Johnny Depp said he is 'not the great extrovert that people think' and prefers life in his sprawling estate in the English countryside

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Actor Johnny Depp looks on in the courtroom at Fairfax County Circuit Court during his defamation case against Amber Heard, in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 3 2022.Jim Watson/Pool via REUTERS
  • Johnny Depp said he is not a "great extrovert" in an interview with the English local press.

  • The actor said he feels he can "just be me" in Somerset, where he has a large rural estate.

  • Depp last year won a defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, who accused him of beating her.

Johnny Depp said that he doesn't think of himself as an extrovert, and prefers spending time at his sprawling estate in the English countryside.

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"I like going places, seeing things and meeting people, but I am not the great extrovert that people think," Depp told Somerset Life magazine, a small outlet celebrating life in rural southwestern England.

"I am an actor and try to give people what they expect but in truth I am quite a shy person and I like to wander around places and just enjoy being."

It is a rare public appearance from Depp, who has not done many interviews since winning his dramatic 2022 defamation case against Amber Heard, his ex-wife who had accused him of domestic abuse.

The 59-year-old actor owns an estate of 850 acres in Somerset which include a manor house, dairy farm, and walled gardens, according to the magazine.

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"That is one of the great things about Britain and especially Somerset. I can just be me – and that's nice," he said.

Depp said that he has spent a lot of time in Somerset, but though less than he would like due to his busy schedule.

The American actor also spoke about the difficulties of balancing fame with maintaining a private life, and that he does not like too much attention from the public or paparazzi.

"I don't think of what I do as stardom, I just happen to do a job that makes me well-known," he said. "I don't mind if people want an autograph or a brief chat but not when I am having some private time with my family."

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In the Heard case, she was found liable of all three claims of defamation raised by Depp and he was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

Depp, meanwhile, was found guilty in one of the three counterclaims of defamation by Heard.

Despite the ruling in Depp's favor, the actor suffered reputational damage after shocking intimate details about his life and marriage were revealed in the courtroom.

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