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Amber Heard Jokes She's Good At Playing The 'Villainous Woman Character' — How The Actress Prepped For Her New Series 'The Stand'

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Jan. 30 2021, Updated 12:00 a.m. ET

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Actress Amber Heard could not have been more thrilled when she landed the role of Nadine Cross in the CBS All Access miniseries The Stand, a post-apocalyptic tale of good versus evil based on Stephen King's famous novel. 

"I've been a fan of this book since I was a kid," says the 34-year-old actress, adding that it's always had a "special place" in her heart. "It meant something to me in those really lonely, awkward years. Books were kind of like the only friend I had for a while," she adds with a laugh. 

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Here, the Aquaman star opens up about doing her villainous character justice and how she prepared for the role. 

OK!: How did you get the part of Nadine? 

AH: I met Josh Boone, who created the adaptation, about 10 years ago. I talked about the book and we just nerded out. In general, in my career I've learned a very important lesson — always trust a nerd. [Laughs.] Especially when it comes to the genres of sci-fi and fantasy. 

Tell us about your character. 

She's complex, thanks to Stephen King and his genius in creating characters who have real backstories and are interesting and nuanced. 

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She's a villain, right? 

She's a survivor, and she's using the tools she has to survive. The world has not been kind to her. I tried to do her justice by bringing out her humanity — I think a seducer can also be vulnerable. I don't feel as a woman I have to apologize for one in order to justify the other. 

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Did you prep for the role? 

I seem to be really good at getting an audience to believe the villainous woman character — I don't know why! Nadine [has] a lot of psychological baggage, so I talked to and read a lot of interviews with people who had been either kidnapped or indoctrinated into a cult because her decisions are made in the same way a person who is brainwashed would make them. 

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Alexander Skarsgård plays a charming but dangerous demon in the show. What's it like working with him? 

I'm convinced no one else could play this role. It's a character we all can relate to, or at least identify within ourselves. Alex has a way about carrying himself and speaking that makes it so easy to want to follow him and like him, and that's why he makes the best devil ever! 

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How do you feel a story like this fits in with the current pandemic? 

It certainly is interesting timing. Of course, we shot a story that is very different to what is going on now. But it is based on a pandemic that wipes out most of the earth's population and leaves the best and the worst of humanity, and exemplifies them in a battle for the best survival of our species. [It's not just about how we] survive, but how we thrive and come together to do so. 

The series has supernatural elements. Do you believe in that kind of thing? 

Personally, I don't believe in anything for which I do not have proof or the ability to understand. But for Nadine, magic is part of her reality.

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