How Gwyneth Paltrow Really Thought About Working With Johnny Depp

Though Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow were among the “It” celebs of the ’90s, they never got a chance to work side by side until 2013, when the A-listers began filming the 2015 comedy Mortdecai Collider. The two weren’t total strangers, but their past interactions have been limited to small chats at major Hollywood events. Paltrow and Depp first met around 2010 at an after-party in London, they recalled on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015. He made an immediate impression on her, for all the expected reasons. “I thought I was kinda cool until I met him,” she laughed. “And then he was so cool and rolling cigarettes and stuff. And I was like, ‘Wow, I’m such a nerdy mom.'”

Paltrow came to David Koepp’s project with great expectations. “I’ve always wanted to work with Johnny Depp,” Paltrow revealed to Good Morning America in January 2015. “Mortdecai” was poorly received in the US, grossing less than $7.7 million nationally on a $60 million box office mojo budget. But viewers were unlikely to be bothered by the on-screen pairing of the man and woman. “Depp and Paltrow make a snazzy onscreen couple,” argued Variety’s Guy Lodge, while noting their interactions could have been sexier.

It sounds like Paltrow’s admiration for the Pirates of the Caribbean star didn’t translate into the final product. Could it be because working with Depp didn’t live up to your expectations? Well, one of his personality traits certainly made her life more complicated.

Johnny Depp was often late – very late

Obviously, Johnny Depp is not the most punctual employee. “You know how your alarm goes off and you’re like, ‘Oh, it’s 8 a.m. I have to get up and go to work’?” Gwyneth Paltrow said in a joint interview with Depp on The Ellen DeGeneres Show . “I think when Johnny’s runs out he’s like, ‘Oh, I’ve got six more hours to sleep.'” Depp didn’t deny it, laughing with the crowd. “He’s too cool to be on a regular 24-hour schedule like we do,” Paltrow laughed. The problem, he explained, is that his biological clock just doesn’t work like most people’s. “I mean, my punctuality is just a little late, that’s all,” he said.

This isn’t the first time colleagues have pointed out Depp’s tendency to be late. During filming of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” crew members and extras often had to wait for Depp for hours, forcing them to find ways to work around the problem, The Hollywood Reporter noted in 2017. But there doesn’t appear to be any to give hard feelings. “He’s not a morning person,” brushed off an extra.

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The same goes for Paltrow. Her overall experience working with Depp has been positive. “He’s a true genius and when he’s working he’s imagining it,” she said on Good Morning America. She also had nothing but praise for his behavior behind the scenes. “He’s the funnest person I’ve ever worked with,” she told DeGeneres, later adding, “He’s kind of perfect.”

Gwyneth Paltrow turned to Johnny Depp for marriage advice

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s “deliberate split” was officially announced in March 2014, but the Oscar winner and Coldplay frontman’s marriage has been in trouble since 2012, according to Us Weekly. During this time, Paltrow worked alongside Johnny Depp on Mortdecai. She thought he would be a good point of contact in the early days of trouble, as Depp split from Vanessa Paradis, his partner of 14, around the same time. “Nobody knew what Chris and I were going through, so I didn’t say, ‘Hey, that’s what happens,'” Paltrow told Marie Claire Australia about Grazia at the time.

Paltrow was more interested in gathering information on how Depp’s children, Lily-Rose and Jack, were coping after Depp and Paradis split. “I asked him mostly kid-centered questions like, ‘How are you? How did you do it?’” she elaborated. Paltrow didn’t delve into his answer. But amid their split, Depp and Paradis opted to take the honesty approach. “We were just really honest with them, and they were just incredibly understanding, incredibly accepting,” Depp said on CBS This Morning in 2013, per Us Weekly.

Speaking on The Goop Podcast, Paltrow explained that dealing with their feelings ultimately helped Apple and Moses deal with their parents’ divorce. “The closer I got to being myself, the more you give the kids space to have their own feelings,” she said of Hello!.