Heard at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Amber Laura Heard|
April 22, 1986
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Amber Laura Heard (born April 22, 1986) is an American actress. She played the lead and title character in All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. Heard's first starring role came in 2007 on the CW television show Hidden Palms. Her breakthrough came in 2008 with roles in Never Back Down and Pineapple Express. In 2009 Heard starred in The Stepfather and also had a small role in the horror-comedy Zombieland. She has also starred in The Joneses (2010), and has upcoming roles in And Soon the Darkness, John Carpenter's The Ward, alongside Nicolas Cage in Drive Angry and alongside Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary.
Heard was born and raised in Austin, Texas. Her father, David, is a contractor, and her mother, Paige, is an internet researcher for the state. She attended St. Michael's Catholic Academy in Austin until her junior year, when she left to pursue a career in Hollywood. As a teenager, Heard was active in her school's drama department and appeared in local commercials and campaigns. At the age of 16, her best friend died in a car crash and Heard, who was raised Catholic, then subsequently declared herself an atheist, due to the influence of the works of Ayn Rand. Dropping out of school at the age of 17, to go to New York to start a career in modeling, she then relocated to Los Angeles to get into acting.
Heard came out in 2010, at GLAAD's 25th anniversary event. She is dating artist Tasya van Ree. She has said about her sexuality: "I don't label myself one way or another – I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman. I love who I love, it's the person that matters."
Heard grew up around guns, and owns a .357 Magnum. A fan of muscle cars, Heard drives a 1968 Ford Mustang.
Once in Los Angeles, Heard made appearances in various TV shows and a music video, Kenny Chesney's "There Goes My Life". She was cast as Liz in the pilot episode of The WB's Jack & Bobby (2004), as Riley in an episode of The Mountain (2004) and she had a brief cameo as a salesgirl in The O.C. (2005). Her first movie role was Maria in Friday Night Lights (2004). She next starred as Shay in Side FX (2005), an independent horror film, and had supporting roles in Drop Dead Sexy (2005), Price to Pay (2006) and You Are Here (2006). Heard had more prominent parts in Niki Caro's North Country (2005) as young Josey and as Alma in Nick Cassavetes' Alpha Dog (2006). In 2006 she starred in an episode of Criminal Minds as Lila Archer, a young Hollywood actress who has a crush on Spencer Reid.
|Heard at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival|
Heard was next cast in the CW Network's Hidden Palms. On the show she portrayed Greta Matthews, who suffered the losses of both her mother and boyfriend, Eddie, and befriends Johnny, the anti-hero of the show. In order to get the part, Heard was asked to lose weight. It took her four months, daily workouts and a ban on carbohydrates to lose 25 pounds. Hidden Palms premiered in the US on May 30, 2007. Ultimately, The CW wrapped the summer series early; instead of the initial 12 episode arc, only eight were aired. The show ended on July 4, two weeks prior than originally planned.
She was next cast in the title role in All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. The horror film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2006, immediately generating buzz and landing a deal with Harvey Weinstein. However, nearly a year after its Toronto debut, the movie had not reached theaters. In July 2007, Mandy Lane found a new distribution home and the film finally was released in 2008 with a February UK release and DVD release in June.
In 2007, Heard also appeared in the short movie Day 73 with Sarah and Jess Manafort's indie drama Remember the Daze (aka The Beautiful Ordinary), which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and opened in limited release in April 2008. She then appeared in the Judd Apatow-produced, Rogen and Goldberg-written comedy Pineapple Express and the martial arts drama Never Back Down, released in 2008, back-to-back. The latter opened in March and Heard played the role of the free-spirited Baja Miller who falls for Sean Faris' Jake Tyler.
Heard also made a brief appearance in Showtime's Californication and joined the ensemble cast of The Informers, based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same title, set to be released in 2009. She also filmed the horror film The Stepfather and the comedy film Ex-Terminators back-to-back in 2008 while promoting Never Back Down, Mandy Lane and Remember the Daze.
In late 2008 she filmed The River Why and The Joneses; two independent features. At the beginning of 2009 The Informers made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The reviews were mostly negative. Heard next appeared in Zombieland, playing a small role as the object of Jesse Eisenberg’s affection who turns into a zombie. She will subsequently appear in John Carpenter's The Ward. In March Heard begins filming The Rum Diary, opposite Johnny Depp, in Puerto Rico. Heard is reported to have won the role out over Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley. In 2010, she starred in and produced And Soon the Darkness, co-starring Odette Yustman and Karl Urban.
In the October 2009 issue of Teen Vogue, Amber describes her role as Johnny Depp's love interest in the film, The Rum Diary, as "the best experience of my life."
In February 2010, Heard was cast in Drive Angry, a 3-D psychological thriller directed by Patrick Lussier.
In February 2011, she appeared on Top Gear in the UK. She talked about her love of guns and muscle cars, and revealed that she used to line-dance in Texas bars.
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Friday Night Lights Maria
2005 Side FX Shay
Drop Dead Sexy Candy
North Country Young Josey Aimes
2006 Price To Pay Trish
The Prince Serena TV Film
You Are Here Amber
Alpha Dog Alma
2007 Day 73 With Sarah Mary Short Film
Remember the Daze Julia
2008 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Mandy Lane
Never Back Down Baja Miller
Pineapple Express Angie Anderson
2009 The Informers Christie
The Stepfather Kelly Porter
2010 The Joneses Jenn Jones
2011 The River Why Eddy Yet-to-be-released
And Soon the Darkness Stephanie
The Ward Kristen US Release: April 15, 2011
Drive Angry Piper
The Rum Diary Chenault Russia release: March 31, 2011
2012 The Applicant Jen
Year Title Role Episodes
2004 Jack & Bobby Liz 1x01 - "Pilot"
The Mountain Riley 1x08 - "A Piece of the Rock"
2005 The O.C. Salesgirl 2x15 - "Mallpisode"
2006 Criminal Minds Lila Archer 1x18 - "Somebody's Watching"
2007 Californication Amber 1x08 - "California Son"
Hidden Palms Greta Matthews 8 Episodes
2011 Playboy Maureen Pilot
2011 Top Gear Herself 16x05
Year Result Award Category Nominated work
2008 Won Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Performance Award None
2009 Nominated Detroit Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Zombieland
2010 Nominated MTV Movie Awards Best Scared-As-S**t Performance Zombieland
Year Countdown Name Rank
2008 Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2008 #21
FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2008 #90
2009 FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009 #31
Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2009 #56
2010 FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2010 #25
Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2010 #13