Scarlett Johansson for Cosmopolitan Magazine

Posted on April 07, 2016

“Captain America: Civil War” Scarlett Johansson covers the May 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine photographed by James White.


Miss ScarJo begins the poledance for her latest turn as Black Widow.

Remember when we featured ladystars promoting their rom-coms and indy dramas all day? Now it’s superheroes and ghostbusters and space heroes everywhere you look. There may be too many cartoons and adventure stories dominating the movies, but at least they’re growing up and out a bit by realizing that “hero” doesn’t automatically equal “white male.”

Anyway, stepping off her soapbox, let’s move over to the judging stand…



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 “There are countries at war, there’s terrorism, global warming, and we’re like, ‘We should definitely cut the budget for Planned Parenthood. Let’s take away the availability of women’s health initiatives!’… It’s nuts. We’re talking about preventing cervical and breast cancers. Growing up, I used [PP’s] services. All my girlfriends did—not just for birth control but for Pap smears and breast exams. You read about the rise of back-alley abortions, women having to mutilate themselves and teenagers having to seek help in unsafe conditions, and for what?! We’re moving backward when we’re supposed to be moving forward.”

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“There’s something icky about me having that conversation [equal pay] unless it applies to a greater whole… I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage… I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”

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“Long, long ago, I had someone in my life who was forever unavailable…but, like, so attractively unavailable. You have to get to your breaking point… rock bottom is the moment when you’re like, ‘I’ve lost myself. Why am I standing outside this bar at 1:30 in the morning texting while my friends are inside? Or taking a taxi to see him at some ungodly hour? This isn’t me.’ That is the moment you’ve gotta cut it off. Otherwise, it will keep coming back, suck your blood.”


Yow. Lady’s got some things to say, it seems. Which is good, because if it weren’t for the declarative sound bites, we’d be stuck looking at some boring-ass pictures. The hair and makeup look great, but the staging and styling couldn’t be duller. What has happened to the celebrity editorial lately, darlings? It seems to have gotten less and less interesting over the last year. Everyone’s playing it safe.


Style Credits:
Christian Siriano Spring 2016 Collection
Jonathan Simkhai Spring 2016 Collection

[Photo Credit: James White/Cosmopolitan Magazine, IMAXTree]

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