Christina Ricci says Johnny Depp ‘explained homosexuality to her’ when she was a child

Christina Ricci learned what it means to be gay during a phone call with none other than Johnny Depp when she was nine years old.

The ‘Addams Family’ star said he discovered “what homosexuality was” while filming 1990s “Mermaids” alongside Cher and Depp’s girlfriend, Winona Ryder.

Appearing on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live on Thursday, Ricci revealed his unlikely conversation with the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star.

“Johnny [Depp] is actually the person who explained to me what homosexuality was when I was nine years old,” she explained.

Ricci said his curiosity was aroused after witnessing a homophobic incident on the set of his “first film”.

“There was something going on on set and somebody wasn’t being nice to somebody else. And they were like, ‘oh, well, he might be homophobic.’ And then I was like, ‘Well, I don’t understand what this is,'” the two-time Emmy-nominated star added.

That’s when she turned to her co-star Ryder for clarity. After Ryder was unable to explain what homosexuality was in simple terms to then nine-year-old Ricci, she called her then-boyfriend Depp for help.

“She was like, ‘I don’t know how…’ so she put me on the phone with Johnny. And Johnny explained it to me,” Ricci told Cohen.

Ricci starred alongside Depp in a handful of films, including Sleepy Hollow
Ricci starred alongside Depp in a handful of films, including Sleepy Hollow” in 1999.
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According to Ricci, Depp explained it in “the simplest terms” and “very down to earth”.

“He was like, ‘this is when a man wants to have sex with a man, and when a woman wants to have sex with a woman.’ And I was like, ‘ah okay,'” she added.

Depp and Ryder dated from 1989 to 1993.
Depp and Ryder dated from 1989 to 1993.
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Depp and Ryder dated from 1989 until their romance fell apart in 1993.

Ricci went on to star alongside Depp in several films later in life, including the hit 1998 comedy “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” the 1999 horror “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Man Who Cried” in 2000.

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