Scarlett Johansson is on the cover of Cosmopolitan’s July issue, and in an excerpt from her interview, she explained why she’s so comfortable speaking out on issues like reproductive rights. She said, “I grew up in an environment that encouraged activism, so I never thought about the effect that it would have on my career at any stage. But I know it’s a luxury, and not everybody has that luxury.“
Earlier this year, Johansson told Playboy, “I always took Planned Parenthood for granted growing up. That’s how it should be, right? We are talking about normalizing what is by definition a normal thing: the accessibility of women’s health care. Everyone with a vagina needs it. Why are we still having these conversations so many years after we, as women, were supposedly ‘liberated’? I’m over it.”
The 32-year-old actress also talked to Cosmopolitan about the fact that it’s taboo for women to enjoy sex. She said, “Just having a healthy sexual attitude, you are labeled as loose, wild, a slut. You have no morals, and you’re seen as some kind of sexual deviant or someone who can’t be in a monogamous relationship. The minute you talk about enjoying yourself, being curious, that is still taboo.”
Scarlett Johansson on sharing her political beliefs: "Whenever you speak publicly, it’s always a risk, right? Maybe you’ll lose some followers. But if you have something to say, it can be really impactful. I hope my daughter finds her voice and feels like she can engage anyone in any number of topics. I grew up in an environment that encouraged activism, so I never thought about the effect that it would have on my career at any stage. But I know it’s a luxury, and not everybody has that luxury." Pick up your copy of the July issue on newsstands everywhere June 6! Peep the link in bio for a first look at Scarlett’s interview ✨ photo: @jameswhitefoto; EIC: @michprom; fashion director: @ayakanai; 💇: @marktownsend1; 💄: @frankieboyd; 💅: @nailsbymei
Johansson lets loose onscreen in the upcoming R-rated comedy Rough Night, which also stars Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, and Ilana Glazer. The movie, out June 16, follows five college friends as they reunite for a wild bachelorette weekend.