Scarlett Johansson defends her weight loss in Huffington Post article


Scarlett Johansson has been getting a lot of flak lately for her sudden weight loss. She has been accused of crash dieting, and there were reports that she was using Gwyneth Paltrow’s scam trainer. Now she has come out in defense of her weight loss and explained that it is in preparation for her new role as Black Widow in Iron Man 2. She refutes the claims that she is using Gwynnie’s trainer (never met her) and that she has lost 14 pounds (“If I were to lose 14 pounds, I’d have to part with both arms. And a foot.”)

While training for an upcoming film, I’ve come to this conclusion: chin ups are near impossible and lunges suck. There is no magic wand to wave over oneself to look good in a latex catsuit. Eating healthy and getting fit is about commitment, determination, consistency and the dedication to self-preservation. While I’ve never been considered a gym rat, I have, in fact, worked up a sweat in the name of cardio before, and although I enjoy a grilled cheese as much as the next person, I combine the not-so-good foods I crave with an all-around balanced diet.

People come in all shapes and sizes and everyone has the capability to meet their maximum potential. Once filming is completed, I’ll no longer need to rehash the 50 ways to lift a dumbbell, but I’ll commit to working out at least 30 minutes a day and eating a balanced diet of fruit, vegetables and lean proteins. Pull ups, crunches, lunges, squats, jumping jacks, planks, walking, jogging and push ups are all exercises that can be performed without fancy trainers or gym memberships. I’ve realized through this process that no matter how busy my life may be, I feel better when I take a little time to focus on staying active. We can all pledge to have healthy bodies no matter how diverse our lifestyles may be.

Since dedicating myself to getting into “superhero shape,” several articles regarding my weight have been brought to my attention. Claims have been made that I’ve been on a strict workout routine regulated by co-stars, whipped into shape by trainers I’ve never met, eating sprouted grains I can’t pronounce and ultimately losing 14 pounds off my 5’3″ frame. Losing 14 pounds out of necessity in order to live a healthier life is a huge victory. I’m a petite person to begin with, so the idea of my losing this amount of weight is utter lunacy. If I were to lose 14 pounds, I’d have to part with both arms. And a foot. I’m frustrated with the irresponsibility of tabloid media who sell the public ideas about what we should look like and how we should get there.

[From Huffington Post]

Scarlett also criticizes tabloids for being so obsessed with her weight, and worries that this hooplah will inspire bad habits in her fans.

The concept of ‘Stars Are Just Like Us!” makes us feel connected to lifestyles that can sometime seem out of this world. Yes, celebrities are just like us. They struggle with demons and overcome obstacles and have annoying habits and battle vices. That said, I would be absolutely mortified to discover that some 15-year-old girl in Kansas City read one of these “articles” and decided she wasn’t going to eat for a couple of weeks so she too could “crash diet” and look like Scarlett Johansson.

[From Huffington Post]

Scarlett makes a good point. Hollywood, and those that follow celebrities, are very concerned with looks and particularly the stars’ weight. But in Scarlett’s case, it was concern over her health and inspiration as a beautiful, curvy girl rather than “oh great, she’s finally dropped the pounds!” She was never large by any sense of the word, but she had curves and a chest and cute cheeks. In comparison to most of the other starlets in Hollywood (like Megan Fox, with her patented sultry look and fake boobs), Scarlett looked like a normal gorgeous girl. I can understand why she’s lost weight to fit into a lycra suit as the bad guy in a new action movie, but I can only hope that when the filming ends, she does just as she says she will and gets back to her old shape, while still keeping healthy – ultimately, the most important thing.

Here’s Scarlett at the Moet and Chandon: A Tribute to Cinema party held at Big Sky in London on March 24th. Images thanks to BauerGriffinOnline and .

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  1. geronimo says:

    She still has curves and a chest and cute cheeks! She looks toned and totally normal sized here (and also in those pics on the earlier thread about this.) This is not thin. To me, this is totally normal-sized.

    Still not keen on the hair colour tho’, kind of harsh, much prefer her blonde.

  2. ! says:

    She can say what she will, but she’s still fake fake fake. If she believed any of her tripe, she probably wouldn’t have bothered to lose the weight.

  3. Sauronsarmy says:

    Meh, I think she looks fine. The think that bothers me the most is her brown hair.

  4. JayBird says:

    Here are more recent pictures guys, sorry about that.

  5. Dani says:

    Do you think she’s fake? Eh, probably.

  6. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    She’s a pretty girl, she looks different for sure but she doesn’t look ‘skinny’…she looks healthy.

  7. Lizbeth says:

    Maybe it’s me, but in that first shot, she’s looking a little scary. Bit of a lollypop head, balanced on a skinny neck (but that could be the lighting), then the obligatory clavicles that could cut butter and bits of bumpy ribs just above the breasts.

    Overall, she looks ok but there are definately signs that she’s getting super skinny.

  8. geronimo says:

    Nope. Still looking normal and healthy.

  9. Ernestine says:

    I kinda hope she loses the boobs, because she’s a shittactular actress and her “girls” were the only reason she ever got so many good parts in the first place.

    That said, I don’t wish an eating disorder on anyone. But if she WERE a good role model, she’d tell the Iron Man 2 director to take his weight loss requirements and suck it. She was fine before. She did NOT need to lose any weight.

  10. big fish says:

    This woman has been my dream for 5 yrs. and she makes me more proud of her than ever. She has demonstrated that not only is she, not involved in Hollywoods scandals and mental depravities, she is intelligent as well as beautiful. Lets not critize her, remember the camera puts on 10 lbs. I want her beautiful too, but think, she has to wear a lycra body suit.She has promised to return to her old sultry, sexy, beautiful self. Congratulations on her recent marriage.

  11. kai says:

    Didn’t she say she doesn’t like gyms, like, a week ago?

  12. lisa says:

    Who cares? All the curvy actresses succumb to the skinny look after a while. The pressure gets to them and they cave.

  13. Bodhi says:

    She isn’t fake at all. And I think she looks great, a little smaller than before, but every woman’s weight fluctuates. I know I have several different sizes in my closet!

    And having a pronounced collar bone doesn’t always equal “too skinny”. I have very sharp clavicles & according to the doctor’s scale this morning, I am FAR from skinny!

  14. j. ferber says:

    I agree with you, Lisa. Didn’t Janet Jackson say she gained all that weight for a movie she never even made (Tennessee)? So now Scarlett is losing weight for a movie. If she actually gains the weight back after the movie, I’ll believe her, but I think she’s heading down the super skinny road and will be making excuses just like the rest (“I’m naturally thin,” “I eat like a horse,” “I’ve been undergoing a lot of stress lately,” “I’m too busy to eat,” etc.) Of course her weight is her business, but just be honest about it.

  15. Ned says:

    She should defend her nose job, not just her hypocrisy (as evident by past statements about weight loss and exercise).

    Seriously, her nose is much too small for her face now.

    People should always remember their own face size and proportions when they choose a new nose.

  16. PJ says:

    The weight loss changes her face quite a bit, it brings out her cheekbones and eyes. But I think she’d look better with a few extra pounds. She had a GREAT body!

  17. PJ says:

    I’d just like to add, Hollywood stars look so cookie-cutter these days. They all have the same skinny body with boob jobs, same hairstyle, tiny noses, big lips.

    It’s getting harder and harder to tell them apart! At least Scarlett looked different.

  18. Ned says:

    Some people love to work out and exercise.
    They always have.

    Scarlett have made the point again and again to exclaim she loathes exercising.

    It is obvious it’s more about submitting to Hollywood pressure rather than really health and love of sports.

    In Scarlett’s case, he body was her trademark.
    Her talent is lacking (to say the least) even in really easy roles in romantic comedies.
    Her face is plain and not close to Hollywood standards.
    and her personality is not upbeat and “cute” enough to be in that category.

    So her only claim to fame was her curves.

  19. Jag says:

    The curves usually don’t come back well, so her body probably won’t look the same if she does regain the weight. What was wrong with her old weight in a bodysuit? She was gorgeous, and personally, I’d rather see some curves tightly silhouetted, than the skinniness she’s become.

  20. Bodhi says:

    Her face is plain and not close to Hollywood standards.
    and her personality is not upbeat and “cute” enough to be in that category.

    Those statements are up for serious debate…

  21. Ned says:

    I’m sorry for saying it as it is and not sugarcoating it.

    That was the reason Sofia chose her for Lost in Translation. Her face is very plain and she is not “cute”, which was exactly what was needed for that role

    (a plain looking girl (non “cute” also) who would be intimidated by a beautiful actress, and is not cute or light to compensate for her lack of pretty face… but is “deep” and “lost”…

    Her body was her main asset.

  22. Enonymous says:

    You know who has made this into such a big deal? FAT PEOLE, they are so afraid of seeing a toned, proportional body that now unless you are a size 14 and above, you are considered “too skinny” and on the verge of being “anorexic”. Seriously, people with weight issues need to STFU about other people’s body structure and just concentrate on their own. The world has been filed with fat, obese unhealthy people, we don’t need to start criticizing the ones who actually make an effort to be healthier.

    Scarlett Johansson is perfectly fine, she is toned and I am sure she feels much healthier than before.

  23. Granger says:

    I think she’s just lost weight because she’s been training for her role, not because she’s on some crazy crash (Gwyneth-Paltrow-style) diet. For pete’s sake, she’s playing a superhero in a seriously kick-ass action movie. That means long days of running up stairs, chasing people, being hung by a cable pretending to fly, and performing endless choreographed fight scenes with co-stars. Wouldn’t you want to work out, too?

  24. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Never validate their stupidity by putting out an article in any media format, Scarlett.

  25. fabulous says:

    Can’t stand that tattoo – it looks like it came from a pack of bubble gum.

  26. paranel says:

    Why does she have to defend herself or her weight ? Scarlett is a beautiful girl. Her body looks great . Leave her alone.

  27. Kelly says:

    Scarlet?? I thought that was a Christina Ricci bobblehead doll.

  28. paris herpes says:

    Actually she didn’t lose too much weight here. Ideally this is what I even want to look like, it’s hard freakin’ work too but it’s worth it. I think I’ve already lost about 5 pounds by cutting out dairy and breads, plus I go to yoga almost 5 times a week. I’m not obsessed with my weight either, I just want to be healthy and have lots of energy. So I get what she means here and I don’t think she looks too thin at all.

  29. j. ferber says:

    Enonymous, are you the former Applegirl? You remind me of her with your aversion to fat people and harshly-worded comments.

  30. Enonymous says:

    My words may sound harsh to some but the truth is that people have gone to such lengths to promote the ‘curvy’ image that it has lost all true meaning, now it just seems that they are trying to glamorize being overweight. I am all for promoting the ‘curvy’ figure (which to me it means having a tone, well built body with accentuating body features, not full body chubbiness) but not if it’s going to scrutinize the slimmer people in the process. Let’s be honest, I understand that anorexia is a serious illness that probably affects a good part of Hollywood but in the really world, those cases are far less compared to the high rise of obesity and people need to stop using the word anorexia as an excuse to taint a healthier body image. It does no one any favors doing that, especially to women. Regular exercises (no silly, useless dieting required) increases body strength; pump ups energy levels, increases confidants and gives you a healthier outlook. This is where all this effort needs to be put into use, passing along this message, not bitching and moaning to why Scarlett Johansson decided to drop some of her baby fat .

  31. Trashaddict says:

    Female in Hollywood, America. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Nobody gets so crazy batshit over 10# fluctuations in the weight of male actors.
    If we didn’t have too damned much food in this country, the whole obsession would stop.

  32. FF says:

    What did I tell you.

    If you must criticise her do it when she doesn’t put the weight back on AFTER the film.

    All actors and actresses gain and lose weight for parts. Give the woman a break.

    The Black Widow’s costume is a skin tight catsuit. Scarlett’s losing is no different from Downey Jr’s having to gain for the part of Iron Man.

    I suspect Scarlet will put what she’s lost back on after. I really don’t get the column inches about this.

  33. Jill says:

    Enonymous, are you trying to say you thought she was fat before? I always thought she looked good… I don’t necessarily think she looks too skinny or unhealthy right now, just that she looked better with a few more pounds. Mostly her face looks different.

  34. Codzilla says:

    ” … now unless you are a size 14 and above, you are considered ‘too skinny’ and on the verge of being ‘anorexic.'”

    Yeah, because any woman who’s a size ten is constantly scolded for being dangerously thin. What a stupid thing to say, Enonymous.

    For the record, I think Scarlett looks great now, just like she looked great before.

  35. Tam says:

    Well, I truly believe that if she really believes what she says, that looks and weight don’t matter, she wouldn’t have lost the pounds and she wouldn’t be posing in all the fashion and women-oriented magasines (that promote all that stuff) and saying things like « I hope to stay sexy for a long time ». Ugh, so fake and lame and most of all CONTRADICTORY! Give it up scarr, admit that the pressure is too high and that you are STUCK IN IT!

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  37. JC says:

    She was way hotter in Lost & translation and The Island. now she’s all chin and knees.

  38. Beast says:

    Don’t worry about them hatas out there. Jus focus on doin you.