Scarlett Johansson is doing her part to promote Captain America: Civil War, which is a movie I care nothing about. Still, it’s why she covers the new issue of Cosmopolitan and I’m glad she can talk about stuff that’s important, like Planned Parenthood and Politics- which is more than I can say for some actors on the cover of certain OTHER style magazines (cough, Kate Hudson, cough). In the early excerpts from Scarlett’s Cosmo interview, she talks Planned Parenthood, equal pay and what it’s like to date (drumroll….) an emotional vampire.
On cutting the budget for Planned Parenthood: “There are countries at war, there’s terrorism, global warming, and we’re like, ‘We should definitely cut the budget for Planned Parenthood. Let’s take away the availability of women’s health initiatives!’… It’s nuts. We’re talking about preventing cervical and breast cancers. Growing up, I used [PP’s] services. All my girlfriends did—not just for birth control but for Pap smears and breast exams. You read about the rise of back-alley abortions, women having to mutilate themselves and teenagers having to seek help in unsafe conditions, and for what?! We’re moving backward when we’re supposed to be moving forward.”
On equal pay: “There’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole… I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage… I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”
On hitting rock bottom: “Long, long ago, I had someone in my life who was forever unavailable…but, like, so attractively unavailable. You have to get to your breaking point… rock bottom is the moment when you’re like, ‘I’ve lost myself. Why am I standing outside this bar at 1:30 in the morning texting while my friends are inside? Or taking a taxi to see him at some ungodly hour? This isn’t me.’ That is the moment you’ve gotta cut it off. Otherwise, it will keep coming back, suck your blood.”
Hear hear on PP, despite the rest of the country not giving a F about women. But I’m also SO interested in who the “forever unavailable” dude was that she’s referring to. I don’t think it’s Ryan Reynolds. My first thought is Sean Penn, but it could also be Josh Hartnett (remember him?) or I can totally see Jared Leto summoning ScarJo in a cab late at night.
Who do YOU think she’s talking about?