She may be only 18, but in the last few years, Lily-Rose Depp has emerged as an actress high-profile enough to play the sister of Natalie Portman (in the upcoming film Planetarium); become the youngest face ever of Chanel No. 5, as well as a favorite of Karl Lagerfeld's; and a model successful enough to not only land magazine covers, but enlist a seasoned Oscar winner like Portman to write the accompanying story inside.
The story appears in the latest issue of CR Fashion Book. In the interview with Portman, Depp addresses what you're probably already thinking: that all that success has of course come so early and so easy because she's not just any budding teenage actress, but also the daughter of movie stars Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp.
"A lot of people think I’m only acting because of my dad, that I have not had to work as hard to be seen or recognized in the industry," Depp told Portman. "So I think because of that it makes me want to work twice as hard to prove to everyone that I’m not just doing this because it’s easy to do. I’m not just doing it because it runs in the family."
As a French-American—Paradis was born in the suburbs of Paris, and Johnny Depp in Kentucky—Depp, who says she can both "seem fully French" and be "totally like a Valley girl," has been able to corner the market in both countries, though it's definitely clear where her preferences lie: "I like movies that spark your imagination and your curiosity and I find that the kind of depth that French scripts and characters have often leads to that," she said.
"There’s something more personable in Europe than there is here. In the States, there’s more of a façade that I see people putting on. For me, the French culture is richer," she continued.
Of course, there's a reason for that outside of the way the French make films, too: "It’s also easy to prefer Europe given the present state of things," she said. "I would have been nicer to America a year ago. The way politics is going, it’s hard for me to sit down and point out all the things that I love about America."
That last year, of course, has seen the country dominated by the election cycle, which prompted Portman, who spoke out against Donald Trump at the Los Angeles edition of the Women's March earlier this year, to ask Depp if she was able to vote last November. As it turned out, though, Depp, who celebrated her 18th birthday in Tokyo with Chanel just a couple of months ago, "just missed" the cut-off.
"It was really frustrating," Depp said. "Of course I’m not even seeing the half of it. I’m not feeling the effects that so many other people are feeling. I can’t even imagine actually living it and feeling these changes."
Her words were definitely not as explicit as, say, her father's, who earlier this summer joked (and later apologized) about assassinating Trump, but without even saying his name, Depp managed to express her discontent with the president, still achieving a level of shade like a true Frenchwoman.
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