Lily-Rose Depp On 'The King,' Carrie Bradshaw's Fashion, and Her Jonas Brothers Crush | Screen Tests

Lily-Rose Depp may have a famous last name, but until recently, the 20 year old actress has been able to keep her life out of the spotlight. This fall, that will certainly change as she steps into a lead role in Netflix's highly anticipated movie 'The King.' Ahead of the film's release, get to know the mysterious actress a little better as talks about everything from her childhood to her love of 'Sex and the City' in her first screen test.

Released on 9/3/2019

Credits

Starring: Lily Rose Depp

Transcript

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My name is Lily-Rose Depp.
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I am half French, half American, but I was born in Paris.
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I, honestly, never really thought about acting
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when I was a kid, I mean, I was always
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a very performative kid and loved playing dress-up
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and being dramatic, I guess.
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But, I always thought I wanted to be a singer, actually,
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just 'cause my mom's a singer,
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and so I thought I wanted to do that, too,
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until I sang this French song in a school talent show
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when I was, like, 10 years old, and it was
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probably the worst moment of my life.
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I remember just thinking, just being up there and thinking,
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God, I hate this so much, I'm having the worst time.
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[chuckling]
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And so that's the moment that I realized
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that I didn't wanna be a singer.
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My parents have always been really protective.
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They've just always, kind of, shielded my brother and I
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from all things, kind of, spotlight
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and things like that so we could grow up
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as normally as we could, and so I really appreciate that,
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but, yeah, I mean, it wasn't that hard to tell them,
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honestly, because it's like, they couldn't
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really tell me no, they did the same thing.
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[Interviewer] Exactly.
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In The King, I play Princess Catherine,
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Catherine du Valois, a French princess
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who ends up marrying Henry V.
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I did not have to wear a corset, I thought I was going to,
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and I was really excited, 'cause I love corsets,
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but it turns out we were a few Henry's too early
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for the corsets.
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Yeah, I love corsets, I don't know why.
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[laughing]
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I don't know, I like to feel very, kind of, locked in
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to things like that.
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Maybe it's my French side coming out there,
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but no, it's not the century for those, yet.
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I do dream in French, sometimes.
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Sometimes when I spend a lot of time there,
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I end up dreaming in French, or even starting
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to count in French.
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When I was younger, I used to just rummage
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through mom's closet, and grab anything Chanel,
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and just throw it on.
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There's a picture of me in a diaper
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wearing her Chanel pumps, and like.
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Kind of going like that.
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Like I said, I've always been a very performative child.
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[laughing]
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The first CD that I bought was the Jonas Brothers,
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I think it was called, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times.
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I'm pretty sure that was the name of it.
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And I remember, specifically, being like,
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I need to get my hands on this album, and I did.
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I think I was a Nick.
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I think I was a Nick Jonas girl.
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I would say my 18th birthday was really fun.
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I had a cowboy themed party,
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and we had hay bales everywhere.
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I also had a really awesome Sweet 16.
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I had a Marie Antoinette, like French Revolution themed
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Sweet 16, and we put guillotines everywhere,
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and hay bales, and fake potatoes,
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and so we can camped it up, and did a whole set for it.
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I wore a, not a corset, but, like, it was a corset
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kind of thing, like it was a very tight,
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little tiny, old top, I was definitely on-theme.
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But that was honestly, that was probably
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my most memorable birthday party to date.
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My fashion icon--
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[Interviewer] Other than your mom.
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Yeah, I was gonna say obviously my mom, but I mean.
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I guess this is like classical French girl style icon
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to say this, but Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot,
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I love so much, and then I also love Carrie
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from Sex and the City, like. [giggling]
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I've got a good mix, I've got a good mix
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of the French and the American.
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I dressed up as a princess for the first 10 Halloweens
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of my life.
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Yeah, I went through all of them.
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I think I was just general princess for a lot of years,
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and then I remember one year, I turned the tables
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on them and I went as a dead princess.
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[laughing]
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[Interviewer] I love that!
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Which is like really intense,
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and I remember my mom being like, I don't want you to be
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like a dead princess.
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They were like, you can be like a goth princess,
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or an evil princess, but she didn't like me going around,
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being like, I'm a dead princess. [laughing]
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I went as lot of dead things, which is like,
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I'm not even very goth or anything like that,
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but I went as a dead angel, once, too, [laughing]
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which was [laughing] which was fun.
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When I was 13, I went as sexy bumblebee.
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[laughing]
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You know when you're 13, and you're like,
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now I'm gonna start dressing sexy, kind of thing,
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it's just a very short black and yellow striped dress.
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[laughing]
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And so I went as that, and my parents were mortified,
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and I was just like, here I am.
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But like.
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[laughing]
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Flying away.
04:09
Yeah, I feel like I've calmed down, now,
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but definitely 13, 14, I was like, all right, here I am,
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this is my I'm coming into my womanhood, right now.
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In the bumblebee phase.
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[laughing]
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my first kiss was the most standard 14-year old,
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like set up, thing.
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It was my friend's friend, was like,
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think I thought I was cute, and I thought he was cute,
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and we all hung out, and went swimming,
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or something like that, I think,
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and then I think it was arranged that we were gonna
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just end up hanging.
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And that's how I had my first kiss.
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I was so nervous.
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I actually felt like I was kind of late to the game,
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'cause I was 14.
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But I was like, oh, my God, how is this gonna go down,
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or whatever, but yeah, I was extremely nervous,
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but he was a really nice guy, everything's great.
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I called everyone, I called all of my friends,
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being like, okay, I'm a woman.
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It's been done, the deed is done.