The actress on her action star status, marriage with Duraci and lessons on relationships
Actress Scarlett Johansson is riding the high wave. After her successful films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Under the Skin, the sultry actress is all set to turn superhuman in the thriller, Lucy. On the personal front, this year, the 29-year-old is getting married to Romain Duraci, the owner of an advertising agency in Paris, and is also expecting her baby. Currently settled in Paris, she talks to us about her action role, relationships and a weekend in Paris. More from her:
Your character in Lucy.
I play a character (of a drug mule) that, through the course of the film, begins to use a greater and greater capacity of her brain. (Because of a drug leak in her brain). Lucy gradually loses the ability to empathise and to feel pain. Even though she can delve deeply into someone’s memory and eventually control him physically, she doesn’t have any opinion.
What were the factors that attracted you to the movie?
The film poses some complex existential questions. It would have been hard to imagine how the script has evolved because so much of that is Luc Besson’s vision. I remember meeting him and he said, ‘You have to trust that I know what this is about because it can be vague at times. But if you see what I’m seeing, you’ll believe in it.’ So, I took a leap of faith.
How do you feel about being an action star following The Avengers?
I never thought of Mark Ruffalo as a big, green, giant, mutant thing! But he is. More than I had ever thought. Yeah I liked it. You get into the mind-set and accept that for the next five or six months of your life you are going to be permanently bruised. I worked for months on end to prepare and I really didn’t want to be perceived as a little wuss who couldn’t do it.
Tell us about your relationship with Romain Duraic.
We do different things. He’s in the whole art-scene world. So it is nice, because we can enjoy each other’s worlds, but we do not have our crazy and conflicting schedules and all of that other stuff to contend with.
You and Romain are splitting time between New York City and Paris. What’s a typical weekend in Paris?
Well, he loves art, so we might visit some of the galleries or go to a museum. That’s his true passion. I like to experience that with him. I guess part of the wonderful thing about living in Paris is how people take their time with things. And I like to feel no pressure on the weekends. Sunday, most things are closed in Paris, and there’s something wonderful about that. So I’m much more comfortable just spending the weekend in my bed.
How has your outlook towards relationships changed since your marriage to Ryan Reynolds?
I feel I now know more of what I need in a relationship, what I want in a relationship. And I know I have more tools to communicate, not just with my partner, but with myself. That’s not necessarily any reflection of who I was married to or what was happening in my marriage, but really where I was in my life.
Lucy is scheduled to release today.