Scarlett Johansson On Family and Fame: I “Selfishly” Want To “Have It All”

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By Michael Lewittes

(Alasdair McLellan for WSJ. Magazine)

Scarlett Johansson opens up in the new issue of the Wall Street Journal Magazine about balancing family life and her career.

The actress, who’s expecting her first child with fiancé Romain Dauriac, tells the publication, “It seems so stressful to not be able to spend time with your family because you’re constantly chasing the tail of your own success. There must exist a world in which I can balance those things, be able to raise a family and still make a film a year, or work on my own, develop things, do theatre. I want to be able to have it all. Selfishly.”

Johansson shares, “I know that with that there will be some sacrifices. I know that’s the struggle with working mothers and successful careers. It happens.”

However, the star points out there’s a double standard with male movie stars, saying, “With [male actors] it just doesn’t happen that way. You can be every woman’s fantasy, and nobody thinks twice about the fact that you have eight kids or whatever.”

Johansson further tells the mag she’s through with being typecasted in movies, and says this was part of the reason she joined the big blockbusters Iron Man 2, The Avengers and Captain America.

She reveals, “I’d rather take the chance of a film not working than be stuck in a pattern of making the same movie over and over again. I don’t want to be the ingénue anymore. That part I’m happy about. It’s nice to be glamorous, but I don’t want to always have to be trendy and glamorous and an object of desire. I don’t want to be stuck in that forever. Because it doesn’t last.” The issues hits newsstands on April 5.

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