Model Vittora Ceretti Responds to Lily-Rose Depp's Thoughts on Being Called a "Nepo Baby"
“You have no f-cking idea how much you have to fight to make people respect you. Takes years. You just get it free, from day one.”
The Idol star, daughter to Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, told the publication she is aware that the internet labels her a nepo baby, a term referring to a person who is believed to have gotten a start in their respective industry based on who their parents are.
“The internet seems to care a lot about that kind of stuff. 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,” said the 23-year-old, going on to explain that things are not as easy as they seem. “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 continued, “It’s weird to me to reduce somebody to the idea that they’re only there because it’s a generational thing. It just doesn’t make any sense. If somebody’s mom or dad is a doctor, and then the kid becomes a doctor, you’re not going to be like, ‘Well, you’re only a doctor because your parent is a doctor.’ It’s like, ‘No, I went to medical school and trained.’ I just hear it a lot more about women, and I don’t think that it’s a coincidence.”
Following the interview, model Vittoria Ceretti, who has been in the industry since the age of 14, took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the conversation on nepotism. “Just want to share a thought here because I can,” she began, continuing, “I bumped into an interview of a so-called ‘nepo baby,’ whatever y’all call it… Yes, I get the whole ‘I’m here and I work hard for it,’ but I would really love to see if you would have lasted thru the first five years of my career. Not only being rejected, because I know you have an experience with it and you can tell me your sad little story about it (even if at the end of the day you can still always go cry on your dad’s couch in your villa in Malibu).”
She added, “But how about not being able to pay for your flight back home to your family? Waiting hours to do a fitting/casting just to see a nepo baby walk past you, from the warm seat of her/his Mercedes with her/his driver and her/his friend/assistant/agent taking care of her/his MENTAL HEALTH???” The model went on to deliver her message, “You have no f-cking idea how much you have to fight to make people respect you. TAKES YEARS. You just get it free by day one.”
Ceretti concluded her note, “I have many nepo friends whom I respect, but I can’t stand listening to you compare yourself to me. I was not born on a comfy sexy pillow with a view. I know it’s not your fault, but please, appreciate and know the place you come from.”