Vanessa Paradis Speaks On Johnny Depp

Updated July 31, 2012


Vanessa Paradis, affectionately referred to by Johnny as "my girl" during the duration of their relationship, is the mother of Lily-Rose Melody Depp and John (Jack) Christopher Depp, III. Vanessa is an internationally acclaimed French singer, model and actress. While protective of the family's privacy, she occasionally speaks on the relationship she and Johnny share, and the man Johnny is.

The following quotes may be English translations of French interviews.


In this world full of dramas and horrors, we are inclined to forget that things can be just simple and beautiful. My amoureux, my daughter and I, it's the perfect triangle. We are just like one person. I don't think we could be with somebody else! (Source: French Elle, March 20, 2000)

It's not only because he's the man I love, but I've never met a personality as beautiful as his. I would say the same thing about him if I was only his friend. When you are happy, you want to share your happiness. We would like everybody to be as happy. (Source: French Elle, March 20, 2000)

I was afraid that after the first three months of passion, things between [Johnny and I] would settle down a little. It's the contrary! Our story is more and more beautiful, stronger and stronger. (Source: French Elle, March 20, 2000)

We talk about our projects. We ask each other questions. We help each other, but it's not the centre of our life. Our life, it's Lily-Rose. I've done this job for 13 years. I couldn't play guitar because I'm shy. Not only did Johnny give me one, but he also had the patience to teach me to play it. He makes my life so much easier! I'd like to be able to help him as much as he helps me, but, maybe in that way, he needs me less than I need him. I told you. He's somebody very rare. (Source: French Elle, March 20, 2000)

I assure you. Johnny has an great taste. When I ask him for advice, what he says is extremely correct, smart and never the norm. He knows when I need to be put on the right track. The album that I'm recording with Mathieu Chedid is, by far, the most personal that I've ever made; Without Johnny, I would have never achieved it. He relies on me so I'm more self-confident. However, I'm a better cook than him! (Source: French Elle, March 20, 2000)

[Johnny is] even more gorgeous than you think. On the inside, too. The outside is not something I want to forget about, but it is what is inside that matters. They say I tamed Johnny, but maybe he was ready to be tamed. I don't like to think I made him do anything. We were both waiting for each other. It might sound dumb, but that's how it was. We both had pasts, but when we met each other, we just knew. Yeah he's a beautiful person that all the women are so in love with, but he's a million times more than that in private. (Source: The Mail, March 19, 2000)

I was so lucky from the day I got pregnant. We were so blessed. I felt physically well and had this wonderful person at my side. Johnny cut the umbilical cord. Edward Scissorhands did it! When you have a baby, there are things you'd never expect to do, things you'd never expect the person with you to do. But you do them... We didn't know what the sex was, but it was so great. I held her up, and it was like we were both, 'Oh my God, it's a little girl!' you know how special girls are with their dads. It's so amazing. She can do anything she wants to Johnny. (Source: The Mail, March 19, 2000)

We are good for each other. I'm not sure we inspire each other for our work, but we help each other, and that's important. We are best friends, and you're never going to leave your best friend, are you? You're never going to let your best friend down. (Source: The Courier-Mail, 2000)

From the minute Lily-Rose was born, [Johnny] already was a great father. (Source: DS magazine, November 2000)

[Johnny] will always be a rebel. He is not this kind of person who follows the leader, but he always stays in the right direction. (Source: DS magazine, November 2000)

Johnny is a wonderful father. He is very helpful. He likes to see Lily-Rose growing up as much as I do. He wouldn't miss a minute. (Source: Construire, March 20, 2001)

[I knew he was the right one] by - he had an effect on me in the dark. I didn't even see his face. Well, on top of that, with the face he has! There was chemistry. It was physical. We shook hands. We were in a dark room. We were not alone I promise you, but we shook hands, and I felt his presence all over and I did not even see who it was. And then I understood, and then I saw. But, it was a long time ago... We crossed paths several times. And especially, the way you know he is the one - I mean that I think that the love of your life is also your best friend. And because one often says that the first months, the initial years, love, passion, and after it goes away. First it's not true that it goes away. Then, especially at the beginning if you have other things to say to each other than "You are beautiful", "I love you", "You are beautiful", "You are magnificent" - if that's the only thing that you have to say to each other, the relationship is not going to last. It's not that. It's that I knew right away. We talked, and it was interesting, and I wanted to continue to talk, and not only to look at him. It was interesting. We did not only talk about us. We talked about anything. And that's it because I had already begun to fall in love. When you have as much fun with your lover as with your friends - I think that's simply the secret. He is your lover and your friend. (Source: En Aparte', 2004)

He is mine. I have no fear. We are never sure of anything but It's not because one has fear that one is going to prevent anything from happening, anyway. Fear never prevents danger from happening so I do not. (Source: En Aparte' Interview, 2004)

[Johnny] is aware of everything! He is very fond of the internet and all that stuff... As a matter of fact, before we kissed, with my "amoureux", I remember it was the thing which seduced me the most, even more than his incredible physical appearance, it was "Ah la la! How nice to be able to speak like that!" Even before he became my "amoureux", even before we kissed, before being in total ecstasy, we talked and I found him interesting. We were not talking about the weather, we were seriously talking! (Source: ParisMatch, 2004)

We were single and we jumped on each other! It is not a nice thing to say, but it didn't take long. (Source: ParisMatch, 2004)

What is it about him I love? Everything. Everything. It would be silly to tell you how smart and funny and brilliant and special and beautiful he is. I mean, it is all this, but it is beyond that. I don't know... He is just the one. Before I even met him, I knew. I had been in love with him for quite a while. (Source: The Sunday Times, May 16, 2004)

We can't be apart for long. Luckily for me, I have spent my life traveling, so I am used to going wherever Johnny is, whether its England, Prague, Mexico or Paris. And the kids like it, too. I hope it will make them broad-minded and open. As long as we have everything they need - which is a lot, like about 40 bags - we have as normal a life as possible. (Source: The Sunday Times, May 16, 2004)

You learn that what matters is the friends who surround you wherever you are. To us, a good life is about having good people around you, people you love, who care for you. That's what life and home and family is about. And that's what we've got. (Source: The Sunday Times, May 16, 2004)

There are lots of pretty women out there and everyone, whether they are a plumber or a lawyer, has occasions to be unfaithful. [Johnny] is confronted by people every day who, you know, are prettier than me. Or funnier than me. Whatever. You know, I don't care. I'm his best friend. And I guess that being away and seeing other people just brings us closer together. Because we know we've got the best to come - when we're together again at home. (Source: The Sunday Times, May 16, 2004)

We've never said we don't want to get married, but we're neither opposed to it nor excited about it. You know, we might do it for the kids one day. But we are more than married: we have two children. It's not like we need to. (Source: The Sunday Times, May 16, 2004)

[The] idea [of making a film together] is rather frightful. First, I ask myself how I could be serious in front of him because he makes me laugh all the time. To lie in his eyes in the middle of a crew on a stage... I'm not sure I could do it... And then, I don't know, this is bizarre, that is to say, he leaves to do his work, I leave to do mine, and when we return home, we share something really strong, really true... to all of a sudden do something so superficial... One doesn't do something like that. That scares us, because that "screws the brothel to the house." This is all that. But on the other hand, there would be advantages, though because later, our children would have a memory on the big screen, and that would allow us to not be separate for three to four months. (Source: Comme Au Cinema, June 22, 2004)

[Johnny] had a bar where concerts were played in Los Angeles. And that's where we met. It was very dark, like it is in any other place like that. It was in a very little room in that club. It was really very dark! I was introduced to the owner of the club, I shook his hand, said hello and then, suddenly I looked up and I saw those eyes! After that he went to play on stage and I saw him in the light. So, then I went "ah yeah!" But before, when I shook his hand, I didn't know who he was! But this was five years before we [became a couple]. But, he has never left my mind after that day. And he is an angel. (Source: Vivement Dimanche, 2005)

I have nothing but admiration. I'm very impressed with the man himself, but also with the actor inside of him. You all know that he doesn't take on tailor-made roles...the majority of what you see on the screen is his creation. Everyone thinks that Pirates is such a great film, now that it's made millions of dollars...but the first few weeks of filming were really difficult for Johnny. Everyone gawked as if he was some kind of raging lunatic. He told me that he was sure he would be fired. With all the partners and producers from Disney, it wasn't easy. But all he needed was courage. If I may say this, and if you'd like to see a role of creation from my partner, I would suggest the Julian Schnabel film Before Night Falls. Here, Johnny plays a transvestite, and he does an astounding job. And, for me, I get to see what our daughter will look like in 30 years. (laughs) (Source: Tetu Magazine, August 23, 2007)

We were in two different worlds [before becoming a couple] - him in America, me in France - but we had friends in common. We saw each other sometimes over the course of four years. But then, the day we found each other in Paris, we were both in the same world and free and it was just instant. There was no more time to waste - just no way around it. (Source: Elle Magazine, October 13, 2008)

[He isn't] tamed [by me]. What's that? Like a lion? Nooo, no, we did it to each other. Maybe I'm a good girlfriend because I'm his girlfriend. I'm not sure I'd be a good girlfriend to anyone else; the same for him. It's difficult to explain, but It's something that's natural, obvious and beautiful. (Source: Elle Magazine, October 13, 2008)

Each summer people say we're supposed to be getting married, but we don't talk about it that much. He's got me and he knows he's got me. I love the romance of 'let's get married', but then, when you have it so perfect. I mean, I'm more married than anybody can be - we have two kids. Maybe one day, but it's something I can really do without. (Source: Elle Magazine, October 13, 2008)

I understand [other women wanting to mob Johnny]. I want to mob him all the time, I do. He's a very charming person." (Source: Elle Magazine, October 13, 2008)

I knew I would be with Johnny long before we ever met. I believe in love at first sight, but my connection with Johnny was even stronger than that. I loved Johnny years before I met him. It might sound dumb, but that's how it was. When we met each other, we just knew, "This is the one." And we were right. I can't believe any two people love the way that we love. People might think it's easy to love someone like him because he's so gorgeous-looking. But the thing about Johnny is that he's even more gorgeous on the inside. (Source: Dailymail, April 2008)