“I would just love to work in films for the rest of my life. I don't care about famous or about being anything like that. All I care about is living my life, being able to do what I love, working project to project, city to city, in films I believe in. That's the only way to live.” Amber Heard
One of Hollywood's young talents, Amber Heard is known as Greta Matthews on the CW television series “Hidden Palms” (2007-2008) and for playing roles in such movies as “Alpha Dog” (2006), “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” (2006), “The Beautiful Ordinary” (2007), “Never Back Down” (2008), “Pineapple Express” (2008) and “The Informers” (2008). She has also guest starred in TV series like “The O.C.,” “The Mountain” and “Jack & Bobby.”
Making her feature film debut in “Friday Night Lights” (2004), Heard is scheduled to star in the upcoming films “Ex-Terminators” (2009), “The Joneses” (2009), “The River Why” (2009) and “The Stepfather” (2009).
The green eyed, blonde beauty was voted by FHM as one of “100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2008” and ranked No. 21 on the Maxim magazine “Hot 100 List” that same year.
Heard has appeared in music videos for Kenny Chesney and Brooks & Dunn. She has been the cover girl of Saturday Night and Maxim magazines and appeared in several print and TV commercials.
Childhood and Family:
Amber Laura Heard was born on April 22, 1986, in Austin, Texas. She dropped out of St. Michael's Catholic Academy in her junior year to pursue a career in Hollywood. She later earned her diploma via a home school program.
At age 16, Amber’s best friend died in a car crash. After the tragedy,
Amber, who was raised Catholic, became an atheist. Recalling the event, she said, “My very best friend died in a car accident when I was 16 years old. 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.’”
Amber loves to swim, ride horses, play golf and rock climb, but hates television. She is a certified lifeguard. She can speak Spanish and knows sign language.
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Amber Heard left Texas for the bright lights of Hollywood when she was still in high school. By the time she was 18 years old, the dropout had started taking roles in films and television. Heard played Maria in the Billy Bob Thornton vehicle “Friday Night Lights” (2004), which was based on H.G. Bissinger's book “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream.” She also appeared in the pilot episode of the WB's short lived drama “Jack & Bobby” (2004) and in one episode of the short lived drama “The Mountain” (2004).
Heard next costarred with Amanda Phillips and Todd Swift in the 2005 horror movie “SideFX,” which was written and directed by Patrick Johnson. She followed it up with roles in the Michael Philip comedy “Drop Dead Sexy” (2005), starring Jason Lee and Crispin Glover, the Oscar nominee “North Country” (2005), in which she was cast as the young Charlize Theron, the Michael McCready directed drama “Price to Pay” (2006), opposite Brian Skala, Steve Sandvoss and Fatso-Fasano, and filmmaker Nick Cassavetes’ controversial “Alpha Dog” (2006), where she emerged as the sloppy seductress Alma. Meanwhile, on the small screen, Heard appeared as a salesgirl in an episode of “The O.C.” (2005) and had a significant role in the television drama “The Prince” (2006), where she portrayed Serena. She also played Lila Archer in an episode of “Criminal Minds” called “Somebody's Watching” (2006).
Heard received her first leading role, that of Mandy Lane, in the horror film “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” which was directed by Jonathan Levine. The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival on September 9, 2006, and has since been shown at several film festivals, including the 2006 Sitges Film Festival in Spain, the 2007 London FrightFest Film Festival in the U.K., and the 2008 Lyon L'Étrange Festival in France.
The young actress next appeared in a supporting role in the romantic comedy “You Are Here” (2007), for writer and director Henry Pincus, and in the short “Day 73 with Sarah” (2007), starring Elle Fanning, before headlining the Jess Manafort “The Beautiful Ordinary” (2007).
On May 30, 2007, the Kevin Williamson created drama “Hidden Palms” debuted on the CW network. In the series, Heard portrayed the character of Greta Matthews, a young woman with a secret. Costars of the show included Michael Cassidy, Taylor Handley, Sharon Lawrence, D.W. Moffett, Gail O'Grady and Ellary Porterfield. That same year, on October 1, she made a guest appearance in the David Duchovny series “Californication.”
Back to the big screen, Heard starred opposite Sean Faris in the teen movie “Never Back Down” (2008), was cast as love interest Angie Anderson in director David Gordon Green's comedy “Pineapple Express” (2008), and appeared with Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder and Billy Bob Thornton in “The Informers” (2008), which was adapted from a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, who also wrote the screenplay.
Heard will star opposite Heather Graham and Matthew Settle in John Inwood’s “Ex-Terminators” (2009), team up with Demi Moore, David Duchovny and Gary Cole for the Derrick Borte drama “The Joneses” (2009) and join Zach Gilford and William Hurt in the based-on-novel “The River Why” (2009). She is also set to play Kelly in the remake of “The Stepfather” (2009), which also stars Penn Badgley and Sela Ward.
Apart from acting, Heard has done several modeling gigs. She has graced the covers of Saturday Night Magazine (June 2008) and Maxim Magazine (August 2008). She also appeared in television commercials for Saturn and Pacific Heat & Electric and in print ads for Luxe Apothotique Boutique, Safer Internet Sites and JRC Model & Talent.
“There's no real talent involved in modeling. Acting has substance.” Amber Heard