Lily-Rose Depp had achieved a certain level of fame before she could even speak. The 23-year-old is the daughter of an actor Johnny Depp and singer Vanessa Paradis. Lily-Rose and her brother Jack grew up under the eyes of the paparazzi.
“I know that my childhood was not like an ordinary childhood and that it is something very special to deal with, but it is also the only childhood that I know,” says Lily-Rose Depp in an interview in the current issue of the American “Elle”. In it, the model also addresses the allegations that it owes its success in large part to its famous surname.
“Nepo Babies” are what the social media calls the stars whose parents were already stars. In addition to Depp, these include Kendall Jenner (mother: reality TV celebrity Kris Jenner, father: Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner), Zoë Kravitz (mother: actress Lisa Bonet, father: singer Lenny Kravitz) and Jaden Smith (parents: actors Will and Jada-Pinkett Smith).
“Then you only have one foot in the door”
Lily-Rose Depp tries to defend herself against the Nepo Baby label in “Elle”: “People will always have preconceived notions about you or about how you got where you are now.” But a role you only get if you are the right person for the role. “The internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who cast you for something.” It feels weird when one’s own success is reduced to a “purely generational thing.”
Depp plays pop star Jocelyn, who is dating a guru played by singer The Weeknd, in the 2023 HBO series The Idol. She gained her 6.8 million Instagram followers primarily as a brand ambassador and model for Chanel.
Depp’s mother was a muse to Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. Lily-Rose met Lagerfeld at the age of eight. At the age of 16 she got her first own Chanel campaign. “Maybe you can get your foot in the door, but then you only have your foot in the door. After that, there’s a lot of work to do,” she replies to “Elle” when asked about her famous parents.
In a later part of the interview, Depp explains that she is surprised that the accusation of nepotism is hardly ever directed at men: “I just hear a lot more about women in this context.”
However, the model mainly receives criticism for a different statement. Compared to “Elle” she compares her own descent with that of a doctor’s family: “If the mother or father is a doctor and the child later becomes a doctor, you wouldn’t say to the child: You’re only a doctor because one of your parents is a doctor is. No, then the child is just studying medicine and has gone through all this training.”
Many users on social media make fun of this statement and demand that Depp admit that she has an advantage. “What kind of education does it take to be a Chanel ambassador at 16?” wrote one user on Twitter.