Celebrity Jeremy Renner Sends 'Avengers' Costar Scarlett Johansson Sweet Mother's Day Wishes The actor faces backlash in April after he joked about Johnasson's character being a "slut" By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on December 1, 2020 11:03 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Photo: Getty Despite having some harsh words towards costar Scarlett Johansson‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron character, Black Widow, Jeremy Renner definitely has love for the actress. Sharing a red carpet pic with the 30-year-old, Renner Tweeted “Happy FIRST Mother’s Day to you! What a beautiful blessing for you and your girl #sweetscarlet #mothersday.” Johansson welcomed her first child, daughter Rose Dorothy, with Romain Dauriac in September 2014. In April, Renner made headlines when he made a self-described “tasteless joke” about Black Widow during an interview with Digital Spy, calling the comic book character a “slut” for not ending up with his character, Hawkeye, at the end of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Costar Chris Evans, 33, who plays Captain America, then chimed in, calling the character “a complete whore,” who “flirts with everybody.” Both actors immediately apologized after the interview surfaced online, with Renner saying it “was not meant in a serious way.” Two weeks later, Renner, touched on the interview again during an appearance on Conan. “It was a joke – off-colored or whatever – but yeah, I’m unapologetic about a lot of things … mind you, I was talking about a fictional character and fictional behavior,” he told host Conan O’Brien.