Elon Musk Requested to Meet Amber Heard Via Email Years Ago

The two, who have been spotted together, nearly met on the set of Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete Kills,' in which Heard had a role and Musk made a cameo.
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Newly single Amber Heard recently has been seen about town with a new pal — Elon Musk. Turns out it was a friendship in the making for four years, ever since the Tesla founder nearly met Johnny Depp's now-former wife while doing a cameo in Robert Rodriguez's 2013 film Machete Kills, in which Heard had a role (as Miss San Antonio). Musk, 45, didn't have a scene with Heard, 30, but apparently became infatuated anyway, according to a source close to the set, and began sending emails to Rodriguez and others — some made available to THR through a confidential source — asking him to set up a rendezvous.

"If there is a party or event with Amber, I'd be interested in meeting her just out of curiosity," Musk wrote. "Allegedly, she is a fan of George Orwell and Ayn Rand … most unusual." Rodriguez and team did indeed set up a dinner, but Heard — who was dating Depp at the time — didn't show, leading Musk to try again. "Can you send her a note saying I would like to get together for lunch in LA?" he emailed the Rodriguez team again. "Am not angling for a date. I know she's in a long-term relationship, but … Amber just seems like an interesting person to meet."

Despite recent reports that the two have been spending a lot of time together, a source close to Musk contends that it's nothing romantic: "As for now, they are just friends."

A version of this story first appeared in the Sept. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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