Scarlett Johansson to Playboy: 'I Don't Think It's Natural to be Monogamous'
In an interview for the March/April edition of Playboy magazine — which just restarted the policy of including nude photos — Scarlett Johansson, the actress best known for Lost In Translation (2003) and her role in the Avengers films, said she does not think monogamy is natural for human beings.
"I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it's a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing. I don't think that it's natural to be a monogamous person," Johansson told Playboy. The 32-year-old starlet recently separated from her second husband, Romain Dauriac, a journalist turned popcorn store owner.
The star noted that she might get attacked for expressing her opinion, but she defended it as true. "I might be skewered for that, but I think it's work. It's a lot of work," Johansson added. "And the fact that it is such work for so many people — for everyone — the fact of that proves that it is not a natural thing."
Johansson insisted that she wasn't demeaning married couples at all. "It's something I have a lot of respect for and have participated in, but I think it definitely goes against some instinct to look beyond."
While Johansson is no longer married to Dauriac, they are still close. Her former husband, Ryan Reynolds, is by all accounts happily married to Blake Lively and has become a father of two. Interestingly, the starlet hinted a few years ago that her stardom being greater than Reynolds at the time of their marriage caused problems between them.
Johansson separated with her husband last summer, but she often spoke in the interview as though they were still together. She recalled that they both enjoyed living in New York City, after leaving Dauriac's native Paris. "I had a baby, and also my husband was coming from another country and becoming a citizen of this country," Johansson recalled. "I think my husband has embraced America, and New York in particular, in this really endearing way. He was making meatballs the other night, actually, I wasn't home. I was away, and he sent me a picture. He was like, 'I'm a real New Yorker, and I love The Sopranos!' I was just, 'You go, babe!'"
While Johansson said marriage is not natural, she described her relationship with her 2-year-old daughter, Rose, as profoundly impacting her life for the better.
Oh, it has changed me, yes. Just the process of being pregnant and giving birth was incredibly profound. Also surrendering to the fact that with babies, and particularly infants and toddlers, you have to let go of your expectations and of whatever instincts you have to take control of the situation. Of course, being a mother, you have to make decisions all the time that affect this person who is completely dependent on you, but you also have to surrender to the experience, and that in itself is really liberating.