Scarlett Johansson’s recent comments on relationships aren’t getting lost in translation.
In a new interview with Playboy posted Tuesday, the actress opens up about marriage, explaining that she doesn’t think it’s “natural to be a monogamous person.”
“I might be skewered for that, but I think it’s work. It’s a lot of work. And the fact that it is such work for so many people — for everyone — the fact of that proves that it is not a natural thing,” she added. “It’s something I have a lot of respect for and have participated in, but I think it definitely goes against some instinct to look beyond.”
While the interview appears to have been conducted before reports of Johansson’s split from her second husband, Romain Dauriac ― with whom she has a 2-year-old daughter ― the “Ghost in the Shell” actress was asked to comment on marriages that don’t work out.
“I think marriage initially involves a lot of people who have nothing to do with your relationship, because it’s a legally binding contract, and that has a weight to it,” she answered. “Being married is different than not being married, and anybody who tells you that it’s the same is lying.”
Johansson, who finalized her divorce from actor Ryan Reynolds in 2011, called marriage a “beautiful responsibility, but it’s a responsibility.”
|AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac at the opening of the Yummy Pop gourmet popcorn shop in the Marais district of Paris on October 22, 2016.|
Scarlett Johansson On Marriage And Monogamy
SCARLETT JOHANSSON has shared her views on marriage and relationships, admitting that she doesn't "think it’s natural to be a monogamous person".
"I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing. I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person," she told the most recent issue of Playboy, reports US Weekly. "I might be skewered for that, but I think it’s work. It’s a lot of work. And the fact that it is such work for so many people - for everyone - the fact of that proves that it is not a natural thing. It's something I have a lot of respect for and have participated in, but I think it definitely goes against some instinct to look beyond."
The Oscar-winning actress recently parted ways from her husband Romain Dauriac, who is father to her two-year-old daughter Rose, although she kept the split away from the prying eyes of the tabloid press. In the interview, she shed light on how she found being married different from being betrothed.
"Being married is different than not being married, and anybody who tells you that it's the same is lying. It changes things,” she said. “I have friends who were together for 10 years and then decided to get married, and I'll ask them on their wedding day or right after if it's different, and it always is. It is.”
Scarlett Johansson Doesn’t Think Monogamy Is Natural
Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac, her husband of just over two years, announced their split in late January. In a new interview with Playboy, Johansson opened up about her views on romance—and why she's skeptical about monogamy.
“I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing,” she said, before countering, “I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person.”
Johansson first discussed her views on monogamy while promoting her film Match Point in 2006. “I don’t think human beings are monogamous creatures by nature,” she said. “When I decide I want to have children with somebody, I think it would be nice to be married to that person.”
In 2008, before her marriage to Ryan Reynolds, Johansson clarified her 2006 remarks to Cosmopolitan.
“I don't think it's a natural instinct for human beings, but it doesn't mean I don't believe in monogamy or true love,” she said. “I believe in finding a soul mate. I've always been in monogamous relationships. I would never want to be in an open one. It'd be too awful. Monogamy can be hard work for some people. I don't think it applies to everybody, and I don't think a lot of people can do it.”
Now, at the end of her second marriage, Johansson’s thoughts on love appear much the same. She says married partnerships are “a lot of work” and a “responsibility”—which she recognizes with admiration.
“It’s something I have a lot of respect for and have participated in, but I think it definitely goes against some instinct to look beyond,” she told Playboy.