How Johnny Depp Enjoys the Simple Life in France

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis

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updated 03/03/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 03/03/2010 AT 9:35 AM ET

He’s been The Mad Hatter, Edward Scissorhands and Captain Jack Sparrow – and yet he dreams of cultivating a premium vino.

In a cover interview with French magazine VSD, on newsstands Thursday, Johnny Depp opens up in a rare discussion of his personal life, including a secret desire “to make wine. But I’ll keep it for myself before daring to sell it commercially.”

A longtime resident of Plan-de-la-Tour in southern France, Depp says, “in the Var where I live, it’s very interesting. [The region is] notable for rosé and it’s very good, though I prefer red myself.”

Currently filming The Tourist in Venice with Angelina Jolie, Depp says living in France with longtime partner Vanessa Paradis and their two children, Lily-Rose, 10, and Jack, 7, “has given me everything. A marvelous family and also an equilibrium which I missed enormously.

“With Vanessa and the kids, we live in a sort of little village in the south and I have the impression of being in paradise,” he continues. “It’s a property of about 30 acres and you know what I do there? Absolutely nothing.”

PEOPLE’s current Sexiest Man Alive also admits, “there are times when I don’t leave the property for three months at a time.”

Depp says his lifestyle is a “truly simple existence” that’s like “being on another planet. When I wake up I go look at my garden. I go see if my vegetables are growing, if certain flowers have started to bloom.”

He also confesses that “everything revolves around” his children. “Where will we go for a walk? Should we eat at the house with them or maybe go for a picnic? These are the problems we face there,” he says.

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