Scarlett Johansson is dating a non-celebrity dude with an actual career

Yesterday, INF had exclusive photos of Scarlett Johansson wandering around New York, hand-in-hand with a tall, mysterious stranger. Go here to see the pics – we don’t have access to them, which is weird because these photos look SO posed, you’d think that more photo agencies would have gotten access to them. Anyway, ScarJo has a new man. And he’s… um… tall. In the photos, he doesn’t look particularly hot or anything, but maybe “big” is good enough (word). For most of yesterday, no one had any idea who this guy was. My guess was “bodyguard turned boyfriend” but as it turns out, he actually has a big advertising career in NYC. He’s a Mad Man!

Scarlett Johansson’s rep has brushed off recent rumors that she’s dating Kieran Culkin or Justin Bartha – but a source tells PEOPLE that the recent divorcée is now romancing someone for real.

The We Bought a Zoo star, 27, is seeing an New York City-based advertising executive named Nate, a pal of the pair confirms.

“They’ve been dating for five months,” the source adds.

The actress’s rep has no comment this time, but recent photos show the happy couple strolling the Big Apple streets, holding hands.

Meanwhile, the home that Johansson and ex-hubby Ryan Reynolds shared before they split a little more than a year ago, is back on the market.

Located in the posh hills of L.A.’s Los Feliz community, the four-bedroom, three-bathroom estate is on sale for $3,650,000.

[From People]

In a celebrity world where facially-challenged, backup-dancing man-children become official Oscar dates, it’s refreshing to see a female celebrity who dates a man with an actual CAREER. Not just a “job” – if this dude is an advertising executive, he’s educated and he’s worked in the professional world for at least a decade, and it‘s a career. He has his own thing going on, he sets his alarm, he has work commitments and owns several dozen suits. I applaud this choice. I wish more celebrity women would dip into the “professional, educated, eligible man” pile and completely forgo the “backup dancer/model/struggling 20-something actor” pile.

Of course, all of my praise could come back and bite me on the ass. On the surface, it seemed like Benjamin Millepied had his own career too, but as soon as he knocked up an A-list actress, he became The Ballet K-Fed. Will the same thing happen with ScarJo?

UPDATE: Ah, Page Six has even more about the guy:

Scarlett Johansson’s new mystery man is 38-year old advertising executive Nate Naylor, whom she’s been dating for about six months.

Photos emerged of Naylor and Johansson wandering around Manhattan this weekend with their arms around each other. Naylor apparently tried to stay incognito under a hooded sweatshirt, hat and dark sunglasses.

But we can reveal that the tall, dark and handsome Naylor is a freelance creative director and art director in Manhattan.

We’re told he lived in Amsterdam for several years while working at various ad agencies including Wieden + Kennedy. Sources say Naylor is originally from Arizona and graduated from Westmont College in California.

A source tells us he and Johansson met about six months ago through mutual friends and started dating shortly after, but so far have tried to keep their romance low-key.

But on Saturday night, ScarJo and Nate were spotted having a cozy dinner with three friends at Bowery Hotel restaurant Gemma. A spy tells us, “ScarJo was rubbing his back and kissing his neck. He was wearing a short- sleeve, V-neck T-shirt and had tattoos up his arm. ”

ScarJo, who will star as the superhero Black Widow in the upcoming movie “The Avengers,” married “Safe House” star Ryan Reynolds in 2008. They split in 2010.

She quickly rebounded with Sean Penn, whom she dated for five months, until they called it off in June. Reynolds is now dating “Gossip Girl” star Blake Lively.

Press-shy Naylor was photographed with actress Kristen Johnston at the Atlantic Theater Company’s spring gala in 2008. Sources describe Naylor as a nice guy, but that he “keeps to himself.”

Johansson will co-host a fund-raiser for President Obama with Vogue editor Anna Wintour on Tuesday at Theory’s Meatpacking store. Johansson’s rep didn’t get back to us.

[From Page Six]

Freelance? Tattoos? Ruh-roh.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. atlantapug says:

    Ballet K-Fed, I lol’d coffee right out my nose!

    I wish celebrity women would find more “regular” men too. Kind of like Notting Hill. They just date a guy with a job, who won’t cheat, won’t jet off for a month at a time, won’t make them insecure and crazy. But then they wouldn’t get all that media validation that they crave so much.

    I hope it works out for her. Sooo much better than crusty old-coot Sean Penn.

    • brin says:

      I agree….she married a gerbil, screwed around with an old weasel, maybe she finally found a real (mad) man.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Totally agree about the celeb women being with “normal” guys: a guy who’s not already married to someone else; won’t be on separate continents on the regular; who has his own career outside of “tha biz.”

  2. Madrid says:

    She is running away of another sean-peannesque situation. Good for them

    • constance says:

      That Sean Penn crap was just awkward and creepy wasn’t it? lol

    • originalone says:

      Good for her! Yeah, I wish more actresses would go for business-type men, but they keep on giving the ol’ actor a chance. Side-eye Jen A.

      But truth be told, a cheating man is a cheating man. No matter his profession. And if you are about to tell me that an ad-exec has less of a chance to cheat, oh, you are wrong. I work for one of those agencies, and the environment is CHARGED with sexual tension. I mean, just after the Christmas party alone, we have about half-a-dozen pregnancies, and some unfortunately were presented with the gift that keeps on giving. Yes, the herp.

      But ScarJo is one of those actresses that should be put on a pedestal in order to glow. Like Halle Berry before showing her crazy. Remember when she first started dating the younger Gabriel Aubry, and even after her pregnancy, that woman never looked better. Simply, IMHO, because she was adored, and her needs were put first.

      Some women need that kind of attention. Others don’t, and would not feel comfortable with it. But my beliefs are that Scarlett needs it, and thrives on it. So good for her. It’s going to take a LOT of adoration before she loses that Sean Penn-esque gleam of sleaze!

  3. Dana M says:

    {In a celebrity world where facially-challenged, backup-dancing man-children become official Oscar dates, it’s refreshing to see a female celebrity who dates a man with an actual CAREER.}

    I totally agree. Absolutely refreshing! I like her now.

  4. Asli says:

    Okay, she’s starting to redeem herself here. I like it. Glad someone is starting to see that there’s a world full of potential outside of Hollyweird. I hope she starts getting out of the tabloids and get real acting gigs (let’s face it, We Bought A Zoo isn’t exactly award-worthy material, or really any good in general).

  5. Jackie says:

    i thought the very same thing while reading the ‘report’….freelance? tattoos? this may not be as refreshing as we would like.

  6. Maya says:

    I don’t get what’s so exciting about her.
    For some (even me), Zoe Saldana’s face is annoying, but I’d add Scarlet into the same annoying category. There’s just something about her face and expressions in still shots that really make me want to punch my laptop screen. Her expressions are so hoity-toity and really, who is she? A queen? Even queens don’t have that arrogant countenance.
    And don’t get me started with her singing voice…

  7. Zozo says:

    Are we sure this is not just her older gay friend? Their body language is screaming that, rather than new flame. Though he does fit the Sean Penn profile.

    • Carlotta Love says:

      He does he fit the Sean Penn profile??

    • Julie says:

      thats one of the things that annoys me on gossip sites. people talking about body language.
      yes, you can see amazing things in the body language but
      a)most people dont have a clue about it but “saw a documentary about it”
      b) you cant tell from two or three randomly taken and randomly chosen pictures even if you are an expert

  8. mln76 says:

    I think the majority of celeb women over 25 would be happier with a high powered exec then chasing after the douches that pervade the Hollywood dating scenes.

    • podzol says:

      Heehee, Salam Hayek is winking and giving a thumb up at what you said, while J.Lo is confusingly saying “whatchoo talking about?”

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      @min76, agreed! Hollywood and Washington are full of narcissists. Which is why actors and politicians need no nonsense partners to ground them. It looks like it’s working for Matt Damon!

  9. Lee says:

    Tattoos in advertising are not so suspect or unusual. They can give a bit of counter-culture creative cred to someone who is in reality an financially driven executive.

    • podzol says:

      Absolutely agree, and freelance can also mean that someone just wants to have the reign on their career and that they don’t want to pigeonhole themselves at one place. Add NYC to the mix = nothing out of the ordinary here.

  10. Eleonor says:

    I usually don’t like ScarJo, but this is a good choice.She has chosen a man who’s not on her paycheck (à la JLO and Madonna) and who can say “no”.

  11. Wow says:

    Didn’t she just date half a dozen men this past 6 months?

    Wasn’t Gordom L. like a couple of weeks ago?

    How did she date a guy from NYC for the past 6 months with all the partying we have heard of, in the past 6 months?

    But I do like the new turn…

    • Funnylilou says:

      my exact thinking, it seems like she dated bunch of guys these last months but apparently we don’t have the same measuremet of time that her PR team ;D!

    • The Original Mia says:

      Or maybe the gossip was wrong & she wasn’t dating anyone but him.

  12. CJ says:

    Is it just me, or does he look pissed about being photographed?

  13. Dee Cee says:

    She really wants to marry Penn and become Mrs. Dictator of Haiti.. holding on, using his wise words to please him, learning to speak the common man language I suppose..

  14. mk says:

    yeah, ‘cos ‘tattoos’ is actually the American codeword for ‘trouble’. Jesus.

  15. D says:

    “I wish more celebrity women would dip into the “professional, educated, eligible man” pile and completely forgo the “backup dancer/model/struggling 20-something actor” pile.”

    Why? A wealthy female entertainer is in the privileged position of being able to indulge her attraction to artistic “free-spirits” because she doesn’t need to consider a man’s financial/career prospects – she can fund her lifestyle by herself – and the instability of his lifestyle is less likely to cause her problems.

    If she’s into hot artists, or likes a bit of rough, she can more freely indulge her sexual desires because her wealth & social position insulate her from many of the potential consequences of choosing a man based on how exciting, fun, & sexy she finds him.

    A non-wealthy, less privileged woman, on the other hand, has to take a man’s career/financial potential into account, which may mean having to prioritize stability, responsibility, & good career prospects over her passion for, say, sexy young musicians.

    Also, is it really surprising that many actresses, singers, and other creative types simply prefer men with more bohemian, free-wheeling lifestyles to men with more conventional careers/life paths? Or that they may be more tolerant of a certain level of instability/drama/unpredictability in their romantic relationships (or indeed, thrive on it)?

    • Ida says:

      I’m with you.

    • bella says:

      This is true. Celebrities have fame, wealth, acclaim and simply do not live by the same mindset as non-celebrities. They are able to frenzy-feed their egos and whims. Yet, celebrity admirers yearn for celebrities to live their private lives in the same manner as the rest of us. Perhaps this makes the celebrity more identifiable, more accessible. I’m a Johansson fan. I’d LOVE to see her with a handsome, established, mature man with a more traditional career. But at the end of the day, a more tranquil, traditional lifestyle probably won’t suit a star who can indulge her every whim…

      • TG says:

        Bella and D – You both make good points that I hadn’t considered. Though, I do have to disagree when you call them “artists types”, there are some in Hollywood who I agree are artistic natured and meant to be actors, but I would say more of them have no artistic bone in their body and acting is just a job that they somehow got. I don’t think someone with the true acting bug would be shilling all the fashion crap most of them suddenly decide to put their name on. They are in it to make money no matter how, their image is their brand. But having said that, I could never be attracted to a loser no matter how much money I had. And by loser I mean any of JHo’s fall-to guys, Jessica Simpson’s baby daddy, etc.

    • Funnylilou says:

      co-sign! and what a very intelligent and insighful comment by the way!

    • mln76 says:

      I hear where you are coming from but I’ll counter with this. There are women in Hollywood who are ambitious and career driven and are at a place where they’ve earned respect. The ‘creative type’ men in Hollywood tend to treat all women like groupies (see John Mayer, Sean Penn, etc). It really doesn’t matter if you can ‘afford’ to have a creative man in your life if he isn’t treating well it amounts to the same thing as having a loser boyfriend no matter how much money is in the bank.

      • Ida says:

        Actually Sean Penn doesn’t strike me at all as the kind of man who’d treat women like groupies. He’s been through a number of brief relationships with beautiful young women since his divorce, it’s true, but I don’t reproach him for it at all. If I had been married for nearly two decades, I’d probably also want to stay away from very involved, very committed relationships as well. That said, I do think he’s very difficult to put up with and has far too much baggage for someone like SJ. As for John Mayer, he’s just incredibly infantile. Also, one doesn’t have to be rich and powerful to treat women like crap. It happens everywhere, all the time, sadly.

      • mln76 says:

        About Sean Penn he was known to cheat on Robin and take up with models throughout their relationship. He also is rumored to have insisted that she didn’t work much in order not to compete with his career like Madonna did way back when.
        EDIT: My point is Hollywood encourages men to be infantile. A woman with brains and looks will be valued alot more outside of Hollywood than in it.

      • Ida says:

        None of what you said, if at all true, suggests that he treats women like groupies. What it does suggest is that he’s somewhat of a pain in the arse, as I pointed out in my post.
        I’m not sure Hollywood encourages men to be infantile. Narcissistic? You bet. But that applies to the women too.

      • mln76 says:

        @ida OF COURSE Hollywood encourages both women and men to be infantile (and narcisstic). In fact many celebs have said that whatever age you are when you become famous to an extent you never mature beyond that. I guess your definition of being ‘treated like a groupie is different than mine’?

      • Ida says:

        I think we can safely say it is! 🙂

        Seriously though, I don’t for one minute think that Penn was a good husband, and I certainly wouldn’t want to be married to him. Chauvinistic though he might be, however, it’s a little bit of a strech to argue that he treats women, well, the women he’s had intense relationships with, like disposable goods. Someone who does that quite well and openly is George Clooney. The women he goes through are completely interchangeable and, as everyone knows, completely disposable and, indeed, disposed of at almost regular intervals.

      • D says:

        @mln76 – Your comment assumes that everyone prioritizes being treated well above all else. I’d argue that someone who repeatedly gets involved in these “burn hot, crash hard” relationships is making a choice, consciously or subconsciously, that s/he values things like excitement or sexual passion over kindness & long term stability.

        They’re not stupid or blind – they can see as well as we can when someone is trouble. But some people like trouble.

        We all know people who not only tolerate a certain level of bad behavior from their lovers (e.g. someone who runs hot & cold, a wandering eye, a volatile/possessive temperament, an element of danger, etc.), but actually finds that bad behavior somewhat exciting.

        And while a non-wealthy woman can probably get away with indulging those preferences in her 20s, at a certain point she’s going to have to make her head override her hormones. If you’re rolling in dough, it’s easier to act like a perpetual 20-yr-old.

        Also, I absolutely don’t believe that business executives & other professional men are more moral than artists &/or celebrities, or are less likely to be misogynistic or treat women like trophies, status symbols, subordinates, &/or whores.

        I was just pointing out that artistic talent has a special lure & romance associated with it in this culture – taking up with an artist is a pretty common fantasy for both men & women, partly because of the perception that they are particularly passionate, exciting, & indifferent to convention.

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  17. kimmy says:

    its so weird seeing pics of RR and scarjo with their new pieces when they were married and were NEVER photographed together.

    also, this isn’t particularly about scarjo, but its always interesting to me how quickly celebs move on. they must have more game than i do!

  18. marybeth18 says:

    I agree with this. I watched an interview with Julianne Margulies on “Ellen” where she talked about meeting her husband. She was at a dinner party and this attractive man was seated next to her, who she assumed was an actor (have you seen her husband? He’s gorgeous). She was completely uninterested in dating another actor and tuned him out, until she heard him mention that he was a lawyer. To which she swiveled around in her chair and said “Hellllooo.” People are entitled to date whomever they want, but I always like when people choose true partners, rather than arm candy [and both men and women choose the arm candy- I just wonder, what do they talk about?? What does J.Lo talk to her backup dancer about? What did Clooney talk to the Italian woman about? At least Stacey Keibler seems like she can hang in a conversation!]

  19. Miss Bitch says:

    The second piece says he’s freelance, meaning he may not be gainfully employed, or even working at all. Just sayin’.

  20. hstl1 says:

    I am sorry, but he reminds me of Howard Stern.

  21. layla says:

    “Freelance? Tattoos? Ruh-roh.”

    Did we just warp back to the 50’s. Seriously?!!!

  22. Ogechi says:

    I love how the story is written, love the news, love their relationship & love Scarjo.

  23. texbrook says:

    I have met this guy thru friends. He’s cuter in person. IMO he could do a lot better then ScarJo. Ugh.

  24. Jordan says:

    Good for her! Tattoos on the arm wouldn’t be seen while he is wearing a suit so that’s not a bell ringer. However, I did raise an eyebrow at the freelance part. But that could mean that he is too expensive (and good) to be on permanent payroll anywhere. Hope it works out for her.

  25. mew says:

    What I wonder is where has her breasts disappeared? She’s no thinner now than she was when the red dress grapping episode happened but her chest is very much smaller.

  26. Jayna says:

    I love Ryan. Blake is a lucky girl.

  27. Jin says:

    I’ve always thought she was full of herself and lost all her potential to be interesting after Lost in Translation by trying to put on this bombshell Marilyn Monroe act for the media. I do respect how private she is though. That’s the way to go if you want to be taken seriously as an actress. Keep your relationships quiet and no red carpet walks together.

  28. Heather M says:

    I didn’t think he looked that great in the photos, but then I read he was super hot, so I just Googled him. He is HOT. He looks like my fiance, but my guy has blue eyes and he has brown eyes. He is very chiseled and sexy looking. Yum.

  29. Heather M says:

    I know this story is old, but I just had to include the photo link (that probably no one will follow bc this story is old…)