Heard, 29, spoke to Elle about her "fiercely independent spirit" for its next issue, and for the first time commented on her notoriously private relationship with her famous husband. Despite what some might believe being married to Depp is like, Heard says it wasn't a big shift for her.
"Nothing is a dramatic change," she told the magazine. "We've been together for a long time now, so it's been a fairly organic process. I have a fiercely independent spirit."
Heard married the 51-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star days before their planned wedding day in early February. They however still arrived at the event -- which took place on Depp's private Bahamian island -- to celebrate with a second ceremony.
On stardom, Heard mentioned a stark misrepresentation of "female life" in the scripts she receives monthly, saying that many roles are "placeholders" that provide male characters with something to "bounce" off of.
"So we know he's funny because she's serious and she's mad at him. We know he's strong because she needs saving," she said. "So really her job is to validate this personality trait of our hero or male. I mean we're trying to imitate life, and it seems to me a deeply saddening injustice that we are so uncreative and uninterested in developing representations of female life."
Heard's model looks and high-profile marriage apparently pose a unique challenge concerning her identity. She told the magazine she feels as if she is "constantly fighting" her exterior, "or this exterior presentation of myself because of how I look or perhaps because of who I'm with."
The Magic Mike XXL actress is also intimidated by fame, which she said might restrict her in some areas of her life. "I never want for my life to lose the ability to transverse the world, with freedom and ease. The freedom and ease I have worked so hard to acquire for myself," she said.
The full interview will be published in Elle's July issue, on newsstands June 23.