Johnny Depp Personality Type – MBTI & Big Five

What is the personality type of Johnny Depp, using the personality models, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Big Five Personality Traits?

Johnny Depp is an American actor. He got his first major acting role in the horror movie A Nightmare on Elm Street. His most successful role to date is playing the character Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.

Johnny Depp has a history of drug and alcohol use, starting when he was just 11 years old, when he started taking his mother’s nerve pills. He claims that by the time he was 14 years old he experimented with and tried almost every drug there was to take. We can explain some of his behaviours and beliefs using the big five personality traits.

Johnny Depp Personality Type – Big Five


Johnny Depp’s often strange and eccentric demeanour can be largely explained by him being very high in the trait of openness. This is especially true of the creative aspect of openness. His creativity comes out in his language, and also the way he dresses. He greatly appreciates beauty and art, and unusual things. This is also likely a big reason why the characters he chooses to play are often strange and unique. For example, Edward Scissor Hands, you don’t get much stranger than that.


Johnny Depp has had great success and he seems very dedicated to his profession. This passion likely comes from the fact that he enjoys his work being an artist and actor. He also seems to love his recreational time, and time to engage in play. His recreational drug use is an example of that. During interviews he has also talked about some of the crazy activities he gets up to, like experimenting with fireworks and explosives. He also has more liberal, and more left-leaning political views, which suggests he is low on trait conscientiousness.


Johnny Depp is more on the introverted side. He is generally soft spoken, reserved, and private. He doesn’t seem to be someone that is looking to be the centre of attention. So, he is low on the extroverted scale.


He seems friendly and wants to get along with people. Generally, he seems to want to avoid confrontation. He seems strong with compassion and empathy, which are associated with being high in agreeableness.


Johnny Depp seems high in neuroticism. This in part explains his substance and alcohol abuse. High neuroticism is often a cause of drug and alcohol use. Neuroticism is the negative emotion trait and it’s connected to anxiety, depression, and the ability to control emotions. Many drugs, including alcohol, help to suppress negative emotions and increase positive emotions.  

If you combine high openness with high agreeableness, it tends to predict more liberal and left-leaning political views.

Johnny Depp Personality Type – MBTI  

Johnny Depp is an INFP on the MBTI. INFPs are very unusual types. They think and dress in unique and eccentric ways. They are highly creative types, sensitive, compassionate, and they can be very spacey and absent-minded. They are very much a hippie type of personality, dominated by a desire for freedom and compassion.

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