Johnny Depp’s career took a massive dip when Amber Heard separated from him and accused him of verbal and physical abuse back in 2016. The wildly publicized 6-week defamation trial between Depp and Heard had him emerging victorious and almost the entire film fraternity and fans coming together in support of the legendary actor. Depp got his redemption.
Ever since the trial, he has had a successful European tour with Jeff Beck. He has some film offers lined up as well. Things are slowly but surely getting better for Depp. However, the same can’t be said of Amber Heard. She was never a very successful actor, to begin with, but with the trial has come an extreme new low, one that seems pretty hard for her to overcome.
You don’t see a person with negative net-worth everyday
Amber Heard’s life seems to be in shambles, both professionally and economically. With only the fame of Aquaman to her name, she did not really have a filmography too impressive, but amidst all the legal turmoil, she now has zero projects lined up and no new work prospects or offers. On top of that, the verdict of her defamation trial against Depp mandated that she pay $8.35 million to Depp. No work in addition to debt doesn’t sound like a great recipe.
It’s not every day that you see a person with a negative net worth. What happened to Amber Heard that landed her in this situation? She has never had a very successful career, but she was somehow thriving nevertheless. The trial brought to light all her net worth earnings. Between 2013 and 2019, Heard’s pre-tax income was $10 million – which came from several sources like her endorsements, and her movie and TV salaries. 2019 was a good year for Heard, notably for being her highest-earning year. She earned around $3 million in 2019.
Further, Heard and Warner Bros. had a four-picture deal, and she got $450,000 for the first project. Her salary related to her net worth rose by a million dollars when she worked on the first Aquaman film
Further, the Warner Bros. contract was supposed to pay her $2 million for the second Aquaman film – Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and $3-4 million in case of a third installment.
Heard had also starred in a 2020 mini-series – a TV remake of Stephen King’s The Stand. For the nine episodes in the series, Heard was paid $200,000 per episode, adding up to $1.8 million.
This doesn’t sound so bad after all. She had a decent number of projects, and a fairly decent income as well. But it was the due compensation of $8.35 million laid down on her that has caused all the financial ruckus in her life, setting her at a shocking net worth of minus six million dollars.
Amber Heard, financially doomed?
So far, the entirety of Heard’s legal fees had been reportedly covered by her homeowner’s insurance. But further reports have suggested that even the insurance company is reluctant to further pay Heard’s due damages on her behalf.
It is not a secret that Amber Heard simply does not have the money to pay Johnny Depp, especially the amount that she owes him. Even her lawyer, when asked on national television whether Heard could afford to pay the compensation, clearly said, “Oh no. Absolutely not.”
On top of all this, rumors that Heard’s role has either been massively reduced or literally cut out of the film Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom also spells trouble for the actress. It will impact her $2 million paycheck, and if she is removed from the sequel, there will be a thin chance of her returning for the third installment either, despite the contract.
It literally looks like a role reversal in the dynamics between the former spouses, with Amber Heard suffering the eame fate that Depp did a few years ago. Heard has become a literal pariah in the industry, with some reports even revealing that she slept her way into Hollywood. She has never really been known for her acting caliber either, as much as her looks, which also seem to not be enough anymore.
Source: Giant Freakin Robot