Scarlett Johansson believes her political views shouldn’t impact her career as an actress.
“I don’t think actors have obligations to have a public role in society,” Johansson recently told The Gentlewoman in their spring and summer 2021 issue.
The “Black Widow” star added that she thinks it’s “unfair” to place the expectation on those who don’t want it.
“You didn’t choose to be a politician, you’re an actor,” she said.
Johansson, 36, emphasized that her job was to connect with viewers through her art.
“Your job is to reflect our experience to ourselves; your job is to be a mirror for an audience, to be able to have an empathetic experience through art. That is what your job is,” she said. “Whatever my political views are, all that stuff, I feel most successful when people can sit in a theatre or at home and disappear into a story or a performance and see pieces of themselves, or are able to connect with themselves through this experience of watching this performance or story or interaction between actors or whatever it is.”
She continued, “They’re affected by it and they’re thinking about it, and they feel something. You know? They have an emotional reaction to it – good, bad, uncomfortable, validating, whatever. That’s my job. The other stuff is not my job.”
Johansson then discussed — not shockingly — her thoughts on the 2020 election, saying that when Joe Biden won the presidency, “You could hear people losing their minds outside, and I just cried.”
She added, “It was a pretty crazy reaction. Oh my God, it’s over. It felt like the end of a war, you know?”
Johansson has often faced criticism for speaking about her opinion on certain matters, including her pro-Israel stance.
In 2014, she controversially defended her decision to appear in an ad for SodaStream, an Israeli company with a factory situated in the West Bank Settlement.
While she wants to be able to speak freely, she also acknowledges that she’s made some wrong calls in the past.
“I mean, everyone has a hard time admitting when they’re wrong about stuff, and for all of that to come out publicly, it can be embarrassing,” she said. “To have the experience of, ‘Wow, I was really off mark there,’ or ‘I wasn’t looking at the big picture,’ or ‘I was inconsiderate’ … I’m also a person.”
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