After debuting a brand new Ghost in the Shell commercial during the Super Bowl 2017, star of the flick Scarlett Johansson opens up about her controversial casting, which sparked tons of claims of white-washing.
“I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person,” the 32-year-old actress reveals in her cover story for Marie Claire‘s March issue, hitting newsstands on February 14th. “Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive. Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity. Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that- the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.”
On being the highest-grossing actress in Hollywood history: “Just because I’m the top-grossing actress of all time does not mean I’m the highest paid. I’ve had to fight for everything that I have. It’s such a fickle and political industry.”
On being reluctant to discuss the wage gap: “Some people felt I should talk about my personal struggle in order to shed a spotlight on the greater issue. Maybe I’m being presumptuous, but I assumed it was obvious that women in all positions struggle for equality. It’s always an uphill battle and fight. My experience with my close female friends and family is that the struggle is real for everybody. Everyone has been discriminated against or harassed-sexism is real.”
For more from Scarlett, visit MarieClaire.com!