Christina Ricci has shared how Johnny Depp stepped in to give her a “matter-of-fact” lesson about what homosexuality means when she became confused on set as a child star.

The Yellowjackets star, 42, was starring in Mermaids with Johnny’s then-girlfriend Winona Ryder in 1990 when something on set confused her.

She would have been nine or 10 at the time.

And she said that when Winona couldn’t find the words to explain to her what had happened, Johnny stepped in.

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Life lesson

Christina revealed during an interview with Andy Cohen on SiriusXM: “There was something going on on set and someone was not being nice to someone else. And they were like, ‘Oh, well, he might be homophobic’.

“And then 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 [to explain].’

“So she put me on the phone with Johnny, and Johnny explained it to me.”

Christina went on to say Johnny had just “very matter-of-factly” explained to her what was happening and what it all meant.

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She said: “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, okay’.”

Later on

Years later, Christina and Johnny starred together in a number of movies, including 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Sleepy Hollow, released the following year.

Winona and Johnny dated from 1989 to 1993 and remain good friends to this day despite their split.

As per People, Johnny and Winona met in 1989 at the premiere of movie Great Balls of Fire!

They hit it off on their first date and were engaged just five months later.

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While they were starring together in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands, Johnny had a ‘Winona Forever’ tattoo inked onto his right arm, which he later had changed to read ‘Wino Forever’.

Johnny hinted at the time that their split was caused by the pressures of life in the public eye,  telling the Los Angeles Times: “It’s very hard to have a personal life in this town.”

He added: “My relationship with Winona, it was my mistake to be as open as we were but I thought if we were honest it would destroy that curiosity monster. Instead it fed it, gave people licence to feel they were part of it”

Winona later said in an interview with Elle: “I think it was really ironic because everybody else just thought I had everything in the world, you know, I had no reason to be depressed, everything was sort of at its peak but inside I was completely lost.”