Scarlett Johansson reflects on past controversies: “I’ve made a career out of it”

“I’m going to have opinions about things, because that’s just who I am"

Scarlett Johansson has reflected on a history of controversies, saying she’s “made a career out of it”.

The actress, who attracted backlash over whitewashing for her role in Ghost in the Shell and her decision to play a transgender character, commented on the incidents that have marked her career.

“I’m going to have opinions about things, because that’s just who I am,” Johansson told The Gentlewoman in a new interview.

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She continued: “I mean, everyone has a hard time admitting when they’re wrong about stuff, and for all of that to come out publicly, it can be embarrassing.

“To have the experience of, Wow, I was really off mark there, or I wasn’t looking at the big picture, or I was inconsiderate. I’m also a person.”

The actress went on to say she is now aiming to “[recognise] when it’s not your turn to speak”. She explained: “I can be reactive. I can be impatient. That doesn’t mix that great with self-awareness.”

On the public role many actors are considered to have, Johansson said: “Some people want to, but the idea that you’re obligated to because you’re in the public eye is unfair. You didn’t choose to be a politician, you’re an actor.

“Your job is to reflect our experience to ourselves; your job is to be a mirror for an audience, to be able to have an empathetic experience through art. That is what your job is.”

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Scarlett Johansson will next be playing the title role in Marvel’s Black Widow, due for release on July 9 on Disney+ and in cinemas. 

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