New interview with Johnny Depp: “Being adopted into the Comanche Nation . . . was one of the most incredible things that’s ever happened to me”

The photo at left shows Johnny Depp walking the red carpet for The Lone Ranger premiere in Lawton, Oklahoma on June 21 arm-in-arm with LaDonna Harris, his Comanche mother. In a recent video interview with Jake Hamilton of Jake’s Takes, Johnny addressed what it meant to him to be adopted into the Comanche Nation last year. “I know it was very important for you to get the approval and the blessing of the Native American community,” the interviewer said. “[. . .] I was wondering, of all the blessings you’ve gotten in your career, which one was most important for you to actually go and seek, and get?”

Johnny replied, “I’ve got to say, you know, the things that have happened to me in my life . . . how lucky I’ve been to become friends with the likes of Hunter S. Thompson, Marlon Brando, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney — heroes who’ve been great mentors and great examples. When I was invited to be adopted into the Comanche Nation by LaDonna Harris, who’s a wonderful woman and she’s my Comanche mother — that was, aside from having kids, that was one of the most incredible things that has ever happened to me.”

Johnny’s trip to Lawton on Friday was his second in the last nine months; Rolling Stone describes his previous visit, for the Comanche Nation fair in September 2012: “A couple of months after his adoption, Depp made an unpublicized appearance at the Comanche Nation fair in Oklahoma, riding in a parade, plunging into crowds of children, visiting an old burial ground, where he wept. They gave him moccasins, and the otter-skin headdress of a tribal leader; he gave them one of his paintings. At the end of the day, Depp told Harris that he had never felt so accepted anywhere in his life.”

Pictures from The Lone Ranger premiere in Lawton are available HERE.

The Zone thanks emma for sharing the pictures, the Rolling Stone article, and the Jake’s Takes interview. More pictures from the event are available at JustJared. The full Jake’s Takes interview from The Lone Ranger press junket, including conversations with Johnny and Armie Hammer, is available HERE. You can read more about Johnny’s visit to Lawton on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

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