Johnny Depp: Daughter's Illness Was 'Darkest Moment'

11/02/2007 at 08:40 AM EDT

Johnny Depp: Daughter's Illness Was 'Darkest Moment'
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Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is still keeping mum about the undisclosed illness which landed his 8-year-old daughter, Lilly Rose, in the hospital this spring – but he is opening up about his paternal panic during those harrowing days.

"To say it was the darkest moment, that's nothing," the 44-year-old actor, next up in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, tells Entertainment Weekly. "It doesn't come close to describing it. Words are so small."

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"Now every single millisecond is a mini-celebration," says the two-time Oscar nominee. "Every time we get to breathe in and exhale is a huge victory. She pulled through beautifully, perfectly, with no lasting anything."

The Pirates of the Caribbean star also has a son, Jack, 5, with longtime partner Vanessa Paradis.

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