Get Stranded on Johnny Depp's Private Island
Notoriously private actor comes out of hiding
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2009 1:18 PM CDT
This Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008 file photo shows Johnny Depp as he poses for a photograph at the Japan premiere of his film "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayash, file)
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(Newser) – Just about any female on the planet would have heart palpitations if, like Vanity Fair editor Douglas Brinkley, they were invited by Johnny Depp on a trip to his private Caribbean island—with no handlers tagging along—and told, “You’ve got all-access. Ask me about anything you want.” A preview of the mag's upcoming cover story:

  • His yacht, Vajoliroja, is named for his partner, himself, and their two children—and it has a pirate theme.

  • He also named beaches on the island for his family, as well as mentors Hunter S. Thompson (Gonzo Beach) and Marlon Brando (Brando).
  • Depp gave a thumbs up to Tom Cruise’s performance in Tropic Thunder, which the group watched during the holiday.
  • To relax, he reads, plays guitar, and paints. “What I love to do is paint people’s faces, y’know, their eyes,” he says. “Because you want to find that emotion, see what’s going on behind their eyes.”