Christina Ricci explains how Johnny Depp explained to her “what homosexuality was”
Years before starring onscreen together, Christina Ricci learned an important life lesson from Johnny Depp.
The actress, 42, recently opened up about discovering ‘what being gay’ was about Depp, 59, in a phone call when she was 9, while filming in the 1990s Sirens alongside Cher and Depp’s girlfriend, Winona Ryder.
“Something was happening on set and somebody wasn’t being nice to somebody else. And they were like, ‘Oh, well, he might be homophobic,'” Ricci told Andy Cohen during a phone call for his SiriusXM show this week. “And then I was like, ‘Well, I don’t understand what this is. ”
“And I was in Winona’s trailer and she was like, ‘I don’t know how [to explain].’ So she put me on the phone with Johnny, and Johnny explained it to me,” the actress recalled.
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According to Ricci, Depp explained it in “the simplest terms” and “very down to earth”.
“He was like, ‘This is when a man wants to have sex with a man and when a woman wants to have sex with a woman.’ And I was like, ‘Ah, okay,'” she said.
“I love that Winona Ryder had to put you on the phone with Johnny Depp to get that story that she somehow couldn’t spit, or, I mean, you have Cher in the next tape -ad,” joked Cohen, 54.
“I know, we should have raced there,” Ricci said.
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Although Depp and Ricci first met when she was a child, they continued to star together in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), sleepy hollow (1999) and The crying man (2000).
The latter marked Ricci’s first sex scene, which she had with Depp. And as she told ABC News in 2000, “I’ve known Johnny for so long, he’s been protective of me as my older brother and it’s weird to think about having sex with him.”
“So we know enough about each other to laugh about. He said it was ‘like we’re rooting like pigs,'” she added.
According to Ricci, who also played Depp’s love interest in sleepy hollowa decision was made at the beginning of the production of The crying man “that Johnny and I would never undress because in gypsy culture it is forbidden for women to be naked.”