Scarlett Johansson gets candid about her privacy.
The “Black Widow” star, 37, is one of the biggest stars today. She gained fame for her beauty, great body, and multiple roles in films. The world-renowned actress has earned multiple recognitions, including several Oscar nominees and getting massive box office draws. Unlike other big names in the entertainment industry, she loves to keep her private life extremely private. That said, Johansson has avoided social media for as long as she has — and with good reason.
Not Into Social Media
The “Lucy” star, known as the world’s highest-paid actress in 2018 and 2019, explained her decision in an interview way back in 2011.
“I don’t have a Facebook or a Twitter account,” Johansson told Interview Magazine. “I can’t think of anything I’d rather do less than have to continuously share details of my everyday life.”
What She Believes In
However, being famous also has its perks. According to Johansson, she uses her voice to spread awareness about the different causes she believes in.
“Um . . . You know, as a person in the public eye, I have always felt that if I have the good fortune of being able to shed a spotlight on different causes that I feel passionately about,” Johansson explained.
Life In The Public Eye
She has gotten both positive and negative attention from the media since gaining fame. Johansson admitted that she’s still “readjusting to it” every time.
“I don’t really profess to know how to balance any of it,” she said while laughing. “I don’t profess to know how to balance the positive and the negative media attention. It’s a gamble every time you put yourself out there, and, certainly, I’m always readjusting to it. But I hope it never becomes normal to feel scrutinized.”
She said she values her “privacy and my personal life—and I certainly don’t exploit my personal life.”
However, she admitted, “that’s not always in your control,” adding that “There are, unfortunately, people who are interested in prying.”
Johansson added, “So I think you have to protect your private life as much as you possibly can, and, at the same time, find ways to redirect that focus and turn the glare into a positive thing. I don’t know how you do it. I don’t know how anybody’s ever done it. . . . You know, 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.”
She also believes 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.”
Two years later, Johansson repeated her sentiments during an interview with Marie Claire for their May 2013 issue.
“All of it drives me crazy,” she said. “I don’t understand this need to ‘share.’ We almost exploit ourselves in order to feel seen.”