December 15th, 2011
10:17 AM ET
Former “Playboy Club” star Amber Heard says in the December issue of Women’s Health that she never thought of attempting to hide her true self from the public, including potential employers in the entertainment industry.
“You can’t respect yourself if you’re afraid to be who you are,” says the “Rum Diary” actress, 25. “It requires bravery to do something no one else around you is doing. But the risk was outweighed by the possibility of playing into this horribly detrimental lie that some in Hollywood perpetuate.”
Heard, who stepped out with girlfriend Tasya van Ree at a recent GLAAD event, spoke to AfterEllen.com about her decision: "I think when I became aware of my role in the media, I had to ask myself an important question; 'Am I part of the problem?'"
"I personally think that if you deny something or if you hide something you're inadvertently admitting it's wrong,” the actress added. “I don't feel like I'm wrong."
In February, Heard spoke about her sexuality to U.K. paper the Metro, saying, "I don't label myself one way or another – I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman. I love who I love; it's the person that matters."
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