Christina Ricci learned what it meant to be lesbian at age nine on a phone call with none other than Johnny Depp.
The “The Addams Family” star opened up about discovering “what homosexuality was” while filming 1990’s “Mermaids” with Cher and Depp’s then-girlfriend, Winona Ryder.
appearing on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live On Thursday, Ricci revealed his unexpected conversation with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star.
“Johnny” [Depp] is actually the person who told me what homosexuality was when I was nine,” she explained.
Ricci said he was curious after witnessing a homophobic incident on the set of his “first film”.
“Something was going on on the sets and nobody was doing well with anyone else. And they were like, ‘Oh, he might be homophobic.’ And then I was like, ‘Well, I don’t understand what that is,'” the two-time Emmy-nominated star added.
It was then that she turned to her co-star Ryder to gain some clarity. When Ryder was unable to explain to then-nine-year-old Ricky what homosexuality was in layman’s terms, he called on his then-boyfriend, Depp, for help.
“She was like, ‘I don’t know how…’ so she put me on the phone with Johnny. And Johnny explained it to me,” Rikki told Cohen.
According to Ricci, Depp explained it in “the simplest terms” and “very important”.
“He was like, ‘This is when a man wants to have sex with a man, and when a woman wants to have sex with a woman. And I was like, ‘Ah right,'” he added.
Depp and Ryder dated from 1989 until the breakup of their romance in 1993.
Ricci starred with Depp in several films later in life, including the 1998 hit comedy “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, the 1999 horror “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Man Who Cried” in 2000.