Christina Ricci Recalls How Johnny Depp Explained to Her ‘What Homosexuality Was’ as a Child

Years before they were on screen together, Christina Ricci learned an important life lesson from Johnny Depp.

The actress, 42, recently opened up about “what homosexuality is” from Depp, 59, in a phone call when she was 9 while filming 1990’s The Mermaids with Cher and Depp’s girlfriend Winona Ryder.

“Something happens on set and somebody’s mean to somebody. And they’re like, ‘Well, maybe he’s homophobic,'” Ricci told Andy Cohen during a call to his SiriusXM show this week. of: ‘Well, I don’t understand what it is’. “

“And I was in Winona’s trailer and she said, ‘I don’t know how to [explain] this.’ So he called me with Johnny and Johnny explained it to me,” the actress recalled. Never miss a story—subscribe to PEOPLE’s free newsletter every day to stay up-to-date on the best People has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

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According to Ricci, Depp explained it in “the simplest of terms” and “very matter-of-factly”.

“He said, ‘It’s like a guy wants to have sex with a boy and a girl wants to have sex with a girl.’ And I was like, ‘Oh, okay,'” he said.

“I love that Winona Ryder has to put you on the phone with Johnny Depp to find out that she somehow can’t understand or, I guess, you have Cher in the next trailer,” he joked. Cohen, 54 years old.

“I know, we have to run there,” Ricci said.

Although Depp and Ricci first met when she was young, they starred together in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and The Man Who Cried (2000). It marked Ricci’s first sex scene with Depp. And as she told ABC News in 2000, “I’ve known Johnny for a long time, he protects me like an older brother, and it’s weird to think about having sex with him.”

“So we knew we could laugh about it. He said, ‘we’re rooted like pigs’,” he added.

According to Ricci, who also played Depp’s love interest in Sleepy Hollow, the decision was made early in the production of The Man Who Cried “that Johnny and I would never take off our clothes because in the gypsy culture it was forbidden for women to be naked. “

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