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Amber Laura Heard was born April 22, 1986. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas by father David, a contractor, and mother Paige, an Internet researcher for the state. As a child, Amber loved to go hunting, fishing and camping with her father. She attended St. Michael’s Catholic Academy but has said that she felt trapped at school and didn’t relate to her contemporaries: “I didn’t feel one bit of remorse for missing prom; let’s just put it that way.” However, Amber embraced her school’s drama department as a teenager and appeared in local commercials and campaigns. “When I read about the Greek stage, and how magnificent it was, it changed my life,” says Heard. “Eventually, drama became the only class I would actually show up to.”
At the mere age of 16, Amber lost her best friend in a fatal car crash. It was this accident that changed Amber’s outlook in life. “That was the hardest blow emotionally that I have ever had to endure. Suddenly, you realize tomorrow might not come. Now I live by the motto, ‘Today is what I have.’” Heard, who was raised Catholic, now declared herself an atheist. After the tragic death of her friend, Heard met her first serious boyfriend, who introduced her to the writings of Russian-born atheist Ayn Rand. “I’ve read all of her books,” says Heard. “Ever since then, I have been obsessed with her ideals. All I’ve ever needed is myself.” Amber dropped out of St. Michael’s at the age of 17 and went to New York to start a career in modeling – but she did not enjoy it. “There’s no real talent involved in modeling. Acting has substance.” Hence she next located to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
Once in Los Angeles, Amber Heard scored 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). “When I was on the set, just doing day-playing work, I remember thinking, ‘This is what I want to do forever’”, she said. “Knowing that with such certainty at 17 was just life-altering.” She next starred as Shay in sideFX (2005), an independent horror flick and had supporting roles in Drop Dead Sexy (2005), Price to Pay (2006) and You Are Here (2006). Amber turned heads with a more prominent part in Niki Caro’s North Country (2005) as young Josey (Charlize Theron in the adult form), which turned out to be a big break for her. “I got to work with Niki Caro a couple years ago in North Country”, Amber later recalled. “That was the one director who before I became an actor I said I would do absolutely anything to work with.” She also appeared as Alma in Nick Cassavetes’ Alpha Dog (2006). To play the part, Heard “tapped into a reckless, naive teenager. It was difficult to channel but I had to completely disconnect any humane aspects she had. I’ve known girls like her… You don’t have a lot of sympathy for them.” In 2006 Amber also starred as Lila in an episode of Criminal Minds.
Amber Heard was next cast in the CW Network’s Hidden Palms. She portrayed the enigmatic free spirit Greta Matthews, who suffered the losses of both her mother and boyfriend, Eddie, and befriends Johnny, the anti-hero of the show. Despite her general dislike for the TV, Amber was immediately drawn to her character. “Greta is complicated,” she says. “She’s like I was when I was a teenager. It’s why I relate to her.” In order to get the part of Greta, Amber was asked to lose weight. It took her four months, daily workouts and a ban on carbs to lose 25 pounds. “At first I said no, but it’s about the work. I cared about the project and the character, so I was willing to do it. It’s called dedication.” Hidden Palms premiered in the US in May 2007. Unfortunately The CW wrapped the summer series early – instead of the initial 12 episode arch only eight were aired. The show sang its swan song on July 4 – two weeks prior than originally planned.
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