AceShowbiz - Helena Bonham Carter defended J.K. Rowling and Johnny Depp in a new interview. The actress, who starred in four "Harry Potter" movies as Bellatrix Lestrange, believed that the "Harry Potter" author was "hounded" over her comments on transgender women.
"It's horrendous, a load of bollocks," the actress told The Sunday Times Magazine in an interview that was published on Saturday, November 26. She added, "I think she has been hounded. It's been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people. She's allowed her opinion, particularly if she's suffered abuse."
The 56-year-old went on to say, "Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain. You don't all have to agree on everything - that would be insane and boring. She's not meaning it aggressively, she's just saying something out of her own experience."
While Helena jumped into J.K.'s defense, some "Harry Potter" stars, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, have all denounced the author for her transphobic remarks. When asked if her cast mates were "ungrateful," Helena said, "I won't say that. Personally, I feel they should let her have her opinions, but I think they're very aware of protecting their own fan base and their generation."
"It's hard. One thing with the fame game is that there's an etiquette that comes with it; I don't agree with talking about other famous people," she continued.
Elsewhere in the interview, Helena also talked about Johnny, who is the godfather to her two children. Of her "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" co-star, who won defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, Helena said, "Oh, I think he's completely vindicated. I think he's fine now. Totally fine."
"My view is that [Amber] got on that pendulum. That's the problem with these things - that people will jump on the bandwagon because it's the trend and to be the poster girl for it," she continued.
She also criticized cancel culture and the idea that someone's personal life should impact their career. "Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices? There would be millions of people who if you looked closely enough at their personal life you would disqualify them," she insisted. "You can't ban people. I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there's a kind of witch hunt and a lack of understanding."