While I have some out-there girl crushes (a la Daphne Guinness), sometimes I do jump on more common bandwagons. I know that tons of women (or at least the ones I know) have massive crushes on Scarlett Johansson, and I do as well. But there are plenty of reasons that Ms. J has a well-deserved spot in our hearts.
Her musical sensibilities. Some people disparaged ScarJo’s singing talents (or lack thereof) when she released Anywhere I Lay My Head, an album of Tom Waits covers (which David Bowie helped out on). While I didn’t love the CD, I thought it was fun and brave that she ventured into a whole new medium. 2009 found Johansson collaborating with Pete Yorn on an arguably better project: a smooth, Serge Gainsbourg/Bridgette Bardot-inspired album called Break Up. This album stood out more than the first, and I think Johansson and Yorn are wonderful collaborators. While I would go running for the hills at the first sign of negative music critique, Scarlett gets huge props for ignoring flack about her first album and going on to make something better.
Plus she totally got to sing “Just Like Honey” with The Jesus and Mary Chain at Coachella. That may subconsciously be why I’m writing this post.
She’s (almost) a director. While some stars are content swimming in pools of their money all day (at least that’s what I assume they do) Johansson is taking advantage of her Hollywood ties by directing a movie. And this isn’t some money-making blockbuster attempt; she’s adapting Truman Capote’s novella “Summer Crossing.” While I’ve never read the story, it is Truman Capote, so she’s probably made a good choice. I can’t wait to see the end result!
She got to kiss Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. In Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Scarlett made out with two of the most attractive people in Hollywood (in my humble opinion). Plus she got to run around the Spanish countryside riding bikes, having picnics and just looking plain sexy with them. Lucky duck.
She’s socially active. I know, every celeb ever does work for charity. But I love that Scarlett, an Oxfam ambassador, went so far as to skip the 2007 Oscars to tour India and Sri Lanka for a project. She’s done charity work in Kenya, attended AIDS clinics in Rwanda and has donated over 2,000 pairs of new shoes to Soles4Souls. I understand that charity and fame go hand-in-hand, but I like that Johansson does more than just write checks.
What do you think of ScarJo? Do you like any of her music? Are you excited about her directorial debut?