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Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard Upsetting Salary Difference: Heard Earned $2,472 in Her Ex-Husband’s $21 Million Movie

Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard Upsetting Salary Difference: Heard Earned $2,472 in Her Ex-Husband’s $21 Million Movie

Perhaps the most talked about Hollywood breakup was that of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, a case that lasted for several years and was besmeared with so much controversy. The divorce led to a defamation suit against Heard for domestic violence, a televised proceeding that opened old wounds and unveiled dark secrets.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp

The issue started in 2015 after the Aquaman star accused her husband of violence, demanding $50,000 a month in compensation. Depp initially refused to pay as she was financially stable, although he ultimately yielded in the end.

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Despite Starring In The Same Movie, Amber Heard Earned Less Than Johnny Depp

With Johnny Depp’s stellar career and numerous blockbuster movies under his belt, it would make him one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. His net worth at that time was an estimated $400 million. Meanwhile, Amber Heard’s estimated earnings were over $259 million, with the majority coming from The Danish Girl ($31,112) and Paranoia ($45,314). The actress also earned from other works such as Machete Kills ($2,390) and The Rum Diary ($2,472).

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The last movie was Heard and Depp’s first project together. An important detail from here points out a significant discrepancy between the actors’ pay-checks. The Pirates of the Caribbean star earned $15 million, while Heard took home a measly $2,472.

After the rigorous financial background checkup, Depp’s lawyer Laura Wasser reiterated that Heard was not in immediate need of spousal support from her ex-husband (via Cosmopolitan):

As a successful actress with significant income of her own, there is no question that Amber can support herself until the parties have had a reasonable amount of time to assess their finances with the assistance of counsel and then negotiate a mutually agreeable resolution or seek regularly-noticed court orders.”

Amber Heard
Amber Heard

Heard’s legal team issued a response as to why the actress did not mention earlier the abuse allegations:


Unfortunately, Johnny’s team immediately went to the press and began viciously attacking Amber’s character. Amber is simply a victim of domestic violence, and none of her actions are motivated by money.”

The war between the ex-couple became one of the most publicized feuds in the history of Hollywood. They were only married for 15 months before all these tumults emerged like hot springs.

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Amber Heard And Johnny Depp’s First Project Together

The Rum Diary is where it all began – the movie that made Amber Heard and Johnny Depp fall head over heels in love with each other. The pair did not start dating until 2012, although they first met on the set of the film. The actress once claimed that it is “the best experience ever.”

The Rum Diary
The Rum Diary (2011)

Their romance ultimately moved off-screen, while Depp was still in a relationship with Vanessa Paradis, and Heard was still dating Tasya van Ree. It was a whirlwind of emotions that carried both of them to finally tie the knot. In a statement during Santa Barbara International Film Festival via People, Depp confessed:

She was in my head, so I tracked her down. We tracked each other down. Actually, incidentally, it was amazing. It was at the first day of press on The Rum Diary. Then we married that very day!

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s marriage did not end happily ever after, and what’s more devastating is the fact that the entire world became a witness to the unfortunate turn of events that occurred during the long-enduring trial of their relationship.

The Rum Diary is available on Google Play, iTunes and Vudu.

Sources: Cosmopolitan, People

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Written by Ariane

Ariane, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.