The chemistry was undeniable when Johnny Depp gazed into the eyes of stunning model Kristen StephensonPino on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger Tides. Later, holed up in his trailer together, Johnny whispered the words millions of women around the world could only dream of hearing. “He was like, Darlking you’re exquisite – you’re by far the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen,” the 5’5″ dirty blonde tells Star in an exclusive tell all interview. “It was one-on-one, I was in there for a few hours, and that’s, like, everyone’s ideal lover boy. He’s just the whole package!”
Kristen caught the actor’s attention [On the Pirate's set where she was a boob model or something] and he pounced. Johnny, still in costume, immediately had his personal makeup artist, Joel, call the 19 year-old over. “They had just left the set, and all of a sudden Joel looked at me and waved his hand to come talk to them,” says Kristen. “Johnny shook my hand and then kissed it – it was supercute. His hands were soft,” she dishes. “All of a sudden, my heart just stopped.”
Despite the electricity crackling between the two, the encounter was brief. But later, when Kristen was getting ready to leave the set at the end of the day, Johnny’s makeup artist again stopped her and brought her back to his boss’ trailer to hang out. “Johnny was already out of costume, and we just started talking,” she says.
And flirting. Kristen teased Johnny, telling him she had a crush on his one-time Pirates costar Orlando Bloom. “I was like, ‘I’ll take you and Orlando Bloom! That’s the only way you can get me,” she tells Star of their sexy banter.
But Johnny quickly crushed any possible competition for her affection, she reveals. “He starts laughing and goes, ‘Honey, no, no, no, no. I don’t share with anybody. You either get me or me, and that’s it.
Kristen continued to toy with Johnny, telling him that her really big crush was on David Bowie. She joked that he rocker wasn’t her husband only because they hadn’t met yet. Adds Kristen: “Johnny looks over at his makeup artist,” who had entered the trailer, “and he says, ‘So – she likes older men!’”
Johnny quickly made another play for her, Kristen says. “I was talking to him about stuff, and he was like, ‘Actually I’m really more of a shy type.’ When he told me that I was like, ‘Awwww!’”
Johnny then got more intimate, kissing Kristen’s forehead. “He goes, ‘You’re extremely sweet,’” Kristen confides to Star, adding that Johnny proceeded to embrace her. “It was a sincere hug – it wasn’t like a good bye.”
Indeed. Johnny found a clever way to keep in touch with Kristen on the sly. He told her to communicate with his makeup artist if she ever needed anything, says Kristen. “They were like, ‘We guarantee we’ll see you again.’”
Johnny tried hard to keep his promise. Kristen says the star’s makeup man, Joel, who travels everywhere with the actor, offered her a yearlong gig as his assistant. Perfect cover, insists the set insider. “Johnny’s motivations were more than clear! He wanted her with him. But Kristen declined because she wants to concentrate on her acting and modeling careers. Still, what could be better for your career than hanging out with Johnny?”
One major reason why Kristen didn’t drop everything for Johnny? She also has a thing for guys her age – especially 22 year-old pro surfer Torrey Meister, whom she’s been dating for about a year.
But Johnny was so smitten with Kristen that he tried more charming ploys even after he left Hawaii. “After the production moved to Los Angeles, he had the casting people contact her several times to say he would fly her out there for a small part as a mermaid,” dishes the set insider, revealing that Kristen said she had a family emergency and turned them down. Kristen confesses that “Johnny put in a good word for me.”