Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s infamous defamation trial remains a hot topic as the jury is nearly approaching a final decision on the case. Aside from the two claiming that they are abused by the other, one of the trial’s most controversial claims is Heard’s latest outing in the DCEU film, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, claiming that her current situation has affected her role.
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As the trial continues, Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Zendaya was surprisingly mentioned in the court and was somehow become a focus while discussing Amber Heard’s Hollywood reputation.
Heard’s team proclaimed an estimated loss of $50 million of total damages due to Johnny Depp’s allegations that extremely affect the actress’ Hollywood career. Kathryn Arnold, an Entertainment Industry Consultant present in the trial has compared Heard’s celebrity status to beloved Spider-Man: No Way Home star Zendaya.
Depp’s lawyer denied those claims, saying that the comparison between Heard and Zendaya is inaccurate. The lawyer’s exact statement is below:
“You indicated that another person that you compared Ms. Heard with is Zendaya, a person so famous she goes by one name. She’s been on the Disney channel since 13 years old, she’s won an Emmy, she was singing and dancing and swinging from trapezes in The Greatest Showman. She’s now been in multiple Spider-Man movies, she’s 10 years younger than your clients, but this is a person you deem comparable.”
Arnold went on and clarified that Zendaya was just being used as a reference point.
“Well, as I was explaining to you how I chose them, when you look at superhero characters, there’s not that many to pull from, so I just tried to work on pulling characters that were in superhero movies that were about the same age range within 10 years, as you noted to me thank you, and also just where her career would have gone. I said that they were comparable, that they are not identical, so you can just look at what their career has done, either before that superhero movie, then in others, or in the one that they were in, and then you look at where her career should have gone even though she may not have been at the stature of a Zendaya at that time. You can still look at it as a comparable trajectory at what happens when you’re in a blockbuster movie. It’s just a reference point; it’s not meant to be identical, they are not meant to be the same people, they do not even have the exact same career. It’s meant to be a reference point, simple as that,” Arnold responded.
For those who are worried about Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Zendaya, it’s clear that the fan-beloved actress isn’t related in any way to the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard case.
Gladly, Zendaya’s extreme popularity is the reason why she was mentioned in the trial, mainly because she serves as a representation of a renowned actress with a pleasing reputation as a celebrity, and a tremendous number of fans all over the world
Nevertheless, this messy trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard doesn’t affect Zendaya’s well-being at all. And let’s just hope that this is the last time Zendaya’s name will be brought up in the court.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is available to stream on Disney+ while Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will premiere in theaters on March 17, 2023.
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