After losing her defamation case against her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard made her first public appearance on Friday. A day before the world premiere of her newest movie, In the Fire, the actress traveled to Italy to attend the Taormina Film Festival. For the occasion, she wore a white T-shirt with a wraparound skirt to match. She socialized with other participants and signed autographs for admirers there.
Heard also joined her co-star Eduardo Noriego and the director of In the Fire, Conor Allyn, on the red carpet, Saturday night. Ahead of its premiere, Heard spoke about the project with PEOPLE.
Amber Heard In Taormina, Italy
Amber Heard at Taormina Film Festival held at Teatro Antico on June 24, 2023, in Taormina, Italy. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Deadline via Getty Images)
“It’s a beautiful movie about the almost supernatural effect and force of love,” she told the outlet. “It is about the boundaries that love can cross and its creation, and really about the overwhelming power that love has. I don’t want to sound cheesy about it, but it’s a movie about love.”
According to a press release obtained by PEOPLE, Heard will play a “pioneering psychiatrist who sets out to treat a desperate child at a time when psychiatry is not yet a respected science. While the woman tries to psychoanalyze the child, the nefarious events intensify and her ‘cure’ becomes a race to save the little boy from the fury of his fellow citizens, and perhaps, even from himself.” In addition to In the Fire, Heard is also expected to be making an appearance in the upcoming film, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The movie hits theaters in December.
The appearance comes over a year after Depp successfully argued in court that Heard defamed him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed about sexual violence. In the end, Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages. However, the jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages for her countersuit against Depp.