It has been over a decade since the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie hit theaters. Back then Johnny Depp was mostly known for his quirky portrayal of eccentric characters. While Captain Jack Sparrow is about as eccentric as they come, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise elevated Depp to superstar status. We’re no approaching the fifth installment in the franchise, and with it, we’re have a mostly new cast joining the fray, including Kaya Scodelario.
Scoledario, who plays Carina Smyth in the newest installment of the Disney franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is probably best known for her roles on the original British teen drama Skins, and most recently as Teresa in the Maze Runner franchise. She recently spoke with our very own Nancy Tapia and talked about what it is like to work with a superstar like Johnny Depp, namely one of the big things she learned while working with him.
With Depp being arguably the biggest star in the business, it would be easy to think he is high maintenance, but that’s not the story Scodelario tells.
“It’s inspiring how successful he is and how huge he is and how dedicated he is to his work, but he also takes the time to talk to everyone on the set,” said Scodelario.
While rumors of trouble in his personal life have emerged over the last few months, Depp has for the most part been a class act on set, known for donning the Jack Sparrow outfit and visiting sick children in hospitals during downtime. He also bought every member of the crew rain gear during the last Pirates of the Caribbean film, On Stranger Tides. So it’s not hard to believe Scodelario when she says what a wonderful person Depp is.
“He’ll go over to the electrician in the corner and have a chat with him and ask about his kids and his life,“ said Scodelario.
Scodelario, who is getting more famous by the day, says she is thankful for her opportunity in Hollywood and working with Depp has set a good example for her on how to do that. “I always try and be as humble as possible and as grounded as possible,” said Scodelario. She says if a star as big as Depp can show humility despite his massive success he has had, then it shouldn’t be hard other actors to follow this trend. “To see Johnny Depp being able to do it, I don’t think any actor has an excuse to be rude to the crew after seeing that.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters this weekend. Be sure to keep an eye out for our full interviews with Scodelario, and directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning.