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Lily-Rose Depp is currently making headlines for dating one of the current it-boys, Timothée Chalamet, but it’s hardly the first time she’s inspired press.
The 19-year-old daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis is the youngest-ever face of Chanel and boasts numerous starring movie roles.
Get to know the aspiring actress and blossoming model.
She’s the eldest daughter of Johnny Depp and French singer Vanessa Paradis.
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Lily-Rose was born on May 27, 1999. Her younger brother, John III, was born three years later on April 9, 2002.
Having never wed, Depp and Paradis announced their breakup in June 2012 after 14 years together.
“The last couple years have been a bit bumpy,” Depp told Rolling Stone in 2013. “At times, certainly unpleasant, but that’s the nature of breakups, I guess, especially when there are kiddies involved.”
He also discussed the birth of Lily-Rose in the cover story.
“It really was as if a veil was lifted, and things became clearer, and I went, ‘Oh, I f—ing get it now! That’s what it’s for! That’s what it’s for, this beautiful little creature that I took part in creating, making,'” the actor said. “As long as you have the opportunity to make your kid smile and laugh, and move it forward.”
She never graduated high school.
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In 2016, Lily-Rose left her exclusive Los Angeles prep school before completing her senior year.
“[My parents] both left school when they were 15, so they can’t really say anything,” she told Vogue UK. “I’ve never thought of university as my goal. I’ve always just wanted to work and be independent. I didn’t have any incentive to keep doing all that work.”
She has followed in her mother’s footsteps.
Lily-Rose has consistently used her mother as inspiration. In 2017, she mimicked old photographs of Paradis for a photo shoot with CR Fashion Book.
“Steven Klein had shot these amazing photographs of my mom when she was around my age,” Lily-Rose explained. “We shot in front of a mirror with the pictures taped to it. I have a similar grungy look.”
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???? Rp @lukegilford : I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of intimacy. It’s an important element in my work and a feeling I often try to convey in my films and photographs. I believe intimacy is developed the same way as a relationship – through mutual trust & respect, and over time. True intimacy cannot be forced and it’s not a one way street. It is so powerful because it takes a real connection to exist, and real connections take work, patience, and love. With this in mind, my friend Lily Rose Depp and I decided to start a new series of photographs together. We shared references over the course of weeks, many of them of her mother — obviously a very personal process for Lily. We went and bought a wig inspired by a shoot her mother had done decades before, and spent a couple days hanging out and taking photos together at home. It was just the two of us and our friend Walker, no crew whatsoever. The images of her in bed and crying especially move me because they are so honest. This experience was so inspiring because it reminded me how rewarding it is to collaborate with friends, and how meaningful it is to create authentic trust and intimacy. ❤️
Most notably, the young model has followed her mother down the Chanel runway. Paradis became the face of the legendary fashion house at age 19, and she raised her daughter to have the same passion.
“Chanel has always been part of my life,” Lily-Rose told Vogue UK in 2016. “My mom has worked with them since she was 18 and I’ve gone to the store with her since I was little. There are pictures of me literally in diapers wearing her Chanel pumps.”
She became the youngest-ever face of Chanel at age 16.
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In 2015, she made her first official appearance for the brand in a casino-themed couture show.
“It was the news we had all been waiting for since Vanessa Paradis’s daughter was photographed in head-to-toe Chanel with Lagerfeld at the Chanel Metiers d’Art Show in New York back in March,” Vogue wrote at the time. “Is she set to become a muse like her mother?“
Days later, Lily-Rose was named the newest ambassador of the storied French house and became the face of its Pearl eyewear collection.
In the years since, she has walked in countless Chanel shows and worn the brand almost exclusively on the red carpet. She also became the face of the new Chanel No. 5 L’Eau fragrance, joining the ranks of previous Chanel perfume ambassadors, including Marilyn Monroe and Gisele Bündchen.
She has a close relationship with Chanel front man Karl Lagerfeld.
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“I met Karl when I was eight and I had horrible side bangs – like a Donald Trump comb-over,” she told Vogue UK.
In the same feature, the head creative director also expressed his admiration for Lily-Rose.
“She used to come to the Chanel studio with her mother. She was a very sweet child, but who would have thought she would have such a strong and defined personality this early on?” he said. “Lily-Rose is a young girl from a new generation with all the qualities of a star.”
She is a rising star in the fashion industry.
Aside from her Chanel clout, Lily-Rose’s modeling career is blossoming. Since making her debut in Australian magazine Oyster in April 2015, she has appeared on the covers of LOVE magazine, Vogue France, ELLE France, Vogue UK, CR Fashion Book, Vogue Japan, and Vogue Russia.
At just 18 years old, Lily-Rose was named to the Business of Fashion 500, the “definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion industry,” according to the publication’s website.
“Lily-Rose Depp is currently the youngest Chanel brand ambassador to front global campaigns for the French house, acting as the most visible conduit between the French fashion house and the Gen Z consumer,” her entry reads.
In August 2015, she took part in the Self Evident Project, which many interpreted as her “coming out.”
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The project describes itself as “a photographic document of 10,000 people in the USA that identify as ANYTHING OTHER than 100% straight.”
The campaign claimed that Lily-Rose “falls somewhere on the vast spectrum.”
She later clarified her participation after she received some feedback.
“That was really misconstrued, that whole thing. A lot of people took it as me coming out, but that’s not what I was trying to do,” she told Nylon. “I was literally doing it just to say that you don’t have to label your sexuality; so many kids these days are not labeling their sexuality and I think that’s so cool.”
“If you like something one day then you do, and if you like something else the other day, it’s whatever,” she continued. “You don’t have to label yourself, because it’s not set in stone… I guess it came off the wrong way, because then everyone labeled me as gay. That’s not what I was trying to say.”
She made her acting debut in 2014 with a cameo in “Tusk,” a role written for her by writer and director Kevin Smith.
Lily-Rose is close with Harley Quinn, Smith’s daughter, who stars alongside her in the horror-comedy.
“I’ve been best friends with [Quinn] since I was five,” she told Vogue UK.
“At the end of the day of filming ‘Tusk,’ Johnny [Depp] was like, ‘If we were smart, we’d retire and live off these girls,'” Kevin Smith, the director, told People. “I took that rather seriously.”
Her first starring role was in “Yoga Hosers,” a spin-off sequel to “Tusk.”
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In the comedic sequel, in which Lily-Rose plays a Canadian high-schooler who battles “sausage Nazis,” she acted alongside her father and best friend. She is said to be reprising the role in a third film, “Moose Jaws.”
“She’s daring artistically,” Portman told Vogue UK. “She has a very emotional scene in the film where she has to lose control and she went for it. When I was a teenage girl I was much more self-conscious.”
The teen often splits her time between Los Angeles and Paris, and is fluent in French.
“I feel pretty connected to both cultures,” Lily-Rose told CR Fashion Book. “I can seem fully French when I’m in France or totally like a Valley girl when I’m in LA.”
Lily-Rose portrayed the modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan for the 2016 French film “The Dancer.” After taking on “Planetarium,” in which the actors speak in both French and English, she acted in two all-French movies.
“French scripts have a certain sensibility to them, with the writing style and the depth that the characters have,” she told Portman for CR Fashion Book’s cover story. “I like movies that spark your imagination and your curiosity and I find that the kind of depth that French scripts and characters have often leads to that.”
An appearance in Rejjie Snow’s music video for “All Around the World” marked her first music video.
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Lily-Rose is introduced as some kind of photographer or paparazzo – and is then seen driving with the Irish rapper through a snowy night.
She originally wanted to be a singer, and even has songwriting experience.
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Lily-Rose is credited as a lyricist on her mother’s 2013 album “Love Songs.” She co-wrote the track “New Year” – and came up with the song’s melody when she was 6 years old, according to Paradis’ interview with The Telegraph.
“I wanted to be a singer, but once I started acting, I felt so comfortable. Now all I want to do is act,” Lily-Rose told Vanity Fair.
She’ll next appear in the film “The King” alongside Timothée Chalamet — who she’s reportedly dating.
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The two French-American actors were recently spotted together in a New York City coffee shop. A fan page for Chalamet on Instagram also posted an image of the stars on the sidewalk with their arms wrapped around each other.
The reported couple just wrapped filming the upcoming Netflix film, which is based on Shakespeare’s “King Henry IV.” Chalamet stars as Henry V and Lily-Rose co-stars as his wife, Catherine of Valois, Queen consort of England. Few other details about the movie are currently known.
Don’t hold your breath for any juicy details about a blossoming relationship, either.
“I never like revealing too much about myself,” Lily-Rose told Vogue UK. “Once you start giving people that look into your life, then they just want more and more.”
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