What Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Penélope Cruz and more co-stars have said about working with Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp’s former leading lady, agent and exec have claimed the actor was difficult to work with when drugs and alcohol reportedly dictated his demeanor.

However, many of Depp’s former co-stars offer a loyal, stark contrast to recent statements during the 58-year-old movie star’s vicious defamation trial with his ex-wife and “Aquaman” actress Amber Heard, 36.

First off, actress Ellen Barkin, who had a romantic — or “sexual” — relationship with Depp when they both starred in the 1998 cult-classic film “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” testified that he drank a bottle of wine during their relationship threw her .

Barkin, 68, said the actor got into an argument with friends in a hotel room when he threw the item. She also echoed Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard’s claim that he was a “jealous man.”

“Controlling,” is how Barkin described Depp. “Ask me, ‘Where are you going? Who are you going to meet?”

Another time: “I had a scratch on my back that once made him very, very angry because he insisted I had sex with a person who wasn’t him,” she said in the statement, which 2019 and she played for a jury in the Virginia trial on Thursday.

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Depp and his former girlfriend Ellen Barkin in Los Angeles in 1994.
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Meanwhile, Depp’s former agent, Tracey Jacobs, said his professional reputation took a hit when he showed up late for projects, including the production of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, due to drugs and alcohol.

“Crews don’t love to sit around for hours until the star comes up,” Jacobs said. “People talked… and people hesitated to use it.”

His former executive Joel Mandel echoed Jacobs’ claims, claiming Depp’s spending habits had become “alarming” in 2011 and that he was spending thousands on prescription drugs.

The negative claims are among the first the public heard about Depp in this trial — aside from those made by Heard and her team, of course — but have his former co-stars ever criticized his professionalism?

Here’s what other co-stars have said about working with Depp:

Eve Green

Eva Green, Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean co-star, has publicly supported the actor on Instagram during his ongoing legal battle.

“I have no doubt that Johnny will be revealed to the world with his good name and beautiful heart and life will be better than ever for him and his family,” the 41-year-old French actress wrote after testifying on Thursday .

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Depp and his co-star Eva Green in the UK in 2012. Green praised the actor’s “good name and wonderful heart.”
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Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom told the BBC that working with Depp during 2003’s The Curse of the Black Pearl was the most fun he’s ever had.

“I got to work with one of my heroes, Johnny Depp, and see him do business, which was really inspiring for me at this point in my career,” said Bloom, 45.

He also gushed about Depp’s dedication to his craft: “I knew he would bring something unique, just like he always does with his roles. I just didn’t know what it would be when I saw it, it was amazing.”

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Depp’s co-star Orlando Bloom called the actor “one of my heroes” after working together in 2003.
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Winona Ryder

Depp and Winona Ryder, 50, co-starred in Tim Burton’s 1990 Edward Scissorhands and got engaged five months after dating during that time.

“I can only speak from my own experience – which differs greatly from what is being said,” Ryder said time in June 2016, after Heard’s allegations first made headlines. “He was never, never like that with me. Never abusive to me at all. I just know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people he loves.”

The two-time Oscar nominee and ‘Stranger Things’ star also gave testimony at the Depp Heard trial in the UK in 2020: “I understand it’s very important that I speak from personal experience as I’m obviously not there at the time was his marriage to Amber,” Ryder wrote. “But after my experience, which was so completely different, I was absolutely shocked, confused and upset when I heard the allegations against him.”

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Winona Ryder was “absolutely shocked, confused and upset to hear the allegations against” her former fiancé.
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Kevin McNally

Depp’s “Pirates” co-star Kevin McNally had nothing bad to say about the actor in a 2021 interview with LADbible.

“I never saw even a hint of a dark side in Johnny,” he said. “I see a great philanthropist and a wonderful human being. I see no reason why he shouldn’t come back and play Jack Sparrow.”

That won’t happen, of course, as Blockbuster franchise producer Jerry Bruckheimer, 78, has announced Depp won’t be returning, at least “not at this point.”

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Kevin McNally, Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean co-star, had “never seen a hint of a dark side in Johnny.”
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Keira Knightly

Another Pirates graduate, Keira Knightley, told IGN in 2003 that the actors can hardly get through scenes without laughing.

“He’s just great. It’s really weird because he’s a big Hollywood star, but he’s such a nice guy,” she said. “We were over by the crafts wagon and he made a cup of tea and we talked and giggled and then made a scene. He’s just really, really, really lovable.”

The two-time Oscar nominee continued, “He’s one of the few actors right now who’s going to take these huge risks, and it was a risk. He has the guts to play a role like that and I think that’s brilliant.”

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Depp’s co-star Keira Knightley called the actor “really, really, really adorable” after co-starring with him in 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie gushed about her time with Depp on The Tourist in 2010.

“He’s just such a nice guy. He’s so funny and so much fun to hang out with,” said Jolie, 46, at a press party for the film at the time.

“He’s not just someone who makes this fun [movies]; He’s a really adventurous, heartfelt artist who gives a lot and is very kind on set to everyone and his fellow actors. He’s just a pleasure.”

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Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp collaborated on The Tourist in 2010.
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Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway and Depp have collaborated on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and the Oscar-winning Les Misérables has praised Depp’s down-to-earth manner.

“There’s such a mystique about him that I feel like his fans and the media are drawn to him,” she said in 2010. “And he’s as real a person as you can get. I think he’s exactly who he would be if he hadn’t had this fame.

“I admire that so much – not only has it not gone to his head, it hasn’t changed him one iota, and I think that’s remarkable.”

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway has said that Depp is “as real a person as you can get”.
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Annasophia Robb

AnnaSophia Robb was just 9 years old when she began filming Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opposite Depp in 2005.

“He’s really, really down to earth and treats everyone with the same amount of respect,” she said of Depp at the time. “He invited you to his trailer and talks to you and jokes with you. Little simple things that make you feel comfortable and not “Oh my god, it’s Johnny Depp”. It’s just like, ‘Oh, it’s Johnny.'”

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AnnaSophia Robb worked with Depp in 2005 when she was just 9 years old and said the actor “treats everyone with the same level of respect”.
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Penelope Cruz

Actress Penélope Cruz couldn’t wait to work with Depp again when she joined the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

“I’ve missed working with him all these years because we had a great experience making ‘Blow,'” Cruz told Access Hollywood via Digital Spy of their 2001 collaboration.

Like Knightley, Cruz said Depp made her giggle.

“Our problem is that we can’t stop laughing,” the Oscar winner continued. “Sometimes that can really become a problem for us because we couldn’t control ourselves on some days. I always say it’s a good problem because that’s going to reflect the chemistry of in the end [our] Characters.”

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Penélope Cruz, who worked with Depp in 2001’s Blow and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, said of her relationship with the actor, “Our problem is that we can’t stop laughing.”
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Kaya Scodelario

Brazilian ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actress Kaya Scodelario opened up about how Depp helped her step into the role.

“We just lay on a piece of green screen and had to pretend to fall,” she told the Evening Standard in 2017. “I didn’t know what the hell I was going to do and I looked over at him and as soon as she’ Action’ said he was just totally committed, he didn’t care if it made him look silly or weird or weird,” she gushed. “That inspired me to let go and lose my mind.”

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Kaya Scodelario was inspired by Depp’s acting skills while working with him on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
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Julia Lewis

Juliette Lewis and Depp co-starred with Leonardo DiCapro in 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

“Johnny demeans himself. Is that the right word? Anyway, sometimes he humiliates himself too much,” Lewis described the actor to the LA Times in 1993. Merriam-Webster defines the phrase as “the act or process of belittling oneself in status, esteem, quality, or character.”

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Juliette Lewis called Depp “self-degrading” back in 1993.
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