Scarlett Johansson: “My favorite actors are actors who are enigmatic and mysterious and never make the obvious choice”

Scarlett Johansson is, on one hand, one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood and has used her fame to publicly support various political causes. On the other hand, Johansson has managed to keep her personal life very private despite her massive fame, and even though in the last year she’s gone through both a divorce and a hacking scandal she’s managed to keep her name out of the gossip columns. Frankly it’s a bit refreshing in a world full of media whores to see an actress who wants to keep to herself.

But Johansson doesn’t try to keep her business to herself simply for privacy purposes.  While speaking with Interview Magazine, she reveals that there is a professional reason why she attempts to keep her life a bit of a mystery.

In addition, she says that she seeks to work with actors who similarly also try to maintain a bit of the unknown.  Johansson explains, “My favorite actors are actors who are enigmatic and mysterious and never make the obvious choice in terms of the projects they do or who they work with or their craft. But I think that the less I know about an actor, the more chance I have of allowing their own persona to kind of slip away so I can get completely lost in the character they’re playing, and the more that people think they know about your personal life, the more difficult it becomes to preserve that. So when I’m not working or promoting something, I try to be as under-the-radar as I can . . . This has just been a bit of a crazy year.”

Of course, while Johansson next appears in We Bought a Zoo, I’m not sure how much anonymity she’ll be able to get “lost in” in the collective fame of the cast of The Avengers.

1 Comment

  1. Trudi Goodman via Facebook

    December 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Well, that describes me to a T. Who wants to cast me in something, eh?

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