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Scarlett Johansson on He's Just Not That Into You

Published February 3, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of New Line Cinema
Scarlett Johansson has played the other woman in several films now. She seduces an engaged man in Match Point and enters a threesome in Vicki Cristina Barcelona. In He's Just Not That Into You, she blames her affair with a character played by Bradley Cooper on him.

Scarlett Johansson Discusses He's Just Not That Into You

"Through Bradley’s character’s fault of not being able to man up and really because of his character’s weaknesses, what could have been something ends up just being [an affair]," she said. "I think that she sees that he’s not willing, or that he’s not just able to be truthful and commit. She sees that weakness, and then it all falls apart."

The two characters meet in a supermarket checkout line and he tries to resist his attraction at first. However, he ultimately goes for the blonde despite being married to Jennifer Connelly.

"I think even though there was somebody that was being hurt in the process, I think that the two characters really like each other. They connect, and so you can’t really hate them because it’s not like they’re being vindictive. She’s not looking to steal married men. He’s not looking to have and affair. They both go into it knowing that there’s a third person in the relationship, but they really feel like maybe this is the point in their life."

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The situation gets exacerbated by a well-meaning friend who suggests that some affairs end up being true love. "Even Drew’s character saying that sometimes these things happen and you don’t want to miss the boat. Who knows? This could be the person that you have children with, and get married to, and spend the rest of your life with. I think that these two characters feel that way about each other. They make such a connection. You can’t hate them, I think, because they don’t go into with malice. They don’t go into their relationship with a kind of purpose to hurt somebody. So is life, I guess, that these things happen. Don’t they?"

When it comes to real life relationships, the newly married Johansson keeps things to herself. "You don’t want to see the man behind the curtain. Our process is a very introspective one, and it’s strange to share that with the general public, just as you probably wouldn’t want to tell us all about your therapy sessions. In a way, acting is a very cathartic experience. You’re imparting your personal experience into the characters you play. I’ve never quite been able to grasp the concept of giving away all of your secrets in a way and wanting to describe your method and your process. It’s one thing if you’re a part of the Actor’s Studio, and you’re working with a bunch of other actors, and you’re discussing these types of things. But guaranteed, no other actor is going to ask you what you’re working from, what you’re drawing from. I think it makes no sense to me as to why we would want to share that with anybody else, certainly."

He's Just Not That Into You opens to theaters on February 6th.

For the trailers, poster, stills and more movie info, go to the He's Just Not That Into You Movie Page.

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