Lily-Rose Depp isn’t your average 16-year-old.
With a Chanel contract, a film selected for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and 1.4 million (and growing) Instagram followers, the daughter of Johnny Depp and French star Vanessa Paradis has just added a Vanity Fair cover to her burgeoning résumé.
Appearing in the latest issue of the glossy’s French edition, Depp says she’s plunged head-first into French cinema after tenuous steps in two Kevin Smith films
“For me, it’s simple: I like to act,” she tells the magazine. “It frees me. I want to make it my craft.”
Her immersion, she says, came with the territory: “I was backstage at my mother’s concerts; on [my father’s] films, as well as my mother’s.”
“I loved the costumes and makeup. As a child I wanted to be a model or a singer,” she explains.
Her father, ever the protective but supportive parent, has said he was “quite worried” about her swift rise to fame – “especially not at this age.” But the budding actress, whom Planetarium director Rebeca Zlotowski raves is an “icon” in the making, seems keen on pursuing her passion.
Noting that by her age, both her parents had already left school, Depp says with a laugh: “They were in no position to tell me, ‘Get your diploma first.’ ”
Still, she has had a chance to learn from her father firsthand: The actor had a small role in his daughter’s 2014 film Tusk. “It’s there that I really took a liking to filmmaking,” she says. “I loved getting under the character’s skin. I had fun. It vibrated inside me.”
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La Danseuse, which has been selected for the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, stars Depp as American dancer Isadora Duncan, and features an impressive cast including Melanie Thierry, Gaspard Ulliel and singer-actress SoKo.
Director Stéphanie Di Giusto believes the role marks “the birth of a star.”
“This girl isn’t afraid of anything,” she tells Vanity Fair of Depp. “She has a way of moving her body and an incredible ability of abandonment. Lily-Rose was made for the role of Isadora Duncan.”