Scarlett Johansson is opening up about the future of her country and her career.
The actress is featured in Variety’s Power of Women issue this week, in which she covers everything from planned parenthood to the presidential election to the possibility of a standalone Black Widow movie in Marvel’s future.
Johansson became involved with Planned Parenthood over a decade ago and says she has been involved with the program “since I was a young lady. I’ve used their services. My girlfriends have used their services.” But Donald Trump’s candidacy has her worried for the program’s future.
“The funding for Planned Parenthood has been threatened so many times and very aggressively pretty recently. It’s a very real issue that we’re facing,” she says.
The actress notes that she has many fiscally conservative friends, but warns that when “weighing who to vote for, you really have to think about the whole spectrum — not just your idea of the American economy, but also climate change and issues like a woman’s right to choose.”
For those reasons, Johansson has supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Hillary was the right candidate for right now. I think she’s got a lot of integrity. She’s got a lot of stamina. She’s a very clever politician, and that’s actually important to me. Maybe it’s because I have a daughter now,” she explains.
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The Avengers actress also addresses the possibility of a standalone film for her Marvel character, Black Widow. “I would like for it to happen under the right circumstances,” she says. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity to mine that story line. She’s got a really rich origins story.”
Musing on potential storylines, she adds, “There’s a lot of places you can go — you can bring it back to Russia. You could explore the Widow program. There’s all kinds of stuff that you could do with it. You could really uncover the identity of who this person is, where she comes from and where she’s part of.”
Asked if she envisions the film as a prequel, Johansson says that is just one of many ideas floating around. What is for sure, she adds, is that “it would have been totally different than any of the other standalone films. I think if the fans wanted it enough, then it would probably become a reality.”
Johansson confirms that she discusses the film with Marvel “often” but adds, “If I did it, I’d have to do it while I still actually wanted to wear a skin-tight catsuit. I don’t know how much longer that’s going to be.”