Scarlett Johansson cast her disapproval of Hollywood’s constant political attacks and said that they should stick to acting.
“I don’t think actors have obligations to have a public role in society,” said the actress during an interview with British magazine “The Gentlewoman.” “Some people want to, but the idea that you’re obligated to because you’re in the public eye is unfair. You didn’t choose to be a politician, you’re an actor,” she explained.
Johansson faced cancel culture head-on during 2017 when she was accused of “whitewashing” after she took a lead role in the movie “Ghost In The Shell,” a movie based on a classic Japanese anime. Later in 2018, the mob came full force after her when she took the role of a transgender man in the movie “Rub and Tug.”
“Your job is to reflect our experience to ourselves; your job is to be a mirror for an audience, to be able to have an empathetic experience through art. That is what your job is,” continued Johansson.
“Whatever my political views are, all that stuff, I feel most successful when people can sit in a theatre or at home and disappear into a story or a performance and see pieces of themselves, or are able to connect with themselves through this experience of watching this performance or story or interaction between actors or whatever it is,” added Johansson.
“And they’re affected by it and they’re thinking about it, and they feel something. You know,” continued Johansson. “They have an emotional reaction to it, good, bad, uncomfortable, validating, whatever. That’s my job. The other stuff is not my job.”