Scarlett Johansson Talks Nude Photo Leak, Says “It’s Sick”
Notoriously private actress and ‘Avengers‘ star Scarlett Johansson is Vogue’s May cover girl, and she gave the magazine an unusually candid interview in which she talked about her split from Ryan Reynolds and those nude photos that were hacked from her phone last year.
Johansson and Reynolds’ marriage in 2008 only lasted two years, but despite the pair’s star wattage, few people knew many details about their union. “We always kept our story private — how we met, our wedding, everything,” she said. “It was about us.”
She described their divorce as “comically amicable” but, at the same time, “horrible,” saying, “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.”
As for those nude pictures — taken for then-husband Reynolds — Johansson makes it clear she was aghast when they made their way to the internet. But rather than cower in embarrassment, she called the police, which later resulted in the phone hacker being arrested and charged with multiple felonies.
“I [didn't] want to be a victim and say, ‘Oh, well’ and just hide my head in shame,” she said. “Somebody stole something from me … It’s sick. I don’t want people like that to slide.”
As a result of the mess, Johansson no longer reads media coverage about herself and says the black-out has brought her peace, adding, “It allows me, I think, to be more creative. It’s nice not to be so self-aware.”
Still, the incident understandably rattled her.
“When all those photos came out, of course I go out to dinner and think, G-ddamn it, these people have all seen my …” Johansson’s voice trails off. “That’s terrible. You know what I mean? You can’t not think that. Even if they haven’t, you’re paranoid.”
The May issue of Vogue hits newsstands on April 24, and you can also catch Scarlett on-screen when ‘The Avengers’ opens May 4.