Scarlett Johansson recently told Seth Myers during an interview on Late Night that she decided to take self-defense classes after an uncomfortable interview with an interviewer whom she called a “misogynistic journalist.”
The Ghost in the Shell star explained that during the interview it had come up whether she could overpower her interviewer: “I actually started recently taking a self-defense class because I was giving an interview and the interviewers asked if I could beat him up in the interview.”
Scarlett goes on to say, “It was such a weird interview, and I was like, ‘Right now?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, could you beat me up?’ And I was like, ‘I want to but I don’t know if I can!’ And then on my walk home I was like, ‘I gotta do something about this.’ Just so I could kick the ass of some misogynistic journalist.”
In addition to consistently taking on characters who are serious butt-kickers (think Avengers‘ Black Widow and her title character in Lucy), it seems the 32-year-old actress felt she should be skilled in delivering those moves herself: “I should not just look like I know how to kick ass, I probably should know.”
Now let’s just hope she’ll never have to use her skills. ~Alexa Caruso
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