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my friends. She is just a genius. Lily-Rose
is interested in the arts. She is interested in
acting, possibly entertaining and singing
as well. She’s got the goods. She can
They are both great talents. I wish I could
shy them away from the entertainment
world because it’s not going to be easy for
them just because of their parents and all the
expectations and focus that will be on them ...
But the kids are going to make the decisions. If
that’s what they want to do, then it’s what they
want to do.
Q: In your own acting career, you’ve
tended to play characters on the margins
of society as well as oddballs. Do you still
feel like an outsider in some ways?
[Laughs] I think I will always feel like an
outsider. It’s the kind of feeling that sticks
with you somehow. I have a good life, I have
wonderful children and people I care about.
But I’ve never thought that I’ve made it no
matter how much success I’ve had as an actor.
For me, my career has been pure luck.
Q: You’ve said in the past that you have
a different connection to music that you
don’t have with films. Can you explain that?
With music, there’s an immediate connection
for me. Feeling emotion through the amplifier
directly to the audience. That’s what I grew up
with. Cinema’s a different animal. You shoot
a film for six months and it could be that it’s
not going to be edited and released for another
year, or more, later. And then, in my case, I
won’t even see [the movie].
Q: Music was very important to you when
you were growing up, wasn’t it?
Music was my way out of my misery when I
was growing up. I just thrived on it and felt
connected to it. I started listening to a lot of
Bob Dylan, the soundtrack from
, different stuff ... My brother [who
is 10 years Depp’s senior] was a huge
influence on me and introduced me to a lot
of great music.
So my guitar became my best friend and I
just threw myself into learning all the chords
and riffs from all the best groups that I was
listening to at the time.
If I hadn’t got into acting, I would have
loved to have become a musician and just
played the guitar for a living and just toured
and enjoyed life on the road. That’s how I
wound up going to LA. But when my band
broke up, acting was just an opportunity
that came up and my life went in a
Q: You’ve been on stage playing with a
number of artists such as Keith Richards,
Alice Cooper, the Black Keys and Marilyn
I’ve experienced a kind of rebirth in terms of
my relationship with music and its meaning
to me. I’ve had a beautiful time playing and
writing and being invited by some brilliant
musicians to play with them. It’s been
an honour for me and also a way of truly
reconnecting with something I love very dearly.
Q: Do you think music allows you to feel
less self-conscious or more at ease than
The process is different. Music is just so
visceral and you’re expressing yourself through
that in a way where you’re not afraid to reveal
yourself that way. I grew up with an outsider’s
mentality and music was my way of escaping
that feeling. But I love acting and creating
characters. I enjoy finding the child inside me
when I can explore different characters and
allow my imagination to go wild. I love being
able to try on different disguises that way and
not trying to imitate what I’ve done before.
That’s where I find acting enables me to
indulge in this beautiful feeling of becoming
another character for that time – and you hope
that audiences are going to appreciate the work.