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Amber Heard spoke about her experiences this year, telling Sky News: “Nothing could have prepared me for 2020.”

In an exclusive interview in the UK, the star explained how his new TV series, based on a Stephen King novel, forced her to ask questions about being faced with “incredible circumstances and incredible adversity, and all that is at stake.”

Eerely prescient, The Stand speaks of a flu that kills 99% of the population, and “a power struggle between good and evil”.

Filming for the show ended in March, just before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold.

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Depp leaves court with lawyer David Sherborne earlier this year

Heard, who plays one of the survivors of the outbreak, said despite the bizarre timing, nothing could have prepared her for the reality of 2020 – a year in which she has faced many challenges.

The 34-year-old actress made headlines this summer when she appeared as the Sun’s star witness in her ex-husband. Johnny Depp’s high profile libel case against the newspaper.

In November, Justice Nicol ruled that the tabloid’s report on allegations that Depp was violent towards Heard was “Practically true”.

At the moment, Heard can’t say too much about how relieved and justified she must be, as Depp has asked to appeal the judgment and is also suing her in the United States for a separate Washington Post article written two years ago. years.

If the trial in Virginia continues (it is currently scheduled for May 2021), the two will face the media circus once again.

Heard told Sky News: “Nothing could have prepared me for 2020, let’s face it. I don’t think I’m the only one saying it. I don’t think anything could have prepared me. ”

Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court a little later than usual on July 17
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The two stars could face a media circus again, but this time in the United States

In a year that has seen havoc on film and television sets across the world, bringing most productions to a halt, The Stand is “timely,” she says, given that they’ve managed to s ‘roll up just in time.

“We stopped filming at the end of March, luckily it was at the end of filming, but I still had to go do covers later when things started to reopen again, so it’s ironic that we had to stop filming. our show about a global pandemic and a power struggle between good and evil, and a government and society shutting down after a pandemic… right before one. It’s a really interesting time. ”

The Stand is one of King’s most beloved and longest-running books.

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Heard plays Nadine Cross, and while fans know what to expect from the character, for those unfamiliar with the story, she starts a total mystery.

“This is exactly what attracted me to Nadine, her complexity and her inability to categorize or easily define her is exactly what I think makes her compelling and made her the most interesting character.” to read for me, ”says the actress.

“I don’t want to play a character who is easy to understand or has transparent motivations, it’s more interesting to play a character who functions as a lot of us are behind several layers of masks that change, depending on our situation and who we are dealing with.

“And Nadine is like that on steroids, the stakes are really high for her and everything is on the line, so it was a challenge but that’s exactly why I was drawn to her. ”

Amber Heard as Nadine Cross and Gordon Cormier as Joe In The Stand.  Pic: Robert Falconer / CBS
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Heard as Nadine Cross and Gordon Cormier as Joe in the stand. Pic: Robert Falconer / CBS

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The series, which also stars Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden, and Alexander Skarsgard, examines how people cope when left to survive on their own.

While some band together, others choose to go it alone. Some cannot stand the new circumstances and choose to kill themselves.

Heard won’t question whether she considers herself a fighter or not – but thinks everyone will have been asking themselves similar questions this year.

Whoopi Goldberg as mother Abigail in the booth.  Pic: Robert Falconer / CBS
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Whoopi Goldberg as mother Abigail in the booth. Pic: Robert Falconer / CBS

“It’s part of what I love about the show in general, is that it gets audiences to think, ‘What would I do in the face of incredible circumstances and incredible adversity and everything is at stake? ”

” ” What would you do? What would you fight for? And then, you know, “who would you be?” I love that it forces you to think of it this way.

“And I know anyone who’s been through this year can relate – that’s exactly what we asked ourselves a lot. ”

This year has certainly been difficult for Heard.

Towards the end of Depp’s libel case, she made a statement in court saying it had been “incredibly painful” to relive her breakup, as well as the “traumatic and intimate details” of her life “being broadcast to the world. whole ”. She concluded by saying that she was finally hoping to move on.

Now The Stand is likely to gain attention for her acting – a spotlight the actress will no doubt prefer.

The booth will be broadcast on Starzplay from Sunday January 3.

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