Scarlett Johansson on being sexy: “I don’t think of myself that way”

Scarlett Johansson always seems to land a ton of magazine covers whenever she’s doing press for a film, so prepare yourself for a ton of ScarJo news between now and May 4, which is when The Avengers arrives in theaters. I’m very much looking forward to the movie — not so much for Scarlett but mostly because of how Chris Evan’s tight little butt looks while he’s punching that bag in the second trailer. Maybe his waxed-up nips will reprise their former role too, which incidentally is what Scarlett is doing with her Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow character from Iron Man 2.

In celebration of The Avengers upcoming release, Empire magazine has issued special collector’s covers for ScarJo as well as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans. I’ve included the boys’ covers at the end of this post, but for now, here’s the poorly Photoshopped group cover. Collectively, they’re not Blue Steel-ing as hard here as during that dreadful Entertainment Weekly cover, and here are some excerpts from ScarJo’s interview:

Why Joss Whedon cast her in Avengers: “Joss said to me, ‘I want to do everything I can to keep this from being,’ in his words, ‘a sausagefest.’ I said, ‘That’s disgusting, but okay.’”

On Black Widow: “I knew that I didn’t want to play a love interest. That’s not who Widow is. I think Joss understood the importance of having a female perspective. He’s a very sensitive guy. He works really well with women. He obviously can write for them! He loves strong and independent women and he’s got a certain understanding of and an appreciation for, women who take charge of the situation, of themselves so it was clear to me that the character would not be underwritten.”

On being sexy: “I don’t know, I don’t think of myself that way. It’s alright for now. I’m convinced that obviously in a couple of years’ time it will be somebody else. I won’t be as interesting that way. I actually have not played that many sexy characters! Of course you could say the characters I played maybe in Match Point, maybe in Black Dahlia [are sexy]. But the characters I play aren’t really traditionally sexy, I don’t think. I think it’s probably a reaction to the fact that I’m curvy and confident about it, maybe. But I don’t think I was particularly sexy in Lost in Translation or particularly sexy in The Other Boleyn Girl.”

[From Empire]

C’mon, are we really supposed to believe that Scarlett isn’t the least bit flattered by “sexy” descriptors of her physical appearance? Maybe she’s really telling the truth, but it’s probably under the guise of considering herself one of those elusive “serious actress” types. At least she’s not talking about walking with her legs splayed out so that her character will be taken more seriously like she did while promoting We Bought a Zoo. Small mercies.

Scarlett also covers the May issue of Flare magazine. The cover itself is a reprint of a shot form a 2010 issue of UK Bazaar, but the interview is new even if not particularly enlightening. Scarlett does discuss how Terry Richardson shot her latest Dolce & Gabbana campaign though:

Terry Richardson did the newest D&G campaign:
“In the past those images were incredibly glamorous and had a movie star feeling to them and I think this campaign will be more intimate and natural, more like myself as opposed to a glamorous character that the boys had in mind. That kind of Anna Magnani sort of character. It’s more modern, less golden age of Hollywood.”

On her style vs. the red carpet: “I don’t really wear a lot of colourful things. I wear a lot of grey and black. I love grey and navy. I think it’s nice on the red carpet to wear things that are colourful just because I think there are more options. You can take more of a risk I suppose with colour on the red carpet.”

What will she wear for the Avengers premiere? “I’m the only girl in the film so I’m obviously going to be more aware that I’m surrounded by a bunch of suits. Everybody is going to be wearing black and grey and it will be nice to add femininity and some female sex appeal to the lineup. I think I’ll steer clear of the tuxedo.”

On design collaboration: “I’ve been very fortunate that I’ve worked with designers that are also good friends of mine. For different events, whether it’s for the Oscars or the Met ball, I’ve worked with Dolce & Gabbana to design stuff as well as my friends Roland Mouret and Stella McCartney.”

[From Flare]

Did Scarlett really just describe Uncle Terry’s mad photograpy skills as producing a “more intimate and natural” product? Ewww. Otherwise, this Flare interview is so meh. Let’s get on with those aforementioned Empire covers, shall we? May the testosterone flow, and yes, this will absolutely be a “sausagefest” of a movie.

Photos courtesy of Empire and Flare

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  1. gillie says:

    In the photo where she’s wearing the white dress, am I imagining it, or does she looks like Tea Leoni?

  2. monette says:

    Good, cause you’re not. Everybody saw your tits and your “awesome” bikini body so the gig is up.

    • marie says:

      thank you! seriously, remove your head from your butt and move on. maybe it’s just me, and maybe I’m just hatin on a Tuesday but she has never impressed me as an actress. Match Point was horrible..

    • yarra says:

      I was thinking about that too. I feel for her about the cellulite, but I never understood why she was considered one of the hottest women alive. Her face, by H-wood standards, is blah and nearly every photo of her features her boobs. Her acting is good and she’s cute, but she’s overhyped.

    • HAHAHA says:

      I co-sign all your different saying ladies!

      -not sexy
      -average body
      -dull personnality
      -awful acting skills!

      She should avoid the word “sexy”in her future interviews, she sounds so silly, with repeating it in all her interviews saying “I am not sexy” she tries to just spray the exact contrary of what she saying, just by denying it she states that she thinks she is seen otherwise… well get over yourself miss piggy-cellulite-boobs under the chin!

  3. Delouise says:

    I don’t really think you’re sexy either – zzzzzzzz

  4. T.C. says:

    Did she just call Joss Whedon someone who likes strong, independent women? Ever heard of his male masturbation movie Sucker Punch? You are just eye candy in this movie. Look at that baby gun you have for the movie it’s not going to kill any one in Loki’s army.

  5. Mia says:

    Ugh now we’ll have to deal with her passive-aggressive, boring interviews with the Avengers coming up. Don’t worry Scarlett, I stopped thinking you were hot a long time ago. That’s so early 2000′s. LOL

  6. Bbyboo says:

    I have never gotten her appeal. Even at the height of the ScarJo is so sexy campaign. LOL. Also, for someone that claims to believe she is not sexy she talks about it a lot. Why does she need to recap every movie she is in with the disclaimer I don’t think I was sexy in that? Oh well, she is right about one thing- there is always the new it sexy girl coming up the pipeline…

  7. says:

    On being sexy: “I’m convinced that obviously in a couple of years’ time it will be somebody else”

    Errr, in a couple of years? Haven’t people already moved on and forgotten about you?

  8. Bite me says:

    Has this girl ever been a box office drawl

  9. mia girl says:

    I like the fact that a woman with cellulite and a curvy figure is considered sexy… because no matter what we women want to harp on, a lot of men find her incredibly sexy.

    • lili-putienne says:

      Yeah dream on!! Even if men have different body shapes preferences ( voluptous, thin,plus size, athletic, lima skinny or curvy) they ALL want it toned and firm, otherwise cher will be a lot of cellulite ‘s flapping in gentlemen’s club…it s their number one Turn off on a women’s body and the are pretty bocal about it , that’s why we are so obsessed with erasing it!!!

  10. Poppy says:

    Ahh, Ms. Johansson. See how I respect your wish not to be called ScarJo? My husband and I will be going to see “The Avengers”, but rest assured it’s not to see your character. You are white noise to the rest of the gang. (Although that fugly Mark Ruffalo will be your partner in the white noise.) We want to see Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America. I am curious to see Hawkeye because I always did love a man with a bow. Please feel free to breathe a sigh of relief that your sexy, or lack thereof, will not be discussed between us. The only time we discussed your Black Widow character was when we questioned your purpose in “Iron Man”. Or was it “Iron Man 2″? See? We cannot even remember. You are safe. Your sexy still remains a mystery. And don’t worry about your safety as the Black Widow who only carries a little gun. The real eye candy will no doubt catch you if you fall.

  11. Sway says:

    *Sigh* They all “don’t think of themselves that way”.

  12. Boo says:

    Don’t worry, Scarjo–not very many of us think of you as sexy, either.

    To me, you’re just another chesty blonde slow-talker who did dirty with Sean Penn. Way to leave a legacy, sweetie.

  13. biteme says:

    WHERE IS THE HULK!!! WTF ( sorry i just dont understand why he gets no press)

  14. Gene Parmesan says:

    Where is Tim Hiddleston’s cover???

  15. Micah says:


    We have something in common then Scar….

    Cause I don’t think you’re sexy either….

    Irritating Cheese ball.

  16. Jenna says:

    All I got out of this article was some eye-candy in the form of Chris Evans. Mmm…

  17. Kimbob says:

    Is it a fluke she’s in a film that basically she’s the only female? I don’t think so.

    Anyone who’s “read up” on ol’ Scarlett KNOWS she’s got an ego the size of this planet. From what I’ve read, she’s not too nice to other women….even other women who FLATTER HER.

    All I have to say about Scarlett in these interviews is…Scarlett, puleez…STFU.

  18. ciel says:

    where’s tom hiddleston??? where’s my loki!!??!?!? T_T
    i’m kind of ok with scar jo, she’s fine.

  19. bns says:

    She shouldn’t be allowed to talk.

  20. Happy21 says:

    I cannot stand her and don’t find her a remotely sexy woman. She irritates me to no end.

  21. Jover says:

    I agree with everyone real sex appeal is enhanced and is complemented by a personality and intellect (at least she didn’t deign to give us her elementary school “political” opinions); for real sexy – i’m from the 90s – try underrated supermodel Yasmeen Ghauri; now yasmeen was sexy exotic in a way every women would want and every guy would drool over – and why hasn’t anyone commented on that ridic photoshopped cover – I guess covers like that are the norm so no one criticizes them anymore it doesn’t do any good.

  22. Rebecca says:

    Why does she keep saying she is the only girl in the film? Is she serious??? Did she not get the memo that Cobie Smulders is Maria Hill in the film. She is the one going to Comicon and stuff like that???
    Maybe Scarlett is just being a bitch. She always acts so smug I wish someone would just tell her to cool it, She can’t even keep a man for more than 3 years.

    • Minty says:

      In Scarlett’s world, she is the only girl who counts. SMH.

      She pretends to be intellectual in interviews, but her actions speak otherwise. She’s such a one trick pony. So, she doesn’t think of herself as sexy, yet that is how she always markets herself (or it’s how she lets others market her). From her second-rate Marilyn impersonation in those Dolce & Gabbana ads to her heavily photoshopped Mango ads, it’s sexy with a side of sexy.

      “Hey everyone, I’m not that great of an actress, but look at my boobs. Look at my lips.”


      Sorry Scarlett, you are overrated. And I think you had a nose job.

      • merc says:

        I was going to say… If she doesn’t “think of herself as sexy” then why does she insist on shoving that image down our collective throats in every ad campaign and almost movie she signs on to? You would think she had enough money to be a little more selective by now…

        That said, I don’t think she’s very talented so I don’t begrudge her making a living however she can. But the least she could do is be a little more honest about it. She looks dishonest and pompous trying to sell this serious, pseudo-intellectual persona.

  23. Daphne says:

    she annoys me on two levels. she’s not that talented, and I’ve never understood why so many people think she’s all that pretty. she’s fine and all, but nothing spectacular on either front.

  24. dahlianoir says:

    Tony Stark <3 (scarlett what?)

  25. Eve says:

    @ Poppy (# 11):

    If you want to trash ScarJo, be my guest. But don’t bring Mark Ruffalo down with her because he’s a great actor, an absolutely charming man and definitely the coolest guy on that set: