Scarlett Johansson: ‘Motherhood Is Very Humbling’

Ghost in the Shell star Scarlett Johansson covers the March issue of Marie Claire and opens up about sexism in Hollywood, and family life with 2-year-old daughter Rose.

On when she presented at the Oscars when Rose was 5-months-old: “I had to bring my breast pump, because I was nursing and every ounce is like liquid gold. Somehow, Mark [Consuelos] got ahold of my breast pump—in a bag with all the milk, ice packs in there, and sh-t. He grabbed it out of my hand, but our cars got separated. Apparently, Kelly [Ripa] looked over, and she was like, ‘Wait a minute—is that Scarlett’s breast pump? We’ve got to get it back!’ because she knew how panicked I would be. We finally ended up at the same party three hours later, and Mark was like, ‘I’m so sorry.'”

On motherhood: “It’s very humbling. How’s your boobs? [she asks the interviewer who had recently given birth] Are they square? That was always my favorite.”

On being the highest-grossing actress in Hollywood history: “Just because I’m the top-grossing actress of all time does not mean I’m the highest paid. I’ve had to fight for everything that I have. It’s such a fickle and political industry.”

On being reluctant to discuss the wage gap: “Some people felt I should talk about my personal struggle in order to shed a spotlight on the greater issue. Maybe I’m being presumptuous, but I assumed it was obvious that women in all positions struggle for equality. It’s always an uphill battle and fight. My experience with my close female friends and family is that the struggle is real for everybody. Everyone has been discriminated against or harassed—sexism is real.”

On Rose watching her in movies: “I don’t think she’s allowed to see any of the movies I’ve made, other than Sing. I’ll be happy when she’s old enough to show her movies where I kicked some a**.”

For more from Scarlett, go to Marie Claire

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