Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp will never forget his love-at-first-sight meeting with Vanessa Paradis in 1998. He was making a film -- The Ninth Gate -- with Roman Polanski in Paris. One night the director and actor both went to a dinner party at the Hotel Costes on Rue Saint-Honoré on the Right Bank.
"She was wearing a dress with an exposed back and I saw that back and that neck, and then she turned around and I saw those eyes, and — boom! My life as a single man was done," the Daily Mail reports. He added, ‘You have this feeling — I can’t really explain what it was, but I had it when I met her. I saw her across a room and thought: “What’s happening to me?”
Depp got much more than a life partner when he hooked up with the French singer/actress/model. He also got a style partner. Both he and Vanessa have equally quirky individual styles that's part rock n' roll and part vintage. It's always a pleasure to see them together on the red carpets. From day one, they have seemed right in sync, even here at the Critics Choice Awards in 2004. While Paradis is more likely to wear a designer than Depp (she favors Chanel) but she also loves vintage chiffon dresses.
Depp has it in his contracts that he gets to keep his film costumes so he has quite a selection of made-to-measure items -- designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood . Think Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, Sleepy Hollow, Public Enemies, Rum Diaries and now Dark Shadows. According to Atwood, Depp keeps his costumes in a warehouse in Santa Monica, carefully stored and catalogued
The couple and their two children, Jack and Lily Rose, spend their time at their LA Hollywood Hills compound, their two homes in France, a yacht and a private Caribbean island and he still occasionally gets onstage for surprise musical performances.
And their love is still going strong. "She and I have been together for nearly 14 years, and, well, I can hardly believe it. It only seems like yesterday that we met."
Meeting her also changed his wild lifestyle. He cut down on drinking and smoking, started exercising and healthy eating. Depp's idea of a perfect moment now is a far cry from his youthful partying days.
'A glass or two of wine before dinner is my favorite thing, watching the sunset and the kiddies playing nearby. It’s perfection.’