“There’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole. … I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage,” the actress told Cosmo. “I think every woman has [been underpaid], but unless I’m addressing it as a larger problem, for me to talk about my own personal experience with it feels a little obnoxious. It’s part of a larger conversation about feminism in general.”
Last November, Variety reported that Johansson, who’s starred as Black Widow in four Marvel film adaptations, earned nearly the same compensation from “The Avenger” series as her male co-stars Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.
The actress also offered her opinion on Planned Parenthood budget cuts during the interview.
“There are countries at war, there’s terrorism, global warming, and we’re like, ‘We should definitely cut the budget for Planned Parenthood. Let’s take away the availability of women’s health initiatives!’ … It’s nuts,” said Johansson, who discussed using the organization’s services herself as a young woman. “We’re moving backward when we’re supposed to be moving forward.”
Johansson will reprise her role as Black Widow for “Captain America: Civil War,” which hits theaters May 6.