Shadows star
insisted last month that there was no truth to talk of a split.
'The rumours are not true,' he told The Sun newspaper. 'They are absolutely not true.'
'No matter what I say about this, people believe the opposite. I can’t say enough about it not being over,' he said.
It's over: Depp's spokesperson finally ended months of speculation by revealing that Depp and Paradis, seen here in 2010, had split
Johnny's denials, a number of publications carried pictures and reports
that he and Heard enjoyed a trip together to Las Vegas on a private
Depp was in town promoting Dark Shadows, and Vanessa was nowhere to be seen.
It's unclear why Amber was in the gambling town.
Amber was alleged to have joined Johnny in Vegas, and was pictured boarding his private plane the next day.
Johnny and Vanessa have declined to appear at their respective premieres and public events together recently, with the French actress attending her premiere, of Caf de Flore in Paris alone, and not accompanying the actor on promotional duties for Dark Shadows.
They are parents to Lily Rose,12, and ten-year-old Jack.
Romance Depp, seen here earlier this month, and Amber, at a red carpet event on June 1st
VIDEO: Close. Johnny & Amber at The Rum Diary premiere Nov, 2011