05/28/2014 04:00 pm ET Updated Jul 28, 2015

Amber Heard: 'It's Not Creatively Fulfilling To Just Be Sexy'

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Women in Hollywood are often expected to play sexy roles, and Amber Heard is over it.

In an interview with W magazine, the "Paranoia" actress explained her frustration at being typecast:

As a woman, I usually have two options: Sex Object or the Best Friend Who Isn’t Sexy. It’s not creatively fulfilling to just be sexy. I did nothing to look the way I look. The genetic cards that anyone is dealt are not in their control, so to take pride in my looks would be a mistake. And besides, in L.A. there’s always someone more beautiful!

In fact, Heard has a history of ensuring her right not to look beautiful. She told W interviewer Lynn Hirschberg that she asked the director of the 2009 film "Zombieland" if she could play a "true zombie" rather than a "cleavage zombie."

Hollywood has a well-known women problem, so we're glad that actresses like Heard want women on-screen to be more than just eye candy. After all, films with substantial female characters do better than those without -- and are precisely the kinds of movies we'd pay to see.

[h/t NY Mag]



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