Lily-Rose Depp Says She's "So Careful" About Nepo Baby Conversations Now
Lily-Rose Depp is taking on a new approach to nepo baby conversations.
Months after The Idol star, who is the daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, first weighed in on the topic of nepotism in Hollywood, she is explaining how her approach to the discourse has shifted.
"I'm so careful about these conversations now," Lily-Rose told i-D in an article published Feb. 20. "I feel like my parents did the best job that they possibly could at giving me the most ‘normal childhood' that they could. And obviously, that still was not a normal childhood. I'm super aware of the fact that my childhood did not look like everybody's."
Back in November, the 23-year-old told Elle that "the internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who are casting you in things," which sparked a response from other kids of celebrities who shared their stance on the matter—including Ireland Baldwin, the daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin.
Additionally, Lily-Rose told Elle that her upbringing was unlike others, but it was what she was familiar with, which she also detailed further in her recent i-D interview.
"At the same time, it's all that I know, so I have had to find comfort in it somehow," she said. "I'm really lucky that I've been surrounded by people who value normalcy and who value real life and I think that's the only way to exist in this world and not go insane."
Some of the people in her corner include her parents—who were together from 1998 to 2012—and the freedom they gave Lily-Rose to pursue whatever she loved.
"My parents are artists, and so I was really always encouraged to explore whatever I wanted to explore," she explained. "I've always loved putting on a show since I was a little girl. I used to dress up and dance around."
She has a particularly special bond with mom Vanessa, a French singer and actress, who tells Lily-Rose that she's her mirror image.
"Whenever I see old photos of her, I'm like, ‘Ugh. That's what I look like in my dreams,'" Lily-Rose noted. "She'll send me photos of her when she was younger, and say things like, ‘We're twins.' And I'm like, ‘You're so much prettier than me.' She's so beautiful."
As Lily-Rose takes on her biggest projects yet—starring alongside The Weeknd in the HBO series The Idol and acting in Robert Eggers' movie Nosferatu—she reflected on how she handles the pitfalls of stardom.
"At the end of the day, everybody cares more about themselves than they do you," she stated. "I bring myself back down to earth and go, ‘Girl, you don't matter that much.' That's the only way to deal with it. By being like, ‘Oh my God, no one f-cking cares.'"
And as for this newfound attention? She's fully prepared to handle it.
"We're having this conversation because I am privileged enough to get to do the job that I'm so passionate about," Lily-Rose added. "There's good and bad sides to everything. If I have to deal with a little bit of anxiety to keep doing what I love, then I'm ready."
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