It’s safe to say Scarlett Johansson has two leading men in her life these days. The first is her fiance, Ryan Reynolds. The other is Woody Allen. The actress has starred in the last three films Allen has made–Match Point, Scoop and now Vicky, Cristina Barcelona, co-starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
In the film, the actress shares a controversial smooch with Cruz–one that Johansson admits was more pleasant than she anticipated.
"Everybody wants to know what it was like," she says in an interview with Parade.com. "Penelope had less facial hair than a guy so it was certainly more pleasant. It was better than kissing Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in Match Point. Kissing him wasn’t that bad, but he did have to stop and shave in the middle of a scene even though he’d shaved that morning. The man has really got some beard on him."
Johansson describes her relationship with Allen as "a young woman, great-uncle…Let’s say a young blossoming woman and a sort of droopy, Jewish kind of yenta" and calls him a "standup comedian who loves an audience."
"Oy, he’s such a diva," she jokes. "He won’t do anything until he gets his muffins in the morning. It’s out of control. Actually, I worship Woody and I’d do anything on one of his movies."
Vicky Cristina Barcelona deals with different kinds of love and relationships. The subject matter is perhaps right up Scarlett’s alley. Earlier this year, she became engaged to fiance Ryan Reynolds.
"I’m so fortunate to be in a very solid and comfortable relationship," she says. "I’m in a good place in my life right now. I’m a really big believer in loving yourself before you can give love to somebody else. The healthiest and most inspiring relationships are the ones where you’re so comfortable with the other person that you actually learn more about yourself that you could never appreciate before."
The actress continues, "I don’t think there’s anything wrong with experimenting with different lifestyles, especially when you’re young, but at any time in your life," she says. "Sometimes you expect something is going to go one way and it doesn’t turn out, or sometimes the unexpected happens and it’s positive. If you’re not open to that, I think you can’t live life to the fullest."