There is no denying that Johnny Christopher Depp III, or “Jack” for short, could technically be considered a “nepo baby,” after all, he is the and French singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis. But there is something different about Jack Depp, a notoriously private individual who appears to be carving his own path.
What is a "nepo baby" and why has this term been thrown around in the media? "Nepo baby” gained popularity again in November 2022 after Italian model Vittoria Ceretti spoke about working with a “nepo baby” in the fashion industry. She addressed her concerns in her Instagram story, shared by Diet Prada. In this context, it is used to describe the child of a celebrity who has benefited from the fame of their parents in some way.
Unlike his sister, Lily-Rose Depp, who has embraced the limelight and appears to be following in , Jack has chosen to keep his life away from the public eye, avoiding social media (although there is a fan account dedicated to him) and choosing not to attend public events or make statements to the media. He appears to have no interest in fame and would rather embrace a more peaceful life.
In contrast, Lily-Rose is active on social media and has made a name for herself as a model and actress. She is also more outspoken than her sibling. Like many celebrity children, the advantages she has had in life have become a topic of conversation, and she was asked to weigh in on this. , telling Elle, "The internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who are casting you in things." She continued, "Maybe you get your foot in the door, but you still just have your foot in the door. There’s a lot of work that comes after that.”
Not everyone will agree with Lily-Rose's statements, and it was reported that at the time they caused controversy. Some could argue that she was born into a life of privilege and her famous last name created valuable connections in the industry for her, although that is not to say she has not worked for what she has got. Can the same argument be made for Jack?
While there is no denying that Jack has grown up with obvious benefits because of the success of his parents, he has, thus far, rejected a life of fame. Not much is known about Jack and his private life, which makes him all the more mysterious and fascinating.
What we do know is that he is a . In 2014, Johnny Depp spoke proudly about his son in an interview with the (via Hello! Magazine). "He draws really super well. He also plays music very well,” Depp said. “He's got a good feel for that. Aside from school plays and things, he hasn't shown any desire to become an actor. Whew."
This is not entirely true, as Jack did have a small part as Peg Son in the comedy/horror 2016 film, which also featured his sister and father. However, this remains, to date, his only film appearance.
So what makes Jack different from other celebrity children? This is a question that we cannot fully answer, but it could be that his . Born on April 9, 2002, Jack is now 20 years old. He was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and is believed to have lived a quiet life. Despite the media having a keen interest in Jack, his mother felt it was important to keep her children away from the limelight.
Vanessa Paradis told Belgian magazine Weekend Knack (via People) in 2007, “Look, now I indeed keep them away from the cameras, because I don’t want our children to be forced to share in our fame against their will. They didn’t ask for that. Not yet. The day that they will decide for themselves to do things that might bring them into the spotlights, then I won’t stop them.”
It seems Jack has still not decided the time is still not right for him, and maybe it never will be.