Helena Bonham Carter Defends Johnny Depp and J.K. Rowling

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday November 28, 2022

Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter   (Source:AP)

In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, actor Helena Bonham Carter is calling times up on Johnny Depp and J.K. Rowling being canceled over their respective controversies and accusations.

As reported by People, Bonham Carter said Depp has been "completely vindicated" after winning his defamation court battle against ex-wife Amber Heard.

"I think he's fine now," Bonham Carter said about Depp, who she has appeared with numerous films with. "Totally fine."

Depp was awarded more than $10 million in damages from his suit against Heard while she won one of her defamation counterclaims and was awarded $2 million. They are both reportedly appealing the verdicts.

Bonham Carter said that she believes Heard jumped on the #MeToo cause in a bid to draw sympathy.

"That's the problem with these things — that people will jump on the bandwagon because it's the trend and to be the poster girl for it," Bonham Carter said.

In her conversation with Sunday Times, Bonham Carter also shed some thoughts on "Harry Potter" author Rowling, whose public anti-trans views have been less than magical.

Bonham Carter said the way the author has been treated has been "horrendous, a load of bollocks."

"I think she has been hounded. It's been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people. She's allowed her opinion, particularly if she's suffered abuse," she said. "Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain."

Bonham Carter added: "You don't all have to agree on everything — that would be insane and boring. She's not meaning it aggressively, she's just saying something out of her own experience."

Bonham Carter, who has starred in several "Harry Potter" films, was recently named the first female president of the London Library.

Since Rowling's comments about transgender people, several Harry Potter stars, including main star Daniel Radcliffe, have come out against the author. When asked if she felt they were being ungrateful, Bonham Carter disagreed.

"I won't say that. Personally, I feel they should let her have her opinions, but I think they're very aware of protecting their own fan base and their generation," she said. "It's hard. One thing with the fame game is that there's an etiquette that comes with it; I don't agree with talking about other famous people."

And yet.