What Scarlett Johansson Says About Single Parenting

Scarlett Johansson is one of today’s hottest stars. From feature films to the Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters, the actress has demonstrated her range spanning from drama to action roles.

Currently engaged to Saturday Night Live head writer Colin Jost, Johansson has a full plate between an upcoming wedding, current film projects, and being a single mom.

Scarlett Johansson | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

First marriage

This will not be the first wedding for Johansson. Her first marriage was to actor Ryan Reynolds, where the two tied the knot in 2008. The pair kept their nuptials, and much of their relationship, under wraps. “I would never ask somebody about their marriage if I didn’t know them,” Johansson said, according to E! Online. “So I try to keep some things for myself, to have a private life… You don’t go to work and talk about your marriage. Why should I?”

The actress later alluded to issues in the relationship, blaming time constraints due to their careers. “We have no time for dates,” Johansson explained. “We work and then go home and—I, anyway—just stare at the wall for a few hours before I go to sleep,” she said. “Like in any profession, it’s difficult.” The couple divorced in 2011.

In 2016, Johansson commented on the challenges of being in a relationship with a fellow actor whose career is on the rise. “The logistics of being with another actor are challenging. There has to be a real understanding of how you share your time, especially when two people’s careers are going at the same rate,” she told Cosmopolitan. “Or even if one person is more successful than the other, that also proves challenging. There may be a competitive thing.”

Second marriage to single mom

Johansson went on to wed French businessman Romain Dauriac in 2014, the same year they welcomed their daughter Rose. The union ended in divorce in 2017. The Marvel actress recently commented on the challenges of single parenting, one of them being loneliness.

“I’ve felt in the past – there’s such a loneliness to being a single parent,” she said, according to USA Today. “Obviously, it’s a lot of many different things at once, but there can be a loneliness and this constant feeling of doubt, that you don’t know what the hell you’re doing and you don’t have anyone else to bounce it off of.”

The Marvel actress remarked on the extreme solitude that comes along with being a single mom. “You’re also spending a lot of time alone with a child, without the company of another adult, which is hard for long periods of time,” Johansson shared. “You maybe have doubts about your life: How did I get here? It’s not all the time … but those moments creep in, and they creep in at weird times.”

Perfect timing

Ironically, Johansson got offered the role in her most recent film when she was going through her breakup with Dauriac. Meeting with Noah Baumbach, the writer and director of Marriage Story, to discuss taking on the part of Nicole, Johansson told Baumbach that she was going through a divorce. “‘You’ll either love this or hate this,’ I remember myself saying, or maybe just thinking,” Baumbach recalled of pitching her the role, as reported by USA Today. “The thing about Scarlett is her personal situation wasn’t a reason not to do it, it was a reason to do it.”

The story about Charlie and Nicole, a couple with a young son, Marriage Story follows the process of their marriage ending and the rigors of divorce. For obvious reasons, the role of Nicole resonated with Johansson, though she took on the part when she was in “a much more settled place,” she said. “I wasn’t in it, which was a better place to be professionally. I’d processed my feelings about it so I could use them instead of being in a cloud about the whole thing.”

Now with Oscar buzz swirling for Johansson and an upcoming wedding to Jost, the actress is clearly on the upswing both professionally and personally.