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June 30, 2015 09:40 AM

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Amber Heard has been honest and open about her sexuality for years, although it wasn’t always easy as an actress on the rise.

The Magic Mike XXL star, 29, spoke to The Times in a recent interview about her decision to come out as bisexual while growing her Hollywood career.

“At that time I didn’t know of anyone else in my position who was a working female lead actress,” Heard told the U.K. newspaper, as reported by The Independent.

“I don’t want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me. But I don’t want to have to be defined by it,” she continued. “I’m fundamentally opposed to trying to edit myself to be palatable or popular. I don’t give a f—. I fight, but I shouldn’t have to.”

Heard also told the publication she had a part in rewriting her lines for the Magic Mike sequel to suggest that her character was bisexual and that she appreciated the film’s “reversed gender roles.”

Said Heard of the male stripper film, “It’s a film about men seeking sexual attention It gives the power position to women. My character’s function has nothing to do with her sexuality.”

Heard, who married actor Johnny Depp, 52, in February, first came out in 2010 during an event hosted by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

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