Lily-Rose Depp addresses dad Johnny Depp’s Cannes Film Festival return amid controversy
Lily-Rose Depp has addressed her father Johnny Depp’s return to the Cannes Film Festival following his highly-publicised defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard last summer.
The 59-year-old actor returned to the cinematic event last week for the premiere of his new film, Jeanne du Barry, in which he plays King Louis XV.
The movie, which received a seven-minute standing ovation, marked Depp’s first feature release after he was recast in the Fantastic Beasts franchise in 2020 amid his libel case with a UK newspaper.
His daughter Lily-Rose is currently attending the festival promoting her new show, The Idol, starring opposite The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye.
The pair star in the series which sees an aspiring pop star begin a complicated relationship with a self-help guru and contemporary cult leader following a nervous breakdown.
The HBO series was created by Tesfaye and marks his acting debut, helmed by Euphoria director Sam Levinson.
It also stars Blackpink singer Jennie Kim, Australian singer-songwriter Troye Sivan and actress Rachel Sennott.
Speaking to ET from Cannes, the 23-year-old said she couldn’t be happier for her dad when asked about his new film.
She shared: “I’m super happy for him. I’m super excited and it’s so awesome that we get to do projects that we’re super proud of.”
The Idol received a five-minute standing ovation following the screening of its first two episodes, which featured “raunchy intrigue” and multiple explicit moments, according to US outlets who attended.
However, the series has come under fire, receiving a slew of underwhelming reviews after its premiere and has been slammed for its “graphic” sex scenes and gratuitous nudity.
Reviews aside, the show, which is set to air on June 5, has already been embroiled in controversy after Rolling Stone described it as “torture porn” and detailed several issues during production, including the original director Amy Seimetz leaving the project mid-filming last April.