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Scarlett Johansson on her love of baking and walking the streets of Glasgow in disguise


Turns out that Scarlett Johansson isn't very different from the rest of us. In an interview with The Metro the star expressed her love of spending time in the kitchen, how she's protective of her partner, french journalist John Romain Dauriac, and the thrill of filming her upcoming film Under The Skin on the streets of Glasgow.

"My signature baked good is a vegan banana chocolate chip muffin," gushed the star who is known for her vegan diet. "I can modestly say I have had marriage proposals from those."

She's even a fan of licking the spoon. "I don’t believe in the whole raw egg thing. Licking the spoon is the best part. Sometimes the mix will barely make it to the oven.

"In a lot of ways I am exactly the same as I was when I was 12," the American actress confessed. "I try to live as normal a life as I can. I live in New York and that allows for me to have everyday encounters with people in life that I might not have if I lived in a big LA mansion on a hill. Of course, that doesn’t mean I am ever going to be thrilled to be in a women’s locker room – but who is, right?’

Does she feel extra protective of her private life? "The trappings of this job mean I always feel like I’m protecting not just my personal life but my family, my partner, my lifestyle, my address, everything."

Johansson is engaged to John Romain Dauriac, a French journalist. The pair began dating in November 2012, a year and a half after the star divorced her husband of three years, Ryan Reynolds. She refused to confirm recent rumours that she is pregnant.

"Several years ago I had that whole awful hacking incident" – when nude selfies she had once sent to ex-husband Ryan Reynolds were intercepted and posted online – "which made me feel so paranoid. But I am trying not to let it affect me."

Scarlett and Romain at the Cesar Film Awards in Paris last month

At the age of 29, Johansson has starred in 40 films, including The Avengers, Girl with a Pearl Earring and most recently Her, and she's become a somewhat veteran at dealing with life in show business.

"I see some of the young actors and young celebrities today desperately trying to fit back into society, which I totally understand. But really, once you accept your fate as someone who’s a recognisable person, who’s no longer anonymous, I think you have a much easier time fitting in than if you are constantly trying to be 'normal'."

Scarlett arriving for an appearance on New York's the Late Show with David Letterman in January this year

In her upcoming film Under The Skin, based on the novel by Michael Faber, she plays a man-eating alien who prowls the streets of Glasgow.

During filming, Johansson was disguised in a dark wig and required to attempt to pick up real-life male strangers on the streets of Glasgow while director Jonathan Glazer and crew hid in the back of the van, secretly filming. She was never attacked or even recognised.

She described the experience as "thrilling", "terrifying" and "delicious". Fitting into the busy streets of Glasgow was important to her. "If people aren’t expecting you to be there, then you’re somehow not part of their reality," she explained.

The role also required Johansson to strip down to her underwear where she embraced the fact that she doesn’t have a toned stomach. "Of course, like any woman, I was thinking: 'Oh God, there are going to be a million screen shots of this.' But it would be kind of distracting if I took off my shirt and I had, like, an eight-pack – not that I would ever have one! The character should look available and womanly – a little bit exotic, yes, but like she could fit in. It’s not like she’s some superhero, you know?"

So did she fully embrace Glaswegian life? "I did try Irn-Bru," she pauses, mentally re-visiting its unique taste. "I just don’t think I’m Scottish enough for Irn-Bru."

Watch the trailer of Under The Skin right here:

(Words: Sejal Kapadia, Images: Rex Features)



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