According to the actress, the statement was taken out of context.
Scarlett Johansson told Variety that in a recent interview for As If magazine she spoke about the confrontation between political correctness and art. She also explained that, in fact, the commentary was not related to her, but to all the actors.
Personally, it seems to me that in an ideal world, any actor can play anyone, and art, in all its forms, must be protected from political correctness. That is what I said, although I did not come across this.
Johansson full comment for As If
The actress noted that not all actors get the same opportunities as white cisgender colleagues. Johansson said she recognizes the injustice in the industry, supports diversity, and will continue to fight for projects in which “everyone is involved.”
On July 14, the media published an excerpt from an interview by As If, in which Johansson stated that as an actress she should be able to play anyone, including an animal or a tree. The actress also noted that art should be free from restrictions.
In social networks, Johansson was criticized, recalling that in 2018 she had abandoned the role of transgender in the picture of Rub & Tug. Then the actress explained that, on the part of the producers, her appointment was “insensible.”
In 2016, Johansson faced criticism after stating the role of the main character in the film version of the ghost in armor manga. In social networks they decided that it was necessary to take an actress from Japan for this role.