When Amber Heard was just sixteen years old, her best friend at the time was tragically killed in a car crash. Having been brought up by her parents as a devout Catholic, she subsequently declared herself an atheist, believing that no God could possibly be so cruel as to take the life of a young girl. This change in view was also somewhat influenced by Heard having been introduced to the works of Ayn Rand - a Russian-American novelist, philosopher and notable atheist - by her then-boyfriend. About Rand, Heard has said "I've read all of her books. Ever since then, I have been obsessed with her ideals. All I've ever needed is myself."