DE­BUT

The L’Oréal Paris global am­bas­sador, ac­tress and ac­tivist is mak­ing sure her voice (and yours) is be­ing heard.

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AM­BER HEARD and I are both fast talk­ers, which means my in­ter­view with the ac­tress seems to pass in the blink of a cat­eye-lined eye. What did I learn? She’s en­gag­ing and pas­sion­ate, whether she’s dis­cussing the art of film­mak­ing or rep­re­sen­ta­tion for women in Hol­ly­wood. (The ac­tress is now as well known for her cru­sade against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and misog­yny as she is for her ex­cel­lent act­ing.) Heard, who next stars in the su­per­hero flick Aqua­man, is also su­per-cu­ri­ous and asks me al­most as many ques­tions as I dish out. We spend a good five min­utes dis­cussing our re­cent lob hair­cuts; this is the short­est she’s ever gone, and she “freaked out” about it. FYI: It’s per­fect.

ONLY THE BE­GIN­NING “I moved out to L.A. at 17 with less than $100 in my pocket be­cause I like telling sto­ries [as an ac­tor]. I knew no one, re­ally. I’m here to­day be­cause I’m very lucky—there are so many men and women who flood Hol­ly­wood with the same dreams and tal­ent. Here’s the worst part: Out of all the films be­ing made, only 30 per­cent of them have speak­ing roles for women.”

HEAR US ROAR “We can’t just rely on hash­tags and marches. We’ve got to pick up the pens, we’ve got to pick up the cam­eras, we’ve got to pick up our scripts. We can’t ex­pect our sto­ries to be told ad­e­quately by peo­ple who haven’t lived them.”

CUR­RENT TV BINGE “The Hand­maid’s Tale— I’ve loved that book for­ever.”

SUPERPOWERED “I knew I wanted to do Aqua­man when they pitched me. I play Mera; she’s a war­rior queen and badass. I read the comic book, and in one scene she and Aqua­man both save the day; one of the towns­peo­ple they saved says: ‘Who is that? Aqua­woman?’ She turns around and says: ‘I have my own name. It’s Mera.’ And I was like ‘Yes!’”

FAVE FOOD “Choco­late and red wine.”

LIP OR EYE? “Red lips!”

From top: L’Oréal Paris Rouge Sig­na­ture in I Am Worth It ($14); Heard as Mera in Aqua­man; The Hand­maid’s Tale; leather and fab­ric heels, M. Gemi ($485). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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