Sherilyn Fenn Reveals The Moment She Fell In Love With Johnny Depp When They Were Young

Before Johnny Depp’s high-profile relationships with Winona Ryder and Kate Moss, he dated Sherilyn Fenn. Like all of the actor’s relationships, it was a whirlwind romance, and to this day, Sherilyn gushes that he was her first love. But during the 80s, both Depp and Fenn were still doing their best to climb Hollywood’s steep ladder to fame.

Johnny Depp is one of Hollywood’s most successful and known actors, but it’s not just his career that has grabbed the attention of the tabloids over the years. The actor’s love life has garnered much attention too, and with good reason. One of Johnny’s first relationships, when he was still new to the Hollywood scene, was with a star of the iconic early ’90s T.V. show Twin Peaks, Sherilyn Fenn. They were both very young when they first met on the set of the film Dummies in 1985. Sherilyn was 19 years old, and Johnny was 21, and their attraction for one another was undeniable. Here are all the details of Johnny Depp and Sherilyn Fenn’s relationship when they were young.

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How Sherilyn Fenn Fell In Love With Johnny Depp

During the filming of Dummies, Johnny Depp’s quirky charm swept Sherilyn Fenn off her feet, and soon the pair was inseparable. While the couple was trying to make a name for themselves in the film industry, they were incredibly supportive of one another. In fact, Johnny would often tag along with Sherilyn to her auditions as moral support and wait outside for her while she auditioned.

In an interview with The Big Issue in September 2017, the actress recalled, “The first big thing I acted in was Cheers – and my first love, little Johnny Depp, was waiting outside the door. I had to walk on and say three lines, then leave. My body was shaking. I walked out to say my lines, but I just wanted to run back into my boyfriend’s arms and run away.” Depp was also starting to gain traction in his own career, and he was soon cast in 21 Jump Street. Fenn guest-starred in one first-season episode. The couple also appeared in a Pepsi commercial together.

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When Johnny was cast in the movie Platoon in 1986, alongside Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen, the cast was asked to decorate their military helmets for their characters in the film. Depp decorated his with a few references to Fenn. One part of his helmet even had “Sherilyn” written across it. And it also features a heart pierced by cupid’s arrow. In the movie, viewers can see her initials ‘S.F.’ sprawled across the helmet. At that moment, Sherilyn Fenn couldn’t help but fall even more in love with Depp.


Johnny Depp And Sherilyn Fenn’s Love Story

The couple was together for about two and a half years, and while the timeline is not clear, they split sometime around 1988. Despite their split, Fenn never stopped speaking fondly of Depp. In fact, she repeatedly referred to him as her “first love.” The actress shared, “We were so young … We went out for two-and-a-half years when we were just starting out in the business. He was very sweet. He was my first love.”

Sherilyn revealed that her relationship with Johnny was important to her and something she will always treasure. She explained, “Finding your first love is an important part of everyone’s life. With Johnny, it helped me because as a young woman, for the first time, I had found real love.”

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While Sherilyn was open to speaking about her relationship with Johnny, on the other hand, he’s remained a little more tightly lipped about their shared history. It’s not entirely clear why, but it’s perhaps because the actor usually prefers to keep his love life private. Johnny has been no stranger to the tabloids, but when it comes to his romance and personal life, he’s always done his best to keep these things to himself and avoided speaking about them to the press.

Why Did Sherilyn Fenn And Johnny Depp Break Up?

Fans still don’t know the real reason Johnny and Sherilyn ended their relationship. It’s possible their flame just burnt out, or their busy schedules as actors kept them apart for too long. Maybe by prioritizing their work, they couldn’t make time for each other. After all, they first got together before their careers in Hollywood had initially taken off. The pair was also pretty young when they first started dating, and maybe the seriousness of their relationship was too much too soon. It’s unlikely that fans will ever really know what happened to cause the breakup.


Even though Sherilyn Fenn has continued to speak highly of Johnny Depp and even came to his defense during the scandalous abuse allegations from his ex-wife Amber Heard, it doesn’t appear that the two have stayed in touch. Looking at how Fenn still speaks about Depp, it would be hard to imagine they had a bad breakup.

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