Drawing by Elizabeth Wagele

Johnny Depp is questioning, sensitive, and guided by his feelings. He sounds to me like a Romantic type influenced by his Observer "wing" (the personality next to his): Gabrielle Donnelly of the Daily Mail describes him as "softly spoken and, endearingly, still retaining about him something of the questioning air of the student."

Depp (born 1963 in Kentucky) was brought up all over the U.S. Donnelly quotes him, "I recall hearing my parents argue and thinking, ‘Come on, this is torture. Just split!' They stuck it out until I was 15, but I'd seen it coming for years. When they finally did divorce, I thought: ‘OK, this is the right thing.' My mum got ill after my father left, so my attention was taken up in making sure she was OK. I didn't have the time until later to mourn that loss of a sense of family, however unhappy." The next few years he turned inward and isolated with his guitar, headed toward becoming a musician.

Donnelly's description of him as an offbeat art house maverick also fits the Romantic. Before he met his present wife, Vanessa, at age 48, he had been married once and engaged three times. He was rebellious, as some Romantics are. Marrying her, his compassionate side blossomed. Romantic types are known for their compassion, their interest in the arts (though not all have this interest), and doing things in unusual or special ways. Depp in his career has done the unexpected.

In the TV crime series 21 Jump Street, 1987, he played a baby-faced police officer posing as a teenager investigating crimes in high schools and colleges. This made him a teen idol at 24, which didn't match his values or his introversion. "If the choice is to be gawked at constantly or to sit in a dark room, I'd choose the dark room. I felt as if I had been turned into a novelty, and it was mortifying. When I was in a social situation, I was nervous and uncomfortable. The only way I could get through it was to drink my guts out! I wasted a lot of years." His strong principles (including his choice to live in Europe) reflect the Romantic's connection to the Perfectionist arrow in the Enneagram system.

In 1990, he became a leading Hollywood actor with Edward Scissorhands (1990), playing a sad-faced, tragic hero who has scissors for hands. Other films include Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Rango (2011) the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2003-present), and Alice in Wonderland (2010.

He portrayed Edward D. Wood, Jr., in Ed Wood, Joseph D. Pistone in Donnie Brasco, Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, George Jung in Blow, and bank robber John Dillinger in Public Enemies. He won the Best Actor Awards from the Golden Globes for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and from the Screen Actors Guild for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He was named the Sexiest man alive by People magazine twice. He's in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid actor ($75 million).

One more thing: Depp's talents are special and rare, but who knows what his unusually beautiful face contributed to his personality, fame, and confidence?

The Career Within You features Depp as an example of a Romantic type.

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Elizabeth Wagele was the co-author with Ingrid Stabb of The Career Within You: How to Find the Perfect Job for Your Personality.

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