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Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci had a candid chat about learning what it was like to be gay when Ricci was just 9 and working with Depp’s girlfriend at the time, Winona Ryder, on the classic from the 90s, “Mermaids”.
The ‘Yellowjackets’ star recalled the conversation while chatting with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM’s ‘Radio Andy’ show, and recalled later working with Depp on ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.
“Johnny [Depp] is actually the person who explained to me what homosexuality was when I was 9 years old,” she said.
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Cohen asked, “Really? And how did this happen and how did he explain it?”
“Something was happening on set and someone wasn’t being nice to someone else,” Ricci said. “And they were like, ‘Oh, well, he might be homophobic.’ And then I was like, ‘Well, I don’t understand what this is.’ And, and I was at Winona’s [Ryder] trailer, and she was like, ‘I don’t know how…’ So she put me on the phone with Johnny. And Johnny explained it to me.”
Depp and Ryder started dating in 1990 and got engaged after a few months of dating, but ended their tumultuous relationship for good in 1993.
Patriarch Bravo was stunned and said, “It’s amazing.”
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“Yeah, and like the simplest terms,” she added. “He said to me, ‘It’s when a man wants to sleep with a man and when a woman wants to sleep with a woman,’ and I was like, ‘Ah, okay.'”
Cohen looked confused as he tried to clarify, “This is years after you were on ‘The Addams Family’. You had a sleepover at Cher’s. Are you just finding out what a gay person is?”
“So, no, it was on the set of ‘Mermaids’. When I was 9. My first film set,” she said.
“Mermaids” was based on Patty Dann’s 1986 novel and marked Ricci’s film debut. She has also performed alongside Cher and Bob Hoskins.
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“I thought it was on the set of ‘Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas.’ I’m like…” Cohen joked, before Ricci added, “No, that would have been totally crazy.”
Cohen thought it was “very nice” of Depp to “explain it well”, with Ricci reassuring him that everything was “very simple, like I just did”.
“I love that Winona Ryder had to put you on the phone with Johnny Depp to get that story that she somehow couldn’t spit, or, I mean, you have Cher in the next tape -announcement.”
“I know, we should have raced there,” Ricci said.
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