Scarlett Johansson feels being monogamous is unnatural.
The Avengers actress, who reportedly split from her husband Romain Dauriac after two years of marriage last summer, has shared her thoughts on marriage in the new issue of Playboy.
Scarlett, who shares daughter Rose Dorothy with Dauriac, appears to have given the interview before her split as she talks affectionately about her hubby and the sacrifices that they made to be together.
“Well, with every gain there’s a loss, right? So that’s a loss. You have to choose a path. I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing,” the actress said in the March/April issue.
“I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person. I might be skewered for that, but I think it’s work. It’s a lot of work.”
Scarlett, 32, also added: “And the fact that it is such work for so many people—for everyone—the fact of that proves that it is not a natural thing.
“It’s something I have a lot of respect for and have participated in, but I think it definitely goes against some instinct to look beyond.”
The actress, who was previously married to Ryan Reynolds, said that marriage changes relationships.
“I think marriage initially involves a lot of people who have nothing to do with your relationship, because it’s a legally binding contract, and that has a weight to it. Being married is different than not being married, and anybody who tells you that it’s the same is lying. It changes things. I have friends who were together for 10 years and then decided to get married, and I’ll ask them on their wedding day or right after if it’s different, and it always is. It is,” she also added that it was a “beautiful responsibility”.
Scarlett and her husband married after having their daughter together in 2014, she said that it changed their relationship.
“I had a really young baby at the time, so that also—our family dynamic was just different. I don’t know. Whatever that is, the thing you can’t fully put words to, it changed,” Scarlett explained.
Revealing how it was different from her marriage to Deadpool star Reynolds, who is now married with two children to Blake Lively, continued: “I had a baby, and also my husband was coming from another country and becoming a citizen of this country.
“It was a huge transition for both of us, and certainly for him—moving here, committing to the States. But I think my husband has embraced America, and New York in particular, in this really endearing way…”
The Ghost In A Shell actress, who claims that she didn’t date anyone while growing up, might profess she doesn’t know much about love says it’s different again when it comes to being a parent.
“Just the process of being pregnant and giving birth was incredibly profound,” she said.
“Also surrendering to the fact that with babies, and particularly infants and toddlers, you have to let go of your expectations and of whatever instincts you have to take control of the situation. Of course, being a mother, you have to make decisions all the time that affect this person who is completely dependent on you, but you also have to surrender to the experience, and that in itself is really liberating. For me, it’s the best thing that has ever happened. Ever.”
The blonde actress added: “Somebody once described it to me as your heart growing this other chamber, and I think that’s really profoundly true. Your capacity to love something, at least in my experience, deepens to a whole other space. I think I was afraid that life would change, and it does; it dramatically changes. But I feel in a lot of ways more myself now than I did before.”