Amber Laura Heard is an American actress. She is known for starring as Atlantean queen Mera in the DC Extended Universe superhero films Justice League (2017), Aquaman (2018), and Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021). Heard made her film debut in the sport drama Friday Night Lights (2004), which was followed by a role in the drama North Country (2005). She gained mainstream recognition for her supporting roles in the action film Never Back Down (2008) and the comedy Pineapple Express (2008). She went on to star in independent films, such as The Joneses (2009), The Rum Diary (2011), The Danish Girl (2015), One More Time (2015), and Her Smell (2018). Heard is also known for her roles in horror and thriller films, such as All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006), Zombieland (2009), The Ward (2010), Drive Angry (2011), and Machete Kills (2013). She starred in the CBS All Access post-apocalyptic horror miniseries The Stand (2020–2021). Heard was married to actor Johnny Depp from 2015 to 2017. Their divorce drew significant media attention as she alleged that he had been abusive during most of their relationship. After Heard publicly discussed being the victim of domestic violence in 2018, Depp sued her for defamation, alleging that she had been the abusive party. Depp also sued the publishers of The Sun in a related libel suit, with Heard as a key witness for the defendants. In November 2020, the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Depp had lost his case and that the majority of Heard's allegations had been proven to a civil standard. In addition to acting, Heard was named a global spokesperson for the cosmetics giant L'Oréal Paris in 2018. She also engages in activism for causes such as LGBTQ rights and domestic and sexual violence awareness.