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Johnny Depp Shares His Island and Happiness With Vanity Fair

Johnny Depp is on the cover of July's Vanity Fair, and inside he opens up about his new movie, Public Enemies, his family, and his private Caribbean island called Little Hall's Pond Cay. He took one of the magazine's writers along for a trip to the area, sharing details about the joy he finds just being there. Here's more:

  • On his private island, Little Hall’s Pond Cay "I don’t think I'd ever seen any place so pure and beautiful . . . You can feel your pulse rate drop about 20 beats. It's instant freedom. And that rare beast — simplicity — can be had. And a little morsel of anonymity . . . Whenever I was getting frustrated about being 'novelty boy' and making movies, I told myself, Calm down. I can come down here and disappear. I spent the Christmas season here with Vanessa and the kids. You can feed hot dogs to the nurse sharks in the Exumas — but it's best to not swim when doing it."
  • On his love of painting: "When I can focus on something like guitar or painting, I do . . . I started painting people I admire, like Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Nelson Algren, Marlon Brando, Patti Smith, my girl, my kids. I painted Hunter a couple of times. Keith Richards. What I love to do is paint people’s faces, y'know, their eyes. Because you want to find that emotion, see what’s going on behind their eyes."
  • On keeping the island for his family: "Nobody is going to ever ruin the Land and Sea Park. It's like a rare gem, a diamond. I look forward to my kids growing up on the island, spending months out of the year here . . . learning about sea life and how to protect sea life . . . and their kids growing up here, and so on . . . Theoretically, this place can add years to your life . . . Money doesn't buy you happiness. But it buys you a big enough yacht to sail right up to it."
  • On Tom Cruise's performance in Tropic Thunder: "That's the best I've ever seen Cruise." When asked if Cruise’s portrayal reminds Depp of any Hollywood executives, he says, "All of them."

This interview is a rare insight into nice guy Johnny's life with Vanessa, Lily Rose, and Jack, and make sure to check out the photo slideshow here and when the issue hits newsstands nationally on June 9.


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Ana-V452519 Ana-V452519 6 years
Love the b&w photo. And the cover is real, not so retouched, that's a plus :) Johnny is great! Really like the story about his paintings, sounds interesting.
Ana-V452519 Ana-V452519 6 years
Love the b&w photo. And the cover is real, not so retouched, that's a plus :) Johnny is great! Really like the story about his paintings, sounds interesting.
Nataliacosta Nataliacosta 6 years
My man Johnny,I will marry with him. I'm kidding!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 6 years
Ahh I just love him...he sounds like a wonderful man. Its nice that he can escape to his private island whenever he needs to get away from the Hollywood scene. His comment about Tom Cruise wasn't a diss at all. In the interview, he watches "Tropic Thunder" and he said he though Tom did an excellent job in the film. He is not discounting his past acting accomplishments.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 6 years
Ahh I just love him...he sounds like a wonderful man. Its nice that he can escape to his private island whenever he needs to get away from the Hollywood scene.His comment about Tom Cruise wasn't a diss at all. In the interview, he watches "Tropic Thunder" and he said he though Tom did an excellent job in the film. He is not discounting his past acting accomplishments.
closetrebels closetrebels 6 years
He's so classy and gorgeous and sounds like such a wonderful husband and dad.
Vivivonpurrr Vivivonpurrr 6 years
He has aged.....but VERY GRACEFULLY I might add! He will FOREVER be ......THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE!
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
I like that he actually does look older in that cover photo - he still looks gorgeous but not retouched at all. plus he looks very caribbean; like desi arnaz or someone (he has a desi expression). I luv everything about this man, if only I could be on his island with him...
LaurAsh988 LaurAsh988 6 years
He is so attractive it's sick and he just gets better with age.
nivradmitch828 nivradmitch828 6 years
can't wait to get my copy of the mag...love this guy..
Cristy0010 Cristy0010 6 years
Love Johnny and I can't wait to watch Public Enemies...
eveday eveday 6 years
*thinks.
eveday eveday 6 years
*thinks.
eveday eveday 6 years
If he think he's the best then he's absolutely right.
FrogsOblivious FrogsOblivious 6 years
*siiigh* what a lovely interview ;) too perfect ♥:D LoL I always thought that was Tom Cruise’s best role, not meant as a slam- cause he was great x)
FrogsOblivious FrogsOblivious 6 years
*siiigh* what a lovely interview ;)too perfect ♥:DLoL I always thought that was Tom Cruise’s best role, not meant as a slam- cause he was great x)
clew001 clew001 6 years
he is still so beautiful
clew001 clew001 6 years
he is still so beautiful
popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
he's just perfect
popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
he's just perfect
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
it's always strange to me when celebs are asked about other actors - but ok. anyway, i think that it's a great sentiment that he has about his kids growing up on the island. it's nice to have the kind of lifestyle that allows for that.as for his new movie - I CAN'T WAIT!
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
it's always strange to me when celebs are asked about other actors - but ok. anyway, i think that it's a great sentiment that he has about his kids growing up on the island. it's nice to have the kind of lifestyle that allows for that. as for his new movie - I CAN'T WAIT!
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