If anyone has wondered what can make a battle hardened Marine act like a love-struck high-schooler, the answer is simple—a meet and greet with Scarlett Johansson.

The 23-year-old bombshell met with nearly 600 service members at Camp Buehring, Kuwait Jan. 20 during her five-day United Service Organizations (USO) tour to the Gulf region.

Hundreds of Marines and sailors from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit put on their best smiles as they waited anxiously to get a glimpse of the Hollywood actress.

“I’m a huge Scarlett fan,” said Lance Cpl. Nathan Long, a calibration technician with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166 (REIN), 11th MEU. “When I found out she was coming, I couldn’t believe it. All I thought about was that I needed to meet her.”

A hush fell over the crowd as Johansson, wearing a pink sweater, knee-high boots and cherry-red lipstick, entered the USO. Long’s wait to meet her would end soon.

Johansson wasted no time after she arrived at the packed USO and headed toward the assembled crowd to introduce herself and meet her peers.

“It’s important to give people a piece of home and to boost morale,” Johansson said about her visit. “Everybody out here is risking everything, giving us one of the biggest gifts they can. I want to be out here to support them.”

Johansson’s friendly demeanor and sincere interest in her fans quickly won them over.

“I didn’t know what to expect or what she was going to be like,” said Sgt. Brian Dryer, a pay agent with the 11th MEU command element. “She seemed truly interested and wanted to spend time getting to know you.”

The Lost in Translation star posed for photos and signed autographs for the eager troops. She signed everything from hats and magazines to unit patches and open hands. A few service members were lucky enough to get a kiss on the cheek.

“It’s nice to give them a smile in the middle of the day,” she said about her military fans. “If they are missing home, feeling down or worried, hopefully being here will get their minds off of things.”

Dryer, impressed with Johansson’s genuine personality said he will be on the lookout for her future projects, ‘since she was so cool.’

“She definitely made a fan out of me,” said the Grand Rapids Mich., native.

After every fan got their autographs and photos, Johansson donned her sunglasses and stepped outside. She was off to another camp to greet the next group of eager fans.

In a parting message to the military members, the actress said, “Stay safe. Everybody is thinking of you and waiting for you at home.”

Source: Marines.mil

  • Lilli
    Posted on January 21, 2008

    Thank you soo much for posting these photos. I’m BIG fan of her.

    I’m wondering Rikka – I was reading some rumours about Scarlett and Ryan getting engaged (it’s all over net). I hope it’s only some stupid rumour. I’m glad that this site isn’t posting this kind of “news”. Thank you for that!

  • Mycah
    Posted on January 21, 2008

    She looks very pretty here and what a great cause 😎

  • Riikka
    Posted on January 21, 2008

    Lilli – I’ve read the rumors but Scarlett’s rep has denied it. So I will not post anything here unless they were to make an official statement. :biggrin:

  • Meesh
    Posted on January 23, 2008

    Sorry for posting off-topic, but considering what happened yesterday, I just wanted to ask wheter HL.net will be back online with content any time soon? Since I read the name “Riikka” on the page I assumed it’s the Scarlett-fan.com-“Riikka”…

  • Riikka
    Posted on January 23, 2008

    Meesh – Yes, it is my domain. I will probably create a large tribute on him one day as Heath is my very favorite actor. I hope I will!

  • Meesh
    Posted on January 23, 2008

    Thank you! I really hope you will, too! Love your sites and Heath…

  • Nathan Long
    Posted on April 06, 2008

    I wish you put the picture of myself and Scarlett…. I am the marine who’s quote is all over the net and who’s picture with her will earn me bragging rights for the rest of my life. i even saw it in “STAR” magazine! i would love for someone to get me in touch with her some how so she can sign the picture for me! Thanks!

  • Riikka
    Posted on April 06, 2008

    Nathan, please feel free to send in the photo! I’d love to add it! 😎

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