Scarlett Johansson said actors shouldn’t feel pressured into playing a public role in society and suggested politics isn’t her job in a new interview released on Saturday.
The Oscar nominee told British magazine The Gentlewoman that although she has made a career in courting controversy, actors should not feel the need to express their political views in public.
One of Johansson’s most popular roles is as spy Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film franchise. She first played the role in 2010 Iron man 2 and has been critically acclaimed.
“I don’t think actors have an obligation to have a public role in society,” Johansson said The Gentlewoman.
“Some people want it, but the idea that you have to do it because you are in the public eye is unfair.
“You didn’t choose to be a politician, you are an actor. Your job is to reflect our experience to ourselves; your job is to be a mirror for an audience, to be able to have an empathetic experience through art is your job.
“Whatever my political views, all of that, I feel most successful when people can sit in a theater or at home and disappear into a story or a performance and see pieces of themselves, or are able to connect with themselves through this experience of watching this performance or this story or this actor interaction or whatever. “
“And they’re affected by it and they think about it, and they feel something. You know? They have an emotional reaction to it – good, bad, uncomfortable, validate, whatever. That’s my job. The other thing. is not my job, ”Johansson said.
Johansson was asked about the controversies that have sometimes arisen throughout her public life. These have included reviews for his role in Ghost in the shell, where some accused an Asian actor should have been cast, and his initial decision to play a transgender character in Rub and pull. She then abandoned the project.
“I made a career out of it,” Johansson said of the controversy.
In Johansson’s latest film, Black Widow, slated for release in the United States in July, she once again plays the eponymous Marvel character. The film which will also star Florence Pugh, Ray Winstone and Rachel Weisz, among others.
Film director Cate Shortland praised Johansson in her comments to The Gentlewoman.
“She really pushed to do something that wasn’t flimsy or superficial,” Shortland said.
“She wanted to do something that meant a lot to young people and women. And she knew that maybe this was her last movie as Black Widow – she didn’t want to leave Marvel to make a feel-good movie. “