From JK Rowling to Penelope Cruz, here are the celebrities on TEAM JOHNNY DEPP
Celebrity friends of both Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have been pretty vocal about who they support
The ongoing Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard defamation trial has divided people into two teams, Team Johnny and Team Amber. In addition to fans, some celebrity friends of the ex-couple have also used their large social media following to reveal which side they are on.
Some members of Team Johnny have been showing support since 2020 when the 'Pirates of the Carribean' actor was called a 'wife beater' by British tabloid The Sun. Following is a list of celebrities who have openly supported Johnny Depp.
1. J.K. Rowling
The 'Harry Potter' author addressed Johnny's legal troubles on her website in 2017. Voicing her opinion on Depp's then-rumored departure from the 'Fantastic Beasts' franchise, Rowling said, "Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies." She added, "I've loved writing the first two screenplays and I can't wait for the fans to see The Crimes of Grindelwald. I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn't governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing."
2. Penelope Cruz
Depp and Cruz were co-stars in 'Blow', 'Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides', and 'Murder on the Orient Express'. Cruz declared her support for Depp by saying, "I met Johnny when I was 19 years old." She continued, "He was in Madrid and Pedro Almodovar introduced him to me. The only sentences I knew how to say in English at that time were, 'how are you' and 'I want to work with Johnny Depp'. Many years have passed and I have not only made 3 movies with him, but I also count on him as a great friend. I've always been impressed by his kindness, his brilliant mind, his talent, and his peculiar sense of humor. I've seen Johnny in so many situations and he is always kind to everyone around. He is one of the most generous people I know."
3. Javier Bardem
During Johnny's 2020 trial in the United Kingdom, Javier Bardem issued a statement where he said, "I love Johnny. He has always been a true gentleman and an extremely generous and caring friend to my family and myself." He added that Johnny always showed "respectful attitude towards every single member of the crew alongside his unique and hilarious sense of humor." Javier added, "I stand by Johnny because I have always seen and felt a true caring and loving man in him … an extraordinary and unique artist who has listened to anyone who needed his help." He concluded by saying that Johnny is a 'good human being, trapped in the lies and manipulations of toxic beings and yet smiling and loving us all in spite of it."
Songstress Sia also publicly supported Depp in a now-deleted tweet. She said, "Just showing my public support for Johnny Depp. I mean, I'd love him to get clean and stop with the jewelry, but he is clearly the victim after hearing those tapes."
5. Joe Rogan
Joe Rogan has been pretty vocal in showing his support for Depp. In an April episode of his podcast 'The Joe Rogan Experience,' he said, "You're seeing all the crazy come out. Doug Stanhope knows her. Stanhope's buddies with Johnny Depp. He wrote something, like an essay about how full of s**t she is, and she threatened to sue him, and I think he had to wind up taking it down. I hope I'm not f**king that up. But he knows her well... He's like, 'She's out of her f**king mind,' like a crazy actress...those are real." He ended with, "There's something wrong with her. There's something wrong. There's some sort of mental issue."
6. Candace Owens
Owens called Amber Heard "liar from day one", and said, "it has been absolutely ridiculous to see what that woman was allowed to do because she just flew under the radar of the Me Too movement." She added, "There was more than enough evidence to convict her from the very beginning of being an extremely abusive partner she is. [Amber] is every bit an example of what I'd refer to when I refer to toxic feminism."
7. Jason Momoa
Though Jason was Heard's co-star in 'Aquaman', he has been known to support Johnny Depp. Fans of Depp have claimed that Momoa followed the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star on Instagram after the Johnny vs Amber legal battle commenced.
8. Winona Ryder
Johnny's ex Winona said, "I am aware of the violence allegations that have been made publicly for the last few years by Johnny Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard. The idea that he is an incredibly violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved. I cannot wrap my head around these accusations. He was never, never violent towards me. He was never, never abusive at all towards me. He has never been violent or abusive towards anybody I have seen." She ended, "I truly and honestly only know him as a really good man - an incredibly loving, extremely caring guy who was so very protective of me and the people that he loves, and I felt so very, very safe with him."