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Amber Heard

Heard at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Amber Laura Heard
April 22, 1986 (1986-04-22) (age 23)
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Amber Laura Heard (born April 22, 1986) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role of Greta Matthews on the CW television show, Hidden Palms.

Heard's breakthrough came in the 2008 film Never Back Down, this was soon followed by the successful comedy Pineapple Express which garnered her more fame. She also played the lead role (and title character) in All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2008), which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006. She also starred in the horror-comedy Zombieland (2009), which is her most successful picture to date, and in The Stepfather. She will co-star alongside Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary (2010).


Personal life

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 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, subsequently declared herself an atheist.[1] 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. She is in a relationship with Arthur Wybrands, a young French-American producer. In April 2009, rumors spreaded about a supposed engagement but were immediately infirmed by Amber Heard's representative at Hyler Management to protect their privacy.


Once in Los Angeles, Heard made appearances in various TV shows. 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 premiere of The Joneses, during the Toronto International Film Festival, September 13, 2009

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 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. The film did well in the box office and raised Heard's profile a great deal. She appeared in numerous magazines and promoted the film internationally.

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.[2]

In late 2008 she filmed The River Why and The Joneses; two independent features due out later this year. 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 the small role of 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 will star in and produce And Soon the Darkness, co-starring Odette Yustman and Karl Urban.[3]

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."[4]

In February 2010, Heard was cast in Drive Angry, a 3-D psychological thriller directed by Patrick Lussier.[5]


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 (Made for Television) Serena
You Are Here Amber
Alpha Dog Alma
2007 Day 73 With Sarah Mary
Remember the Daze Julia
2008 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Mandy Lane
Never Back Down Baha Miller
Pineapple Express Angie Anderson
2009 The Informers Christie
Zombieland 406
The Stepfather Kelly Porter
ExTerminators Nikki
2010 The River Why Eddy (Post-production)
The Joneses Jenn (Post-production)
And Soon the Darkness Stephanie (Post-production)
The Rum Diary Chenault (Post-production)
The Ward Kristen (Post-production)


Main Roles

Year Title Role Episodes
2007 Hidden Palms Greta Matthews Season 01 - 08 Episodes

Guest Appearances

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"


Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
2008 Won Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Performance Award None

Magazine Rankings

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


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[[File:|thumb|Amber Heard]] Amber Laura Heard (born April 22, 1986 in Austin, Texas) is an American actress. She made her movie debut in the 2004 sports-drama movie Friday Night Lights. She also had a recurring role on the television show, Hidden Palms as Greta Matthews. Heard came out as a lesbian at GLAAD's 25th anniversary event[1]


  • Friday Night Lights (2004) - Maria
  • Side FX (2005) - Shay
  • Drop Dead Sexy (2005) - Candy
  • North Country (2005) - Young Josey Aime
  • Price To Pay (2006) - Trish
  • The Prince (2006) (TV movie) - Serena
  • You Are Here (2006) - Amber
  • Alpha Dog (2006) - Alma
  • Day 73 With Sarah (short film) (2007) - Mary
  • Remember the Daze (2007) - Julia
  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2008) - Mandy Lane
  • Never Back Down (2008) - Baja Miller
  • Pineapple Express (2008) - Angie Anderson
  • The Informers (2009) - Gwen Pearson
  • Zombieland (2009) - 406
  • The Stepfather (2009) - Kelly Porter
  • ExTerminators (2009) - Nikki
  • The Joneses (2010) - Jenn Jones
  • The River Why (2010) - Eddy (Yet to be released)
  • And Soon the Darkness (2010) - Stephanie
  • The Ward (2010) - Kristen
  • Drive Angry (2011) - Piper
  • The Rum Diary (2011) - Chenault


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