Johnny Depp Names His Private Beach After Heath Ledger

June 1, 2009 By:
Johnny Depp Names His Private Beach After Heath Ledger

Johnny Depp has a lot to be envious of…his good looks, his acting chops, and his lifestyle! In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Johnny talks about his own private island in the Bahamas, which he calls his “decompression.”

The island, Little Hall’s Pond Cay, features six different beaches, all of which Depp named after important people in his life. There’s one named after his girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, their two children Rose and Jack, and his two mentors, Marlon Brando and Hunter S. Thompson.

Johnny also dedicated a patch of water to the late Heath Ledger, calling it “Heath’s Place.” After his death, Johnny played one side of Heath’s character in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, so that the film could be completed.

Johnny says of the island, "It's my way of trying to return to normalcy. Escapism is survival to me. I don't think I’d ever seen any place so pure and beautiful. You can feel your pulse rate drop about 20 beats. It's instant freedom. And that rare beast—simplicity—can be had.”

“And a little morsel of anonymity. Whenever I was getting frustrated about being 'novelty boy' and making movies, I told myself, 'Calm down. I can come down here and disappear.' I spent the Christmas season here with Vanessa and the kids. You can feed hot dogs to the nurse sharks in the Exumas — but it's best to not swim when doing it."

Sounds like the life! And Johnny knows he’s lucky. He says, "Money doesn't buy you happiness. But it buys you a big enough yacht to sail right up to it." Check out the whole article in his month’s Vanity Fair.