Here are 10 controversial quotes from Scarlett Johansson
- “I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.” This quote was from an interview with As If magazine in 2019, where Johansson defended her decision to accept the role of a transgender man in “Rub & Tug”, a biopic about Dante “Tex” Gill. She later withdrew from the project after facing backlash from the LGBTQ+ community and activists who argued that trans roles should go to trans actors. Johansson later clarified that her quote was taken out of context and that she recognized the importance of diversity and representation in film.
- “I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime.” This quote was from an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2019, where Johansson expressed her support for Woody Allen, who has been accused of sexually abusing his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow when she was a child. Johansson’s statement sparked outrage from many people who saw it as a betrayal of the #MeToo movement and a dismissal of Farrow’s allegations. Johansson later said that she felt the way she felt about Allen based on her personal relationship with him and that she supported women and believed women.
- “I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person.” This quote was from an interview with Playboy magazine in 2017, where Johansson discussed her views on marriage and monogamy. She said that she thought it was a lot of work to be in a monogamous relationship and that it went against some instinct to look beyond one’s partner. Johansson’s comment raised eyebrows from some people who saw it as a justification for cheating or a lack of commitment. Johansson later said that she was not advocating for any particular lifestyle and that she respected all choices.
- “I have made a career out of it.” This quote was from an interview with The Gentlewoman magazine in 2021, where Johansson referred to her history of making controversial comments and actions. She said that she had opinions about things and that she did not want to edit herself or temper what she thought or said. She also said that she thought it was dangerous to do so because it was not progressive or authentic. Johansson’s remark was seen by some as arrogant and defiant, as if she did not care about the consequences or the impact of her words and deeds on others.
- “I don’t profess to know anything about parenting, anything more than anybody else.” This quote was from an interview with The Telegraph in 2017, where Johansson talked about being a working mother and balancing her career and family life. She said that she did not have any advice for other parents and that she did not think there was a right way or a wrong way to do things. She also said that she felt guilty sometimes for leaving her daughter at home when she had to work. Johansson’s comment was criticized by some people who thought it was insensitive and dismissive of the challenges and struggles that many parents face, especially single parents or low-income parents.
- “I’m very happy to be here today wearing Marchesa.” This quote was from the red carpet of the 2018 Met Gala, where Johansson wore a dress designed by Marchesa, the fashion label co-founded by Georgina Chapman, the ex-wife of Harvey Weinstein. Johansson was the first celebrity to wear Marchesa after Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women in Hollywood. Johansson’s choice of outfit was seen by some as a show of support for Chapman, who had filed for divorce from Weinstein after the allegations surfaced. However, others questioned whether it was appropriate or respectful to wear Marchesa given its association with Weinstein.
- “I’m incredibly proud to be part of this film that addresses one of the lingering tragedies of 9/11.” This quote was from a press release for “The Nanny Diaries” in 2007, where Johansson played a nanny who witnessed the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks from her employer’s apartment window. The film was based on a novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, who also wrote a fictional account of their experiences as nannies in New York City during 9/11. Johansson’s statement was slammed by some people who felt that it was exploitative and insensitive to use 9/11 as a backdrop for a comedy-drama about privileged Upper East Side families.
- “I don’t think actors have obligations to have a public role in society.” This quote was from an interview with Elle UK in 2013, where Johansson talked about her reluctance to get involved in politics or activism as a celebrity. She said that she did not think actors had any responsibility to use their fame or influence to speak out on social issues or causes. She also said that she did not like being asked about her personal life or opinions because she wanted to keep them private. Johansson’s comment was met with disappointment and disagreement from some people who thought that actors had a duty to use their platform for good and to raise awareness about important matters.
- “I’m not going to apologize for having been successful.” This quote was from an interview with Cosmopolitan UK in 2016, where Johansson addressed the gender pay gap in Hollywood and how she negotiated her salary for her role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She said that she felt fortunate to be able to demand what she deserved and that she did not feel guilty for being successful or wealthy. She also said that she hoped other women would follow her example and fight for equal pay. Johansson’s comment was praised by some people who saw it as empowering and inspiring, but criticized by others who saw it as arrogant and out of touch with reality.
- “I’m very comfortable with my sexuality.” This quote was from an interview with Allure magazine in 2006, where Johansson talked about her sex appeal and how she used it in her roles. She said that she felt confident and comfortable with her sexuality and that she did not mind being seen as sexy or desirable by others. She also said that she enjoyed playing characters who were sexually adventurous or provocative. Johansson’s comment was applauded by some people who saw it as liberating and honest, but condemned by others who saw it as vulgar and inappropriate.