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Inside Blackpink Jennie and Lily-Rose Depp’s tight off-screen friendship: The Idol’s nepo baby stars have plenty in common, from repping Chanel to breaking norms and being LGBTQ champions

HBO’s The Idol may be getting slammed by critics but we have one nice takeaway: an adorable friendship between Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose and K-pop superstar Jennie And why wouldn’t they be? The pair have plenty in common, from serving as Chanel ambassadors to both being norm-challenging nepo babies raised by influential parents

But on second glance, should we be so surprised? They’ve got a heck of a lot in common.

Jennie, Lily-Rose Depp and Troye Sivan. Photo: @BLACKPINKBRASIL/Twitter
Jennie, Lily-Rose Depp and Troye Sivan. Photo: @BLACKPINKBRASIL/Twitter

Let’s zero in on our new favourite bestie duo – and their uncanny similarities:

OK, so they play on-screen besties …

Jennie Kim and Lily-Rose Depp in a still from HBO series The Idol. Photo: HBO
Jennie Kim and Lily-Rose Depp in a still from HBO series The Idol. Photo: HBO

HBO’s star-studded drama The Idol follows the story of an aspiring pop idol called Jocelyn (played by Depp) and her complex relationship with a self-help guru and cult leader Tedros, played by The Weeknd (aka Abel Makkonen Tesfaye). Jennie was cast for the role of Dyanne, a backup dancer and close friend to Jocelyn.

Jennie, Lily-Rose Depp and Troye Sivan star in The Idol. Photo: @NEWSJENNlE/Twitter
Jennie, Lily-Rose Depp and Troye Sivan star in The Idol. Photo: @NEWSJENNlE/Twitter

Despite this swoon-worthy casting, the show has been critically mauled – according to Forbes, The Idol is officially the worst reviewed show in history by far.

South Korean singer and actress Jennie Kim, right, made her screen debut in Hollywood through her role in HBO series The Idol alongside Lily-Rose Depp. Photo: Handout
South Korean singer and actress Jennie Kim, right, made her screen debut in Hollywood through her role in HBO series The Idol alongside Lily-Rose Depp. Photo: Handout

Depp is hearing none of it. “We know that we’re making something provocative and we are not shying away from that,” she told Vogue Australia. “It’s okay if this show isn’t for everyone and that’s fine – I think all the best art is [polarising].”

… and star in The Weeknd’s provocative music video

Jennie and Lily-Rose Depp behind the scenes. Photo: @BLACKPINKBRASIL/Twitter
Jennie and Lily-Rose Depp behind the scenes. Photo: @BLACKPINKBRASIL/Twitter

After The Idol’s finale came out in early July, The Weeknd released supporting single “One of the Girls” – naturally complete with a music video starring both leading ladies.

Featuring a compilation of footages from the show, the MV shows Jennie and Depp dancing at clubs, in the sauna, and driving in the night.

A mutual admiration pact?

Lily-Rose Depp and Jennie are good pals. Photo: @taeenle/Twitter
Lily-Rose Depp and Jennie are good pals. Photo: @taeenle/Twitter

OK OK, that’s all fiction – but it’s clear that during filming they developed an off-screen connection too.

In a YouTube interview for Max, Jennie shared her experience working with Depp: “It was amazing. I’m so lucky to have worked with someone that I’ve known for a long time. She’s a superstar. I’m just so lucky. I had so much fun.”

Depp was quick to repay the compliment. “[It] was so cool to watch her [Jennie] work. She’s so talented – I’m so in awe of her,” she told Grazia UK, “She’s so sweet, and for somebody who lives the kind of life that she lives, she is so humble and kind and a real girl’s girl. I love her.”

Accidentally twinning Chanel girls

Blackpink’s Jennie in Chanel. Photo: @jennierubyjane/Instagram
Blackpink’s Jennie in Chanel. Photo: @jennierubyjane/Instagram

So what do these influential ladies have in common? First off, they both rep Chanel. Religiously.

Jennie (often dubbed the “human Chanel”) bagged her deal with the maison in 2018, while Depp signed onto her ambassadorship in 2015. Both girls show up to most events wearing outfits from the label.

The iconic duo were both photographed at Chanel’s spring 2022 show, in 2021, and once wore the same dress, on different occasions.

Margot Robbie, Jennie and Lily-Rose Depp in a V Magazine Chanel book. Photo: Atelier New York
Margot Robbie, Jennie and Lily-Rose Depp in a V Magazine Chanel book. Photo: Atelier New York

They also star in V Magazine’s The Chanel Book alongside fellow ambassador Margot Robbie. And what did they wear for The Idol premiere at Cannes Film Festival? Chanel, of course.

OK, so sorry, but they’re both total “nepo babies”

Jennie and Lily-Rose Depp at a party. Photo: @jnsource/Twitter
Jennie and Lily-Rose Depp at a party. Photo: @jnsource/Twitter

Another thing these two icons may bond over is the fact that they’ve both worked hard to get where they are – despite been branded “nepo babies” for having influential parents.

Jennie Kim and lead star Lily-Rose Depp in a scene from HBO series The Idol. Photo: HBO
Jennie Kim and lead star Lily-Rose Depp in a scene from HBO series The Idol. Photo: HBO

Lily-Rose is, of course, the daughter of The Pirates of the Caribbean superstar Johnny Depp and model Vanessa Paradis, while Jennie reportedly has a mum who is a shareholder of South Korean entertainment and mass media company CJ E&M.

They’re both LGBTQ advocates

Jennie Kim and Lily-Rose Depp are clearly fond of each other IRL. Photo: @theidol/Instagram
Jennie Kim and Lily-Rose Depp are clearly fond of each other IRL. Photo: @theidol/Instagram

There’s no doubt that both girls are actively supportive of the LGBTQ community, with Blackpink long known for welcoming fans from the community.

Fans also believe that Jennie’s character in the HBO show is bisexual. If that’s the case, considering she’s from a nation renowned for its strict and conservative perspective, then Jennie clearly isn’t afraid to stand her ground.

Lily-Rose Depp with rapper 070 Shake. Photo: @luxylilyrose/Instagram
Lily-Rose Depp with rapper 070 Shake. Photo: @luxylilyrose/Instagram

Depp, meanwhile, has taken part in campaigns like Self Evident Truths which supports sexual fluidity, and although she’s not come out officially, it’s been confirmed that she’s dating rapper 070 Shake.

They both rule breakers

Lily-Rose Depp and Jennie on set of The Idol. Photo: @theidol/Instagram
Lily-Rose Depp and Jennie on set of The Idol. Photo: @theidol/Instagram

Depp and Jennie have bold personalities and aren’t afraid to challenge norms and expectations

Jennie has long been rumoured to be dating BTS’ V. K-pop idols are notoriously known for being under strict contracts, including not being allowed to date. If the rumours are true, then Jennie is a bona fide reveal.

The 24-year-old Deep also appears to have inherited her dad’s “too cool for school” gene. Growing up with a bohemian upbringing, she exudes a similar air of irreverence and independence as her parents, and has previously said her parents trust her to make her own decisions and opinions.

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