Lily-Rose Depp has insisted that she is ‘super aware’ of her privilege amid the ongoing nepo baby row.
Over the last few months, there has been intense discourse around nepotism in the entertainment industry and questions over the success of those born into influential families, leading to many famous faces, including Lily Allen, Kate Hudson and Kaia Gerber, adding their voices into the debate.
In a new interview, Lily – daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis – opened up about growing up in the spotlight, explaining that she understands that her childhood was a lot more privilege than others.
‘I’m so careful about these conversations now,’ the 23-year-old model began. ‘I feel like my parents did the best job that they possibly could at giving me the most “normal childhood” that they could. And obviously, that still was not a normal childhood.
‘I’m super aware of the fact that my childhood did not look like everybody’s. But at the same time, it’s all that I know, so I have had to find comfort in it somehow.
‘I’m really lucky that I’ve been surrounded by people who value normalcy and who value real life and I think that’s the only way to exist in this world and not go insane.’
Although she has been raised by two huge names in the industry, Lily-Rose – who is set to grace our screens in new HBO drama The Idol – revealed that she does suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’ behind the scenes.
‘You just have to jump in and have some kind of faith that, if they’ve chosen me, then hopefully I’ve been chosen for a reason. That’s all that you can do,’ she added to i-D Magazine. ‘By that same token, I think that there’s nothing more exciting than being like, “Wow, I’m so nervous. I feel so challenged by this. How on earth am I going to pull this off?”
‘You could ask for no better fuel to make you want to work really, really hard. If you’re not scared, then what’s the point? I like the fear a little bit.’
This isn’t the first time that Lily-Rose, who began working in fashion when she was a teenager, has touched on the nepotism conversation.
In a candid chat with Elle Magazine in December, she suggested that people online care more about her family history than those she meets in person.
‘The internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who are casting you in things. Maybe you get your foot in the door, but you still just have your foot in the door. There’s a lot of work that comes after that,’ she said.
‘It’s weird to me to reduce somebody to the idea that they’re only there because it’s a generational thing. It just doesn’t make any sense.
‘If somebody’s mom or dad is a doctor, and then the kid becomes a doctor, you’re not going to be like, “Well, you’re only a doctor because your parent is a doctor.” It’s like, “No, I went to medical school and trained”.
‘I just hear it a lot more about women, and I don’t think that it’s a coincidence.’
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