Speaking about the beginnings of her career but mostly about “the surreal time in 2003 when it seemed Scarlett Johansson was suddenly everywhere”, the Avengers star says that, “I mean, looking back on it now, that was almost ten years ago, which is crazy. It feels like a lifetime ago. Am I happy I’m not 20 anymore? Yeah. Nineteen? I don’t want to be that age. It’s incredibly confusing.”
In 2008 Johansson married the actor Ryan Reynolds and the two always tried to stay away from the public eye. “We always kept our story private — how we met, our wedding, everything,” she says. “It was about us.”
Johansson and Reynolds split in 2010 yet the divorce was finalized in the summer of 2011. “It was horrible,” she tells Vogue. “Of course it’s horrible. It was devastating. It really throws you. You think that your life is going to be one way, and then, for various reasons or whatever, it doesn’t work out.”
Then she continues, “This was something I never thought I would be doing. And there’s no way to navigate it. Nobody can give you the right answer. It’s never anything you want to hear. It’s a very lonely thing. It’s like the loneliest thing you’ll ever do, in some way.”
As on her recovery from the painful divorce, the actress admits that, “I don’t feel on the other side of it completely, but it gets better. It’s still there. More than anything, it’s just that not having your buddy around all the time is weird. There’s no rule book. I think it’s just time.”
On her relationship with actor Sean Penn, Johansson tells the magazine that, “We spent time together, yeah. I never put a title on it, really, but we were seeing each other,” and describes him as “a remarkable person.” “He really is,” the actress says.
When it comes to the invasive computer-hacking attack from September 2011, Scarlett admits that, “It wasn’t just me. It was others. I don’t want to be a victim and say, ‘Oh, well’ and just hide my head in shame. Somebody stole something from me. . . . It’s sick. I don’t want people like that to slide.”
Johansson is now dating a New York–based advertising creative director named Nate Naylor. “It must be very strange for him,” she says. “It’s totally bizarre. It’s an adjustment — I mean, it’s got to be an adjustment for him way more than it was for me at nineteen. But he’s really remarkably good about it.”
And even though she passed through tough times, Scarlett stays optimistic. “From that comes a lot of really amazing things. I think it will be an interesting year,” she tells Vogue.
Read Scarlett Johansson’s full interview in Vogue’s May 2012 issue.