- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hollywood actress and political activist Scarlett Johansson says monogamy is “not a natural thing.”

One of the entertainment industry’s biggest celebrities sat down with Playboy for its March/April issue to discuss everything from the 2016 U.S. presidential election to her upcoming role as “Major” in “Ghost in the Shell.” The interview eventually veered toward her thoughts on marriage, at which point she discussed ideas of the institution versus practical reality.

“Well, with every gain there’s a loss, right? So that’s a loss. You have to choose a path. I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing. I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person. I might be skewered for that, but I think it’s work. It’s a lot of work.”

The actress, who was previously married to actor Ryan Reynolds, recently separated from advertising executive Romain Dauriac after two years of marriage. The couple have a two-year-old daughter.

“I think marriage initially involves a lot of people who have nothing to do with your relationship, because it’s a legally binding contract, and that has a weight to it,” the celebrity added. “Being married is different than not being married, and anybody who tells you that it’s the same is lying.”

Ms. Johansson, an ardent supporter of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, also discussed her shock at the election results. She had told her daughter in the voting booth that Mrs. Clinton would be the 45th commander in chief.

“I was like, ‘Kid, we got a female president, which is pretty exciting. And it’s Hillary Clinton; that’s also cool, and we’re good.’ Then I got on a plane to Hong Kong, which is a 16-hour flight. I had two glasses of wine and passed out. I woke up 10 hours later, and the stewardess was like, ‘Excuse me, Miss, would you like to know the election results?’ I looked at her and said, ‘Well, I know it’s — OK, what? Give me the news. Let me have it. What is it? I think I know it’s Clinton.’ And she was like, ‘No, it’s actually [Donald] Trump.’ I thought, ‘This is a Twilight Zone episode.’ … This morning I was listening to NPR, and I have these moments when it still hits me, the weight of it.”

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