Johnny Depp explained homosexuality to a young Christina Ricci (Picture: Getty.REX)
Christina Ricci has revealed it was Johnny Depp who explained to her what homosexuality was when they starred in a movie together.
The actress, now 42, was starring alongside Johnny, 59, and his then-girlfriend Winona Ryder, 50, in Mermaids in 1990 when she was just nine when an on-set conflict sparked her curiosity.
Christina revealed to Sirius XM’s Andy Cohen: ‘There was something going on on set and someone was not being nice to someone else. And they were like, “Oh, well, he might be homophobic.”
‘And then I was like, “Well, I don’t understand what that is.: And I was in Winona’s trailer and she was like, “I don’t know how [to explain].”
‘So she put me on the phone with Johnny, and Johnny explained it to me!’
Christina revealed that Johnny gave her a matter of fact explanation, adding: ‘He was like, “It’s when a man wants to have sex with a man and when a woman wants to have sex with a woman.” And I was like, “Ah, okay!”’
Winona Ryder (right) passed Christina’s (left) query on to Johnny (Picture: Orion/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)
Andy joked that Christina should have asked her onscreen mother Cher, who is a gay icon, to explain what homosexuality was, to which she replied: ‘I know, we should’ve run right over [to her trailer]!’
The pair worked together again almost a decade later in Sleepy Hollow where Christina was paired with Johnny for her first ever sex scene, which she found even stranger as she thought of him as a ‘brother’.
She explained: ‘Okay. So we know enough about each other to laugh at it. He said it was “like we were rooting around together like pigs”.
‘But the decision was made early on that Johnny and I would never be unclothed because in gypsy culture women are forbidden to be nude.’
Johnny and Christina also went on to work together on other hit films including 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as well as 2000’s The Man Who Cried.
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