Johnny Depp Explained Homosexuality to Christina Ricci in 'Simplest Terms'

The actress recounted the story during an interview on SiriusXM's Andy Cohen Live show to promote the new season of the Showtime drama Yellowjackets

She explained to Cohen the talk with Depp occurred after an incident on the set of the 1990 drama Mermaids when she was only 9 years old

"There was something going on on-set and someone was not being nice to someone else," Ricci said. "And they were like, 'Oh, well, he might be homophobic.'"

Ricci said she told the film's crew she didn't know what homophobia was, which led to a talk with co-star Winona Ryder

"Yeah," Ricci said. "And like the simplest terms. He was like, 'It's when a man wants to have sex with a man. And when a woman wants to have sex with a woman,' and I was like, 'Ah, OK.'"

Cohen joked that Ricci should have consulted with Cher, who enjoys immense popularity in the LGBTQ+ community, rather than Ryder about homosexuality.

Later in her life, Ricci would go on to share the screen with Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and Sleepy Hollow (1999)