Yahoo – “There’s really no place to hide.” So says Scarlett Johansson, movie maven, Avengers heroine and millionaire Hollywood actress as she contemplates the Time’s Up revolution following the demise of Harvey Weinstein.
“It’s quite shocking to see the results of that. It’s all very new.”
Aged 33 and best known for her roles in “Lost in Translation,” “The Avengers” and three Woody Allen films, she has already been in the film industry more than two decades and reportedly commands equivalent pay with male co-stars.
She has also modeled and is known for her activism, advocating for Planned Parenthood, addressing the 2017 Women’s March and appearing at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, calling for Barack Obama’s re-election.
Johansson is also a mother and when not doing everything else, she’s singing about the aftermath of a failed relationship in her latest collaboration with singer-songwriter Pete Yorn. Their EP, “Apart,” came out on Friday.
“It’s been really impressive,” she says, smart casual in a pair of high-waisted pale denim jeans and cream pussy-bow blouse, cheek bones to die for, as she contemplates the repercussions of Weinstein’s fall from grace, the sexual harassment watershed of #MeToo and the creation of the Time’s Up movement.
“I’ve been in the film industry for such a long time that I’m like these conversations are really important and they’re revolutionary.”
Born and raised in New York, Johansson is one of those stars who can seemingly turn her hand at anything. A child actress who delivered critically acclaimed performances, her breakthrough role as an adult was in “Lost in Translation.”
She’s done Broadway. Now she’s box-office gold, starring in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, such as “Iron Man 2” and “The Avengers” franchise — a stand-alone project for her Black Widow character in the works.
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Then there are her Ivanka Trump parodies on “Saturday Night Live.”
To those who feel progress isn’t coming quickly enough, she counsels patience.
“It’s a long process and you have to keep your eye on the prize, and you have to be patient and progressive and persistent and you keep moving forward,” she tells AFP during a recent interview with Yorn to promote “Apart.”
“Certainly in the film industry, I think there’s conversations that are being had today about projects and the importance of diversity,” she says. “Ten years ago, nobody was talking about this stuff.”
“Every once in a while you’d hear someone say, ‘oh we should bring a female voice onto this project’ and you were like, ‘what the hell does that mean?’
“That was may be somebody’s idea to bring a woman into the writer’s room, or whatever. But now the doors are blown wide open,” she adds.
The EP is five indie tracks focused on the aftermath of a failed relationship — “where all the juicy stuff is,” in the words of Yorn. It comes out on Capitol Records a decade after their first album, “Break Up,” in 2009.
“In ‘Iguana Bird,’ the chorus is ‘la-la-la-love-you’ and I remember thinking ‘oh wow, Scarlett would sound so pretty on that’ and she came in and she did, so that was like a dream come true,” he says.
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The EP was recorded in downtown Los Angeles, with Johansson laying down her vocals in one afternoon, squeezed around her crazy schedule.
“Scarlett has an amazing work ethic,” says Yorn. “She’s just super pro.” Johansson says music is just another way to express herself.
If Yorn obsessed as a New Jersey teenager over bands such as The Smiths, REM and Joy Division, Johansson, growing up in New York, was exposed to more jazz.
“It’s all coming from mostly here,” she says, pointing to her gut. “Sometimes here,” she gestures to the heart. “Mostly here,” she smiles, back to the gut.
Johansson has, so far at least, not joined the list of actors to distance themselves from Allen over accusations — unproven — that he molested his adopted daughter Dylan when she was seven, a quarter of a century ago.
But if that fanned a degree of criticism, she has publicly supported Georgina Chapman, the estranged wife of Weinstein whose husband’s transgressions, some had assumed, might spell the end of her Marchesa fashion label.
“To me, it seems inhumane to hold someone accountable for their partner’s actions,” explains Johansson. “It feels extremely, deeply wrong.”
To that end, she stepped out last month in a crimson Marchesa gown at the Met Gala, the New York’s party of the year. “I just really wanted something that was beautiful and my idea of heavenly and romantic.”
Pete Yorn, left, and Scarlett Johansson have launched their new extended play record “Apart”
Johansson dressed in a Marchesa gown for the 2018 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
Scarlett and Pete’s new EP “Apart” was officially released yesterday on all streaming sites and a physical CD and in the lead up to the release date they both did a press junket on May 22, 2018 in New York City with a photoshoot, video interviews and regular online interviews, and the first online video has hit the web from Amazon Music as well as three photos of the pair that you can view in the gallery. As more come’s online I will add it into the site.
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Movie star Scarlett Johansson has taken a break from acting to sing duets with the well-connected musician Pete Yorn
The Times “People kept sending us texts asking if we were making up yet,” says Scarlett Johansson, smiling and leaning slightly across the enormous advertising billboard dividing her and musical partner Pete Yorn’s director’s chairs. “I got lucky,” says Yorn with a shrug, as if scheduling a recording project with one of the world’s biggest film stars is just a matter of syncing calendars. “She happened to be available.”
The subject of those text inquiries was Break Up, Johansson and Yorn’s 2009 album of Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot-inspired duets, which took the collapse of a relationship as its theme and is the project they return to this month with an EP called Apart. It’s also the reason the three of us are in the penthouse suite of a Manhattan hotel, surrounded by a small army of — in descending terms of hierarchy — executives, management, make-up artists, cameramen and terrified-looking PR assistants.
Johansson, of course, looks as if she was born to be there, heavily made up for camera, smiling and professional in white blouse and jeans. Yorn looks exactly the successful mid-career singer-songwriter he is, and slightly less at ease with the media circus. Even back in the music industry’s big-money days, this wouldn’t be the typical environment to discuss an EP launch, even one with a poppy lead track such as Bad Dreams, which would seem destined for a decent amount of radio play even without the hook of its supernova co-star.
Lyrically, Bad Dreams tells the story of a post-relationship malaise in which two separated individuals nonetheless find it hard to escape each other’s lives. “Pessimistic as it seems, sleep will never come that easy,” they trill to each other on the catchy chorus. “We will always have bad dreams.”
“Any time you have a creative relationship with a director or writer, you are immediately detailing the failures of your relationships, your expectations, disappointments and regrets,” muses Johansson, “and all this really personal, raw stuff comes out. You all hope there’ll be something you can take out of this pool of experience.”
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EW Nine years after Break Up united them as an unlikely musical duo, singer-songwriter Pete Yorn and Avengers: Infinity War actress Scarlett Johansson are back together again with Apart. The dreamy alt-pop on the new EP demonstrates that the creative kinship between the troubadour and the movie star is much closer than you might expect. We spoke with the two about their new project (their first in nine years), Musicforthemorningafter, and Black Widow.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why did it take almost a decade apart for you two to make another record?
Johansson: There was no outside pressure. It just kind of happened in a natural way. I had been sort of sewing the seeds in the hopes that he would want to make up with me [after Break Up], but then that never happened. We’re still fighting [Laughs]. I think that’s just the place that Pete likes to live.
Yorn: We would joke that this would be the make-up record, but we didn’t quite get there yet. Now we barely know each other. We’re living completely separate lives.
What was the biggest difference between making the first record and the new one?
Johansson: In a decade of time, so much has happened. We’re coming in out of relationships, we’re both parents now, we’ve grown as artists. It feels like a step we probably couldn’t have taken 10 years ago because we didn’t have the perspective that we have now.
Yorn: I think it’s cool to come back to something after a bunch of time has passed. Obviously, Scar went off and did a lot of other projects and had so much life experience, and I went off and made some other records. Over the years sometimes I’d write a song and I’d think, “Oh, that would be so fun to sing with Scarlett,” and I’d keep those aside. The first time I just kind of launched [the idea to collaborate] on her out of left field as a total surprise, and I sort of did that again this time.
Scarlett, you also released a solo album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, in 2008. What is the itch that this collaboration is scratching for you?
Johansson: I really just love to sing with Pete. I’m a huge fan of his music. I’ve known Pete since I was probably like 15, 16 years old. When you have that much history with somebody, you have a certain kind of shorthand with them. There’s a kind of seamless familiarity between us. Whether I’m working with a writer-director or another actor or, in this case, a singer-songwriter, the idea of continuing to collaborate with the same people on different material in different stages of our lives is really interesting to me. Having that sort of shared creative experience with someone, it’s a pleasure for me.
Yorn: Scarlett is one of the more professional non-professional musicians I’ve ever met. She comes in the studio and she just nails it. She’s one of the quickest studies. She’ll learn a song so fast and make it her own.
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Forbes It is a great treat to talk to Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn together. What’s so refreshing about it is in this age of too many forced music partnerships and features for commercial sales sake, the two of them genuinely like each other, as evidenced by the way they talk to each other, share inside jokes, laugh often and reminisce as real friends do.
Their reasoning for reuniting to work together on the superb new EP, Apart, nine years after they teamed for their collaborative album, Break Up, is simple and pure. They missed working together. That comes across in both the music, which ranges from the fun of the opening track “Iguana Bird” to the more ethereal “Movies,” and especially the conversation.
In this joyful and engaging chat between the two close friends and musical partners they discuss parenthood, pizza, time flying by and Disney.
Steve Baltin: It’s been nine years since you did an album together. So much has changed for you both in that time. Talk about the different things you both brought to collaborating this time.
Scarlett Johansson: We’re parents now, which is I think the biggest life change that can happen for anyone. It gives you a different perspective on the passing of time. The two of us just hanging out and talking, coming from a place that’s of the life experiences we have, I think you can hopefully hear it in the sound. And it feels like, in some ways, picking up where you left off. But then there’s also a sense of there’s been a passing of time and some progression and that sort of sticky nostalgic place you can sometimes regress back into later in your life.
Pete Yorn: The whole reason we got back together, from my end, was I just missed singing with Scarlett. It felt like too much time had gone by and I felt super nostalgic for those 2006, 2007 days. And I needed to do it again and I was so happy she was game. She was definitely a baby when we did the last one and I was a little bit older than a baby. But it was quite some time ago. We both have daughters now and it changes your perspective. It’s funny though, people always ask me, “How has it changed the way you approach music or your songs?” And I always thought, “Would I write my, ‘I believe the children are the future?’” And I still write kind of moody songs, so it hasn’t really changed my writing too much.
Baltin: You may never write “The Greatest Love Of All,” but often times there are subtle things that you pick up on later. So maybe it’s influenced your writing and certainly your lifestyle in ways that aren’t overt.
Yorn: On a practical level, just having a little one makes my time more focused on different things. I’m so hands on with my little girl, I wonder before my kid what the hell did I do with all my time. I think that manifested in picking up my guitar here and there, banging out a song, and now I gotta be much more structured about it if I want to get stuff done. Scarlett can speak for her experience there, but she is even more busy than I am.
Johansson: Personally speaking, your creative time becomes more valuable. I find responsibility of having a child and balancing life as a working mother a welcome challenge. I think it somehow pares away a lot of the noise and it’s sharpened my artistic focus. So I work on projects that are meaningful to me and I feel very dedicated to having a satisfying experience and seeking out the interesting, often times ugly, unturned stones. I like to dig that stuff up because my work time is valuable. If I’m going to not be spending time focusing on being completely hands on with my daughter, which I am, then I want to make sure what I’m doing is really meaningful to me. And this project is definitely a reflection of that. It was a chance to return to something, revisit something with a new perspective. And I think that’s an unusual opportunity to do something like that. Also having a partner you’ve known for almost 15 years, it’s a rare thing.
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The full video for Scarlett and Pete’s new song Bad Dreams has now hit youtube. It’s a nice looking video and as much as i hate to say I do not like Scarlett’s other music much at all I do like this song a lot, it much upbeat then most of her others so it has me curious for the others on this EP. You can watch the video below and caps are up in the gallery.
– Singing > “Apart” By Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson > ‘Bad Dreams’ Music Video
Very excited that Scarlett and I got to collaborate on new music again. Our single “Bad Dreams” is out now! Watch the video first on @AppleMusic.
Watch “Bad Dreams” video: https://t.co/Dmm4qRYEFf
Get “Bad Dreams”: https://t.co/JupR7y3oZv pic.twitter.com/m8YF4Fv1Y8
— Pete Yorn (@peteyorn) April 20, 2018
Scarlett and her long time friend singer-songwriter Pete Yorn have reunited again for a brand new EP called Apart that will consist of 4 new songs Iguana Bird, Bad Dreams, Movies, Cigarrillo and one remix Tomorrow (Remix). The first single Bad Dreams hit Apple Music and Spotify today with the music video only being on Apple Music at this time but should be released other places like Youtube soon I would think. The full EP will be available on June 1st and no news on how Scarlett and Pete will be promoting the single/EP at this time. You can watch the “Bad Dreams” video Here on Apple music or you can buy it for £1.89 there as well if you don’t have Apple Music. And you can Listen to “Bad Dreams”/ Pre-Order the EP Apart Here on Itunes.