Later that month, Heard sued Depp's friend, comedian Doug Stanhope for defamation after he wrote in a column for The Wrap that she was blackmailing Depp, and withdrew her initial request for spousal support.
and issued a joint statement with Depp, which said that their "relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.
In order to get the part, she was required to lose 25 pounds.
The series premiered in the United States on May 30, 2007 to mixed to negative reviews from the critics.
Filmed already in 2013, Of her decision to come out, she said: "I think when I became aware of my role in the media, I had to ask myself an important question 'Am I part of the problem?
' And I think that when millions and millions of hard-working, taxpaying Americans are denied their rights and denied their equality you have to ask yourself what are the factors that are an epidemic problem and that's what this is." In April 2015, Heard and Depp breached Australia's strict biosecurity laws when they failed to declare their two Yorkshire terriers to the Australian Customs Service when they flew by private jet into Queensland, where he was working on a film.
Her breakthrough came in 2008 with roles in Never Back Down and Pineapple Express.
She received the Breakthrough Award at Young Hollywood Awards.Heard is involved in social activism for causes such as LGBT rights and is a supporter of Habitat for Humanity; Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation campaign; The Art of Elysium; and Amnesty International. She made her film debut in the sports drama Friday Night Lights (2004), which starred Billy Bob Thornton and was a commercial and critical success.Heard's earliest acting work included appearances in two music videos, Kenny Chesney's "There Goes My Life" and Eisley's "I Wasn't Prepared", small supporting roles in The WB's short-lived series Jack & Bobby (2004) and The Mountain (2004), and a guest starring role as a salesgirl in the popular teen drama series The O. In the next two years, she had small supporting roles in several feature films, including Drop Dead Sexy (2005), Price to Pay (2006), You Are Here (2006), and Alpha Dog (2006), and appeared in an episode of the police procedural Criminal Minds as a love interest of main character Spencer Reid.She also won a Breakthrough Award in Hollywood Film Festival.Her other film releases in 2008 were the critically panned Bret Easton Ellis adaptation The Informers, in which she was part of an ensemble cast, and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, an unconventional slasher film in which she had one of her first leading roles.According to journalist James Mottram of the British newspaper The Independent, 2015 was a "watershed year" in Heard's career.