Scarlett Johansson, who stars as the kick-ass Black Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, opening April 4, hasn't officially announced her pregnancy ... but several outlets have reported that she's expecting a baby with French fiancé Romain Dauriac.
At the Captain America junket in Beverly Hills in March, Johansson touched on parenthood ... sort of ... and addressed questions about training (horrible!), the changing roles for Hollywood moms and who she'd like her kids—and her friends' kids—to dress up as for Halloween.
Natasha, aka The Black Widow, is such a strong female character. What do you think about her being a role model for girls?
I think Natasha is a bit of a reluctant superhero. She doesn’t necessarily have this really strong, golden moral compass. Let’s not forget, she started out her career as essentially a mercenary, but—so I don’t know if that makes role model material.
She’s extremely smart. She thinks on her feet. She’s a leader and she is—I think has a lot of foresight. Those are all qualities that I think it’s wonderful to celebrate for young women and, of course, it's really rad to have my kids ... my friends' kids ... kind of look up to that character and dress up like her on Halloween, play with the boys and be rough.
How did you prepare physically for the role?
Get up at 5 o'clock, go to the gym. You know, all that stuff that’s horrible, not glamorous at all, and train like a dude and then eat a bunch of lettuce and whatever. That’s how it goes. Nothing fancy.
Many actresses say that producers in the industry changed their view of them when they became moms. What do you think about that? Do you think that's something that could happen to you?
I don’t know. I’ve been in the industry for 20 years, and the way
that the roles that have become available to me changes as I grow older, as I
kind of transition through life. I’m
sure that will continue as I grow older and transition through life. You hope to
have a career that has longevity and reflects the experiences
that you’ve had, I guess. It’s what we
all hope for, men and women alike.