Scarlett Johansson on New York, Lifestyle and Woody Allen

Scarlett Johansson tells about Russia, her lifestyle and Woody Allen. Read the full interview where Scarlett makes her point on feminism and tells who she would like to be reborn in "Cosmo Life" April. Coming soon!

CL: Do you love champagne?

Johansson: I do love champagne. I have many wonderful memories connected to it. I remember when I was little, my parents let me take a sip of champagne from their glass when we were celebrating Christmas or New Year. Therefore, I associate champagne with a holiday, happy moments, achievement of some goal. All these I think are reasons for champagne.

CL: In one of the films you played a Russian girl. Why do you think you landed in this spot? What makes people see a Russian in you?

Johansson: I do not know. I have Russian roots. My relatives from my grandmother’s side come from Minsk, so my roots are there. Jon Favreau, the director of “Iron Man 2” conducting the first casting was looking for someone who could pass as a Russian face. Maybe I have some unusual independence, which is attributed to Russian women.

CL: What is the difference between this role of the Russian girl and the role of the same but American women? For you - what's the difference?

Johansson: I do not know. Perhaps there is more of a kind of European grace about Russian girl. It seems to me that she is a bit more sline and sleek, a little more elegant. And also because she has well traveled, is connected with spies and has the ability "to be double-sided“ personality.

CL: If you were offered a lot of money to live in Russia, would you agree?

Johansson: That does not sound so bad! I think many Americans would take advantage of this opportunity. I do not think it's true that I need a lot of money so that I agree to live in Russia.

CL: Would you agree to stay for free?

Johansson: You know, I'm a true new yorker, so for me, New York is vitally important. Even if it's hard time to live in New York. But I know many who moved here or have homes in Russia and they love it. I think it would be great to spend a vacation there. Why not?

CL: Spending a vacation and living constantly are two different things.

Johansson: It's true.

CL: You really can imagine yourself living, for example, in Moscow?

Johansson: I do not know. In any place, wherever you live, you should have a company of friends, it must be a feeling that somewhere around you have a family. It's difficult to just go somewhere and be disconnected. But if I have a nice group of friends, and if I'm aware of the events - what's new, where to go, what's popular — I could live in different places.

CL: What is important for you living in a big city?

Johansson: Of course, infrastructure. Also this central feeling, that everything is not too spread out. Of course, good restaurants, because I love to eat delicious food. It's important for me to be in a walking city where people go a lot, where you can meet a friend and go for a coffee. I need some kind of spontaneity in the city, where you can just walk, and then your friend calls, and you already meet in some place.

CL: Tell me honestly, do you go by taxi in New York?

Johansson: Taxi, yes.

CL: Are you really using them?

Johansson: Yes. Well, I never invite people into my car. But - yes, this is how I'm moving around in New York. Or by walking.

CL: So you can meet Scarlett Johansson in a taxi in New York?

Johansson: Yes. I use public transport. New York is a city where it is easier to move by public transport or on foot. And you know, I think in New York everybody is too cool to care of who’s walking nearby. People are too passionate about everything that happens around. So it is not difficult to remain unnoticed.

CL: Tell me about Woody Allen. He seems to be a melancholic and very funny person. Is it just an image that we see in a movie, or is he the same in life?

Johansson: I do not think Woody is so melancholy. I think that he, rather, ... I will not say that he is optimistic. He is a realist. I remember the phrase from his movie. He says: "Realism is pessimism with an alternate spelling," I think that he is actually pretty enthusiastic. He appreciates fine things in life, quiet moments. And he is quite poetic in this way. I think that his melancholy is caused by the fear of his own mortality and the fact that all this can not go on forever, and there is an ultimate end. This very idea is melancholic, I think. According to me, he is a very positive person. He enjoys things, he loves to travel, music, food, art.

CL: Usually they say that people who show a good sense of humor on stage or on the screen, in life rarely share something: jokes, stories and so on. Speaking of Woody Allen, is this true?

Johansson: I always knew that he’s shy when you meet him. But when you get to know him better, he's an excellent storyteller, very funny, so resourceful. And he always has his own opinion on any occasion, he is very categorical, he always has something to say in response to what is going on.

CL: He is more conservative, I think.

Johansson: I think that Woody is more conservative financially. He is more "overgrown" with real estate. But I will not say that he is as conservative as he looks in the film. He's pretty liberal-minded, you know — he’s from New York, a Jewish from New York.

CL: Of course, but it's bourgeois, do not you think? In a good way.

Johansson: You know, he used to have anything, and now he's incredibly successful. I think he appreciates this opportunity - come from nothing and being somebody who has a beautiful and relaxed lifestyle. But I would not say that this changed his political views that much.

CL: As for you, could you relate yourself to the bourgeoisie? Do you like bourgeois things: expensive champagne, elite restaurants, beautiful dresses? Or are these things unimportant for you?

Read the full Interview in "Cosmo Life" April Issue, coming soon!