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Scarlett Johansson May Run for Political Office in Future

by HILARY WEAVER
On Good Morning America, the actress hinted that she might be interested in running one day.

At the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, Scarlett Johansson joined the crowd of activists to lend her voice of resistance to the Trump administration and its policies. “I feel that in the face of this current political climate, it is critical that we all make it our mission to get really, really personal,” she said. In an interview on Tuesday with Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan, Johansson said her political involvement might also mean a run for local office one day.

Johansson, who spoke on behalf of Planned Parenthood at the march, is extremely passionate about advocating for the rights women stand to lose in the current climate. But, she told Strahan, now might not be the right time for her to get her name on the ballot.

“I’ve always been interested in local politics,” she said. “I think with my young daughter and also [the way] my career’s going right now, it’s not the right time.” She continued, “Eventually, maybe when my daughter is older and I could totally focus myself on something like that, I think it could be interesting.”

In the meantime, Johansson said that she will not hold back on speaking out about the causes she supports. She understands that some of her fans might not be behind her politics.

“I’m not afraid to say what I feel is right just because I’m gonna face criticism or some people might not like me. If fighting for women’s rights—if that’s gonna mean that some people don’t want to buy a ticket to see Ghost in a Shell, then I’m O.K. with that.”

Johansson’s daughter, Rose, who was born in 2014, will likely take up most of her mother’s time when she’s not on a film set. But Strahan suggested that Rose could be a help in her mother’s political training.

“Having a kid is like negotiating quite a bit, so you’ll have a lot of practice with your daughter,” he said.

Johansson agreed. “Already I do. I’m like, ‘Do you want this one or this one? These are your only choices.’ ” That tactic doesn’t sound far off from what it’s like to work in D.C. today.

This article was originally published in Vanity Fair

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