Scarlett Johansson and her husband Colin Jost from SNL fame welcomed their first child together in August 2021. Their son Cosmo joined big sister Rose Dorothy Dauriac, 6, who the Marvel star shares with ex-husband Romain Dauriac. Johansson recently opened up about feeling “protective” during both pregnancies as someone in the spotlight.
Scarlett Johansson didn’t want to be watched during her pregnancy
In a recent interview, Johansson described her apprehension about sharing pregnancy news, first while filming the 2015 blockbuster. Avengers: Age of Ultron then again last year. the Black Widow star wanted his physical changes to be dealt with on his own terms.
“I’ve been so protective of both pregnancies, not wanting to feel examined in the public eye,” Johansson told Vanity Fair. “I wanted to be able to have my own feelings about my changing body without other people also telling me how they saw me, whether positive or negative.”
The Oscar nominee shared how the outside opinions of a woman’s pregnancy can be a heavy burden to bear.
“I realized when I was pregnant with my son, it’s funny how much people put on you when you’re pregnant,” Johansson explained. “Their hopes or their judgment or their desire, a lot of that is put on pregnant women.”
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The MCU star received various responses on the pregnancy news
The mix of reactions Johansson received as she shared both her joy and her worries about her pregnancy made her feel judged.
“A lot of people would say things to me immediately, like, ‘How awesome, oh my, how wonderful,'” she recalled. “And while I was definitely excited to be pregnant in some ways, I also had a lot of not-so-good feelings about it, and that would be looked at by, I mean, like, women who were close to me. You expect it from men, but from women it’s like, ‘Come on, girl, you’ve been there.'”
Johansson noted that advancing women’s rights and equality still has some way to go when it comes to pregnancy.
“A friend, when I told her I was pregnant, she knew I was trying to get pregnant, she was just like, ‘Oh shit. Great, but not great,’ and I was like, ‘You’re a real friend,” Johansson said with a laugh. “I feel like a lot of things have come forward in the last five years in terms of empowering women, but this thing kind of stays at the age from the darkness. So much judgment, it’s crazy.
Scarlett Johansson could take time off
With the recent launch of her skincare brand The Outset and balancing her family and film projects, Johansson is hoping to take some much-needed time off this summer.
“I will focus on my family, who need a lot of attention,” she remarked. “I have a film and television production company, so we have 12 projects going on and we’re extremely spread out. So that’s a lot for me – for now.
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