It’s without a doubt that Lily-Rose Depp is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry right now and for good reason, too. After all, she’s the prodigal daughter of two of the biggest names on both sides of the Atlantic: her father Johnny Depp is a huge Hollywood star while her mother Vanessa Paradis is an A-lister in her native France. It’s no surprise that someone like Lily-Rose Depp would decide to follow in her parents’ footsteps by becoming an actress herself. She seems to be loving the limelight, and we are sure to see more of her in the future.
Yet, Lily-Rose has become quite a controversial figure, too. A lot of people say that she only gets picked for the projects she’s in or her modelling campaigns simply because she’s the daughter of two very famous actors. And while we can debate that all night long, a lot of people have also said that she doesn’t have that “it” factor that other actresses and models in her position have. However, the many risqué photos that the young girl posts seem to suggest she loves the attention. But if there’s one person who is worried about Lily-Rose and her future, it’s definitely her father, Johnny Depp. He’s even said in the past that she would be better off not working as a model or on movie sets. With that being said, here are 15 photos that Johnny definitely doesn’t want you to see of his little girl.
15 She Always Wanted Fame
Lily-Rose knew from a very little age that she was going to be famous. After all, her father Johnny Depp is one of the biggest names in Hollywood and her mother is like the Queen of French cinema. There was no way that she was going to pass up any opportunity to become a star herself. She knew from the moment that she began to walk and talk that she was going to be a huge star, regardless of whether her parents liked it or not. After all, she was just walking in their own footsteps, right?
As a matter of fact, Lily-Rose has even said, “When I was a baby, I wore my mom's Chanel pumps – to be able to say that I work with Karl Lagerfeld is a dream come true.” It’s been several years and Lily-Rose is still Karl’s go-to model for all of his campaigns.
14 She Has More Confidence Than Her Parents
While Lily-Rose is being treated like Hollywood royalty, many people have also noticed that she has much more confidence than her own father Johnny Depp did at her age. She’s also driven and she’s ambitious, and it’s without a doubt that she knows what she wants. She clearly has her eyes set on fame and success, and she won't stop until she has achieved her goals.
Her father had to fight to get where he is today. It wasn’t easy for him. He didn’t have any Hollywood connections and he certainly didn’t have famous parents to help him every step of the way. Johnny has said in the past, “As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too.” At 18 years old, she is already extremely confident.
13 She Had No Rules Growing Up
From the moment she was born, it seemed as though Lily-Rose’s parents Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis had a very relaxed approach when it came to parenting. As a matter of fact, Lily-Rose once even admitted that she didn’t grow up with many rules. She did what she wanted, when she wanted. While we don’t know this for sure, it seemed like Lily-Rose’s parents didn’t really care what she did, as long as she was safe. She got to make her own rules.
That might be part of the reason why the budding Hollywood actress and model has been acting like an adult and taking care of herself for many years now. Lily-Rose once explained, “My parents weren't very strict. They've always trusted me to be independent and make my own decisions. There wasn't really anything to rebel against.” Clearly this independent spirit is serving her well already.
12 She Has No Plans To Pursue An Education
Not only did Lily-Rose grow up with no rules, but apparently she didn’t grow up with much of an education, either. Instead, she’s been focusing on her modelling career and her acting career in Hollywood. And so far it seems to be working as the young teen is not only Karl Lagerfeld’s muse, but she’s also had the opportunity to work with Oscar-winning stars like Natalie Portman.
Plus, Lily-Rose once called out her own parents, stating that they had no room to tell her to get an education when they didn’t have one themselves. For the most part, Lily-Rose thinks that she can get away with not going to college simply because she has one of the most famous names in the entertainment industry right now. In other words, why go to college when your father is Johnny Depp?
11 Social Media Stresses Her Out
Just like so many other young celebrities her age, Lily-Rose has admitted that social media stresses her out. But at the same time, she understands just how important it is for her to reach out to her fans and of course, set the record straight when she needs to. When her father’s ex-wife Amber Heard blasted Johnny Depp in the media, Lily-Rose wrote on her Instagram account that her father was the most caring, loving man that she’s ever known in this world. There was no way that she was going to let someone like Amber take down her father in a nasty smear campaign.
Lily-Rose has said, “I would be much less stressed out without social media. I am constantly afraid of getting hacked. It's like being afraid of stepping on glass.”
10 Daddy Is Worried About Her Future
Johnny Depp has made it no secret that he’s worried about seeing his little girl in the spotlight. He knows just how difficult and sometimes destructive it can be to live your life in the Hollywood spotlight. After all, he’s one person who has done it all and seen it all. As much as he would love to see his children take on different career paths, it just hasn’t happened. Lily-Rose is chasing fame the same way her father did at her age.
So could this be a case of like daddy, like daughter? Perhaps so. Johnny once said, “People say I make strange choices, but they're not strange for me. My sickness is that I'm fascinated by human behavior, by what's underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people.”
9 She Has A Much Older Boyfriend
While it does seem like Lily-Rose Depp has enough confidence and maturity to make it in the fickle world that is Hollywood, if there is something that Johnny Depp is concerned about, it’s her much older boyfriend. As a matter of fact, Lily-Rose has been dating 25-year-old Ash Stymest for several years now, despite their 7-year age gap. While that may seem like a small age gap, it is significant when one part of the couple is only 18.
To complicate matters even more, Ash carries a little baggage with him, too. Apparently, he dumped his baby mama to be with Lily-Rose. If that weren’t enough, he also shares a 5-year-old daughter with his ex, Maille Doyle. To put things in perspective for you, Lily-Rose was only 13 years old when Ash’s daughter Summer was born. Yikes. And apparently, Lily-Rose and Ash look like they are going strong, too. The couple was just spotted out and about in Los Angeles.
8 She’s No Gigi Hadid Or Kendall Jenner
If there’s one thing that Lily-Rose wants the world to know, it’s that she’s no Gigi Hadid and she’s certainly no Kendall Jenner, either. Sure, all three models have one thing in common: they have famous parents and famous last names that have helped get them to where they are today. But according to Lily-Rose, Gigi and Kendall are not in the same category as she is. They are not couture material and they certainly aren’t the kind of people who can call Karl Lagerfeld their best friend, either. Lily-Rose has her sights set on something bigger than Victoria's Secret.
As a matter of fact, we are yet to see Lily-Rose walk the same runway as her privileged counterparts. It just hasn’t happened and it doesn’t look like it will happen on Lily-Rose’s watch either. She wants nothing to do with either one of the girls. We can see her becoming a high fashion model, while Kendall and Gigi remain more mainstream.
7 She Won’t Stop
While no one knows what is in store for Lily-Rose’s future, one thing is for certain: she won’t stop until she gets to the top. Lily-Rose knows that the world is watching her and that’s why she always puts her best face forward. After all, she grew up in the Hollywood spotlight. She knows the game better than many people her age.
And while there’s no doubt that we will continue seeing Lily-Rose model and act in the coming years, it’ll be interesting to see if she can show the world that she’s got her father’s acting talents or if she has the same kind of command that her mother Vanessa used to have in front of the camera. Either way, Lily-Rose is determined to prove to the world that she’s worth it. We will be eagerly watching to see if the girl is capable of all she aims to achieve.
6 But Is She Model Material?
It’s no secret that a lot of people think that Lily-Rose Depp is making it simply because she’s riding off her father’s famous last name. Because let’s be realistic here: she doesn’t have any credible acting experience (or talent for that matter) and she isn’t what you would call model material. Sure, she looks just like her famous mother Vanessa Paradis, but she lacks that “it factor” that her mother had when she was her age. Plus, she’s nowhere near as tall as she should be to be a supermodel.
Yet, despite all of these flaws, Lily-Rose Depp has managed to walk on some of the most important catwalks and of course, win roles that other struggling actors her age can only dream to someday have. A lot of critics have even said that if it weren’t for her parents, Lily-Rose wouldn’t be the star that she is today. And honestly, we agree with that statement.
5 Media Criticism
Just like any other celebrity spawn who is trying to use their famous parents to help their own careers, Lily-Rose has gotten plenty of criticism in the media. It’s no secret that a lot of people think that this level of nepotism is clearly unfair as there are plenty of struggling actors and actresses out there waiting for their big break. And instead of hardworking actors getting them, roles are going to people like Lily-Rose Depp instead. As a result, Lily-Rose often gets bullied by the media and online on social media, too.
If there’s one person who knows the feeling all too well, it’s her father. He’s even said, “If someone is being bullied or feels like an outsider, and they relate to something that I've done, even if it's just igniting a spark, that's great. I had that feeling as a kid. I was messed with to no end.”
4 Personal Vs. Private Life
If there’s one thing that Lily-Rose has learned over the years (despite the fact that she no longer goes to school) it’s that you shouldn’t reveal too much about yourself in the public eye. That’s why she’s very careful about the things she posts on social media and the things she doesn’t post. She doesn’t want to live with any regrets or worse, allow people to get to know the “real” her. She’s seen what crazy fans can do and that’s why she’s very careful about guarding her own privacy. However, she has begun sharing more and more photos of herself on social media.
That’s why the young actress insists that a lot of people don’t know the real “her.” Lily-Rose has even said on the record, “I never like revealing too much about myself. Once you start giving people that look into your life, then they just want more and more.” We hope she always stays this private and doesn't fall prey to the lure of social media.
3 Vanessa’s Silence
If there’s one thing that has troubled many critics, it’s the fact that Lily-Rose’s mother Vanessa Paradis has remained relatively silent while her daughter has been doing her own thing for several years now. Sure, she has been spotted supporting her at several runway shows in Paris, but she hasn’t said anything about her daughter’s risqué photoshoots or the fact that she often shows a little too much skin in front of the paparazzi. Lily-Rose Depp is quickly becoming famous, and that brings along a host of risks.
But then again, Vanessa isn’t one to complain. Her daughter is simply doing what she used to do as a teen, too. And apparently, the French beauty has no regrets. She even once told a journalist during an interview, “How many times do I have to repeat this: my childhood was fantastic.” We believe you, Vanessa.
2 The Media Circus
If there’s one thing that Lily-Rose has done a great job of handling, it’s all of the media attention that she gets whenever she’s either out and about or on the red carpet. She doesn’t panic, she doesn’t freak out, and she certainly doesn’t lash out at photographers the same way her father used to do. Instead, she knows how important it is to remain calm and cool like a cucumber. It’s all part of the celebrity package and that is something Lily-Rose understands very well.
Lily-Rose has said, “I grew up with the media circus. My whole life. My parents were very calm about the photographers, the fans, and all that. But I understood right away that I hadn't done anything to deserve that attention. No matter what happens, it will be there. I didn't choose it. You just can't take that too seriously. You need to live your life. And stay calm.”
1 A Career On Both Sides Of The Atlantic
If there’s one advantage that Lily-Rose Depp has compared to a lot of other celebrity kids her age, it’s that she can easily have a career on both sides of the Atlantic. That’s because she grew up speaking French in her mother’s native France and she also spent a lot of time growing up in Los Angeles, too. As a result, Lily-Rose grew up knowing both cultures very well and what’s more, she has no problem speaking in front of the cameras in both French and in English.
Yet, it does seem that Lily-Rose would rather pursue a career in Hollywood than in Paris. She’s yet to sign on for any projects that require her to speak in French. If anything, Lily-Rose has proven that she wants to be a star on both sides of the ocean and that’s why she’s putting all of her energy into breaking into the Hollywood scene.