Scarlett Johansson knows everyone is mad at her, and in the latest issue of Vanity Fair, she addresses the controversies, apologizing in some cases, doubling down in others.
She says she feels the need to express herself, and refuses to apologize. Johansson says: "I'm not a politician, and I can't lie about the way I feel about things. I don't have that. It's just not a part of my personality. I don't want to have to edit myself, or temper what I think or say. I can't live that way. It's just not me."
She adds, "And also I think that when you have that kind of integrity, it's going to probably rub people, some people, the wrong way. And that's kind of par for the course, I guess."
RUB & TUG
Speaking of rubbing, Johansson cops to handling being cast as a transgender man in Rub & Tug poorly.
In response to initial casting backlash, her rep had initially told media outlets, "Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment." All of those actors portrayed trans characters in the past.
Now, she tells VF: "In hindsight, I mishandled that situation. I was not sensitive, my initial reaction to it. I wasn't totally aware of how the trans community felt about those three actors playing—and how they felt in general about cis actors playing—transgender people. I wasn't aware of that conversation—I was uneducated."
And yet she doubled down on her controversial support for Woody Allen, with whom she has worked several times, and who has been accused of sexual misconduct.
"Even though there's moments where I feel maybe more vulnerable because I've spoken my own opinion about something, my own truth and experience about it—and I know that it might be picked apart in some way, people might have a visceral reaction to it—I think it's dangerous to temper how you represent yourself, because you're afraid of that kind of response," she says. "That, to me, doesn't seem very progressive at all. That seems scary."
When asked if her critics "had a point," Johansson replies, "I don't know—I feel the way I feel about it. It's my experience. I don't know any more than any other person knows. I only have a close proximity with Woody...he's a friend of mine. But I have no other insight other than my relationship with him."