As Scarlett Johansson’s latest flick “Her” continues to gain Oscar-buzz, the blonde bombshell reveals there is one “person” that’s not a big fan.
During her interview with Parade magazine, the 29-year-old actress chats Siri’s distaste of Scarlett’s voice in the film and shares details about her upcoming wedding plans.
Highlights from Miss Johansson’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Parade!
“It’s great when people like the work that you do. The experience making this film was such a different challenge for me because I came in during the post-production process. The work that I did with Spike and Joaquin was such an intimate, heightened kind of experience. It was just a totally different way of working. I wasn’t a part of the months of prep and all that stuff, so I didn’t know what the film really looked like. When I saw it all put together, the fact that it was cohesive and quite poignant, I felt really moved by it, that the relationship works, and that people respond to it—that was a gift more than any rewards or praise. The fact that the audience is responding to the relationship, that they get it, that’s cool. It’s heart-lifting, it’s heart wrenching, it’s a real study of a full relationship that is life-changing and grows. I think everybody can kind of watch it and think, ‘oh, I’ve had that conversation, that’s the worst feeling’ or ‘that’s so embarrassing’ or ‘I loved that moment.’ But then when it’s with a computer, it’s a whole other added thing.”
On lending her voice for the film:
“More than anything, the difficult part was that I never thought about her being this operating system. And of course she feels different, she has a different sensibility, things have a different type of meaning to her. The depth of her relationship, how you can love somebody, or how that can exist is different for her. She says that to Theodore, she says to him, ‘I can love you this way and you might not be able to love me this way because we’re different.’ So it was hard to wrap your head around what that meant because it kind of transcends what you know. It has an otherworldly sentiment. The way that she thinks and how she evolves kind of transcends time and space and expands. And that was kind of hard to imagine, but of course the core of Samantha is her enthusiasm at that expansion and that enthusiasm for everything. She’s excited about herself, her ability, and that she’s separate. She’s her own being. Once she realizes these feelings are separate from feelings that are programmed, that she can have her own feelings, she discovers that independence, she’s unstoppable. So that’s what I mostly focused on. The ‘how can she see him? She doesn’t have eyes?’ That kind of stuff. People can go in a tailspin about that.”
On Siri’s jealousy towards Samantha:
“The other day Marcel [Pariseau, her rep] emailed me something ‘Siri doesn’t like Samantha’ or ‘Siri doesn’t like the movie’ or something, which is funny. I was like, ‘who programs it to be so topical?’ I thought about that. Did someone have to write that, how does that work? I don’t know. Do they have to come up with a strategy for how to answer that? Who’s the personality? I know the voice of the woman came out recently, but who’s the decision maker as to what kind of sass or whatever that Siri’s going to give you? I usually ask her things like, ‘do I look ok in this?’ She always responds, ‘you’re the fairest of them all,’ and I’m like, ‘I love you, Siri!’”
“Well it is a Super Bowl commercial, so it’s flashy and the product is fun. Of course it’s bubbly, so they wanted to kind of get that across. I’ve never done a Super Bowl commercial before and it’s a huge production. I think the idea is that it’s supposed to feel like a big, eye-catching moment. You want to make sure that people understand the environmental benefits, health benefits, lifestyle benefits in a 30 second spot. It’s a lot of information, plus the eye-catching part to capture.”
On her wedding:
“I’m busy planning ‘Avengers 2’ right now! That’s my main focus. I’ve never been a big planning kind of person. I’d never share it with anybody, but I think more than anything I feel really fortunate to have had this amazing year professionally. And I think when all that smoke settles I’ll be able to … I don’t feel like I need to rush that part of my life. I can let that happen organically. Right now it feels like a time to enjoy and be relaxed and that’s what works for us.”