Scarlett Johansson on her Broadway debut: “I’d spent four months bleeding all over the stage, completely exposed”

It seems scandal, even more than beauty, is truly in the eye of the beholder.  When Scarlett Johansson’s e-mail was hacked into, and nude photos were leaked onto the internet alongside those of multiple other stars, she reacted with her signature nonchalance.  “I know my best angles,” she recently told Vanity Fair, “They were sent to my husband.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  It’s not like I was shooting a porno.  Although,” she added, “There’s nothing wrong with that either.”

The invasion of privacy from the release of the pictures seems to pale in comparison to other ways Johansson has felt exposed in the past few years.  Her divorce from Ryan Reynolds (the recipient of the aforementioned photos) was public and painful.  Johansson says, “I really didn’t know what to do with myself.  It was such a strange time.  There was nothing that was interesting to me.  I had a very public separation.  It was difficult.  I felt very uncomfortable.”

Previous to the divorce, Johansson starred opposite Live Schreiber in a revival of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge.  She dove into the role and experience and says that it “completely took me over in every way.  I’d spent four months bleeding all over the stage, completely exposed.”

The run marked her Broadway debut, and she was rewarded for her emotional and physical exhaustion with the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, a life changing event for the actress who says she’s wanted to be on Broadway since her childhood.  Johansson explains, “I felt I was forever changed by that experience.  It was unbelievable holding that Tony.”

Written by Jillian Sara Santella

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