Johnny Depp taught Christina Ricci what being gay was after witnessing homophobia when she was nine
Johnny Depp who explained to her what homosexuality was when they starred in a movie together. The actress, now 42, was starring alongside Johnny, 59, and his then-girlfriend Winona Ryder, 50, in Mermaids in 1990 when she was just nine when an on-set conflict sparked her curiosity. Christina revealed to Sirius XM’s Andy Cohen: ‘There was something going on on set and someone was not being nice to someone else. And they were like, “Oh, well, he might be homophobic.”‘And then I was like, “Well, I don’t understand what that is.: And I was in Winona’s trailer and she was like, “I don’t know how [to explain].”‘So she put me on the phone with Johnny, and Johnny explained it to me!’Christina revealed that Johnny gave her a matter of fact explanation, adding: ‘He was like, “It’s 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!”’Andy joked that Christina should have asked her onscreen mother Cher, who is a gay icon, to explain what homosexuality was, to which she replied: ‘I know, we should’ve run right over [to her trailer]!’The pair worked together again almost a decade later in Sleepy Hollow where Christina was paired with Johnny for her first ever sex scene, which she found even stranger as she thought of him as a ‘brother’.She explained: ‘Okay.