Christina Ricci reveals Johnny Depp 'explained what homosexuality was' to her when she was nine years old

Two-time Emmy nominee Christina Ricci revealed that three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp 'explained what homosexuality was' to her when she was nine years old.

The 42-year-old former child star was on the Massachusetts set of Mermaids, her first movie, in 1989 with co-star Winona Ryder when someone accused someone of being 'homophobic.'

'I was like, "Well, I don't understand what that is." And I was in Winona's trailer and she was like, "I don't know how..."' Christina recalled on Andy Cohen's SiriusXM show Thursday.

Two-time Emmy nominee Christina Ricci (pictured in 1989) revealed that three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp 'explained what homosexuality was' to her when she was nine years old
Throwback! Johnny Depp pictured in 1990

Throwback! Two-time Emmy nominee Christina Ricci revealed that three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp 'explained what homosexuality was' to her when she was nine years old

'And so she put me on the phone with [her boyfriend] Johnny. And Johnny explained it to me. In like the simplest terms, yeah. 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, "Oh, okay."'

Cohen wondered why Ricci didn't ask her onscreen mother - gay icon Cher - about homosexuality and she replied: 'I know, we should've run right over [to her trailer]!'

The 59-year-old nineties heartthrob was 26 and the 50-year-old Oscar nominee was 17 when they began their headline-making, four-year romance, which ended in 1993.

Her first movie: The 42-year-old former child star was on the Massachusetts set of Mermaids in 1989 with co-star Winona Ryder (R) when someone accused someone of being 'homophobic'

Her first movie: The 42-year-old former child star was on the Massachusetts set of Mermaids in 1989 with co-star Winona Ryder (R) when someone accused someone of being 'homophobic'

Christina recalled on Andy Cohen's SiriusXM show Thursday: 'I was like, "Well, I don't understand what that is." And I was in Winona's trailer and she was like, "I don't know how..." And so she put me on the phone with [her boyfriend] Johnny'

Christina recalled on Andy Cohen's SiriusXM show Thursday: 'I was like, "Well, I don't understand what that is." And I was in Winona's trailer and she was like, "I don't know how..." And so she put me on the phone with [her boyfriend] Johnny'

Ricci continued: 'Johnny explained it to me. In like the simplest terms, yeah. 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, "Oh, okay"'

Ricci continued: 'Johnny explained it to me. In like the simplest terms, yeah. 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, "Oh, okay"'

Cohen wondered why the Cali-born, New Jersey-raised actress didn't ask her onscreen mother - gay icon Cher (M) - about homosexuality and she replied: 'I know, we should've run right over [to her trailer]!'

Cohen wondered why the Cali-born, New Jersey-raised actress didn't ask her onscreen mother - gay icon Cher (M) - about homosexuality and she replied: 'I know, we should've run right over [to her trailer]!'

'Wino forever': The 59-year-old nineties heartthrob was 26 and the 50-year-old Oscar nominee was 17 when they began their headline-making, four-year romance, which ended in 1993 (pictured in 1991)

'Wino forever': The 59-year-old nineties heartthrob was 26 and the 50-year-old Oscar nominee was 17 when they began their headline-making, four-year romance, which ended in 1993 (pictured in 1991)

The Cali-born, New Jersey-raised actress went on to film her first sex scene with Johnny in Sally Potter's 2000 indie drama The Man Who Cried, which she described as 'weird' because he was like a 'big brother.' 

'It was a little weird,' Christina told Entertainment Weekly in 2001.

'Anytime you're rooting around like two pigs in front of 20 men or women on a set, it's kind of bizarre, especially with someone you met when you were 9 and he was 26. But we get along so well that we could both laugh it off and say, "This is really irritating."'

'It was a little weird': Christina went on to film her first sex scene with Johnny in Sally Potter's 2000 indie drama The Man Who Cried, which she described as 'weird' because he was like a 'big brother'

'It was a little weird': Christina went on to film her first sex scene with Johnny in Sally Potter's 2000 indie drama The Man Who Cried, which she described as 'weird' because he was like a 'big brother'

She told EW in 2001: 'Anytime you're rooting around like two pigs in front of 20 men or women on a set, it's kind of bizarre, especially with someone you met when you were 9 and he was 26. But we get along so well that we could both laugh it off'

She told EW in 2001: 'Anytime you're rooting around like two pigs in front of 20 men or women on a set, it's kind of bizarre, especially with someone you met when you were 9 and he was 26. But we get along so well that we could both laugh it off'

Blindfolded kiss: Ricci and Depp also played love interests in Tim Burton's 1999 supernatural horror Sleepy Hollow (pictured), and they shared a scene in Terry Gilliam's 1998 black comedy Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Blindfolded kiss: Ricci and Depp also played love interests in Tim Burton's 1999 supernatural horror Sleepy Hollow (pictured), and they shared a scene in Terry Gilliam's 1998 black comedy Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Ricci and Depp also played love interests in Tim Burton's 1999 supernatural horror Sleepy Hollow, and they shared a scene in Terry Gilliam's 1998 black comedy Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

For her role as Misty Quigley, the Yellowjackets star will next compete for the best actress in a drama trophy at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, which air September 12 on NBC.

Christina must face off against Patricia Arquette, Julia Garner, HoYeon Jung, Rhea Seehorn, J. Smith-Cameron, Sarah Snook, and Sydney Sweeney.

Scene stealer: For her role as Misty Quigley, the Yellowjackets star will next compete for the best actresss in a drama trophy at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, which air September 12 on NBC

Scene stealer: For her role as Misty Quigley, the Yellowjackets star will next compete for the best actresss in a drama trophy at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, which air September 12 on NBC

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Christina Ricci reveals Johnny Depp 'explained what homosexuality was' to her when she was nine

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