Call her an action star or an indie darling. Just don’t call Scarlett Johansson “ScarJo” – because she really, really hates it.
“I associate that name with, like, pop stars. It sounds tacky,” she tells Glamour of the nickname in the fashion magazine’s May cover story. “It’s lazy and flippant. And there’s something kind of violent about it. There’s something insulting about it.”
Johansson, who is expecting her first child with fiancé Romain Dauriac, seems similarly uncomfortable with being labeled a young and sexy actress, considering she first broke out onscreen 12 years ago.
“When I made Lost in Translation, I was 17, and now I’m 29 … I think I’ve been ‘in my early twenties’ for, like, over a decade!” she says. “That’s a normal side effect of being a young actor. You’re captured in a certain time of your life, and it’s hard for people to move past that.”
The actress, who currently appears onscreen in both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Under the Skin, makes it clear she’s moved past her former relationships, most notably her divorce from Ryan Reynolds more than three years ago.
“I feel I know now more of what I need in a relationship, what I want in a relationship,” she said when asked how she’s changed post-split. “And I know I have more tools to communicate, not just with my partner, but with myself. That’s not necessarily any reflection of who I was married to or what was happening in my marriage, but really where I was in my life.”
Now, Johansson is living in Paris with Dauriac, a French journalist. Although she recently told Craig Ferguson “my French is terrible,” she does seem to embrace their approach to fashion – with limits.
“The nice thing about being in Paris is that you know everybody’s looking at what you’re wearing: You have an audience, you know?” she says. “New York is about street style that’s functional. A Paris look is not functional! It doesn’t matter if your shoes are comfortable. Here [in New York] you can still wear your Nikes. In Paris you suck it up. You hobble around. Although my girlfriends in Paris and I decided we’re adopting the trend of athletic streetwear ’cause we got sick of it. I was like, ‘I am sick of not feeling my big toe after two hours of dancing!’ ”
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