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Lily Rose Depp Says Being a "Nepo Baby" Isn't Easy and People Aren't Here for It

Did the Johnny Depp's daughter put her foot in her mouth?

Lily Rose Depp has officially dipped her toe into the conversation about the children of privilege — but not everyone agrees on her hot take. The model/actress and daughter of actor Johnny Depp and model Vanessa Paradis weighed in on "nepo babies," and people have strong feelings about it online.

If you're not familiar with the term "nepo babies," it's short of "nepotism babies," i.e. the children of Hollywood big wigs who are now working in the industry. 

The problem, for some, with "nepo babies" is that they often have an easier time getting jobs within the industry. It's much easier to land a movie gig when your godfather is a famous director, ya' know? The problem doubles when you take into account the lack of representation across film and television. If only the elite are opening doors for the children of the elite, then not everyone can walk in.

Depp was well-aware of the conversation and gave her take on the whole "nepo baby" thing in a conversation with Elle recently. “The internet seems to care a lot about that kind of stuff," she said. "People are going to have preconceived ideas about you or how you got there, and I can definitely say that nothing is going to get you the part except for being right for the part." 

“The internet cares a lot more about who your family is than the people who are casting you in things. 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," she added.

The answer didn't sit well with people, including another "nepo baby," Alessandra Garcia (daughter of Andy Garcia) who fired back in a video of TikTok

"I think that nepo babies, and I can say this because I am one, think that regular level of work is working hard, but they forget that they get to the place of working a regular-level of work because of how easy it is to get there," she explained in the footage.

"Like I can admit that I've gotten into the model industry and gotten to sign with a really good agency because of who my dad is and my connections and then I can work really hard in that space," she pointed out. "Why can't we just have these conversations and then go from there?" 

People in the comments section were cheering Garcia on. "Yes it’s not questioning talent or work ethic, just pointing out that they were given an opportunity to showcase those [talents] in the right spaces!" one commenter on TikTok wrote. "Exactly. Who are we to hate on ppl who were born into families with access to great resources? It’s when they deny that reality that upsets us," another person added. "They will never understand that getting in the door is literally the hardest part and can take years & years of hard work and rejection with no money," someone else argued.

So no matter where you lie in the debate, we can all agree that making Hollywood more equitable is something we all should be working towards.