Actress Scarlett Johansson is engaged to Romain Dauriac:
[Dauriac is] a Frenchman who has been described in various media as either a journalist or the director of a creative agency. Whatever: It’s sure hard to find any story about him that doesn’t also involve Scarlett Johansson. The 28-year-old actress — who spent a couple years married to Ryan Reynolds — kept the tabloids on their feet most of this year by wearing one dazzling ring or another. All decoys, it seems, but the diamond Art Deco piece she’s wearing now was the real thing.
Johansson’s representative, Marcel Pariseau, confirmed the engagement today to the Associated Press. The couple have been seeing each other for about 10 months. Their relationship began after a difficult period for Johansson:
You probably don’t need to be told that the past year or so has been, at times, challenging for Johansson — a painful, public separation and divorce; a mind-bogglingly invasive computer-hacking attack against Johansson and other celebrities that resulted in criminal charges. It’s a stretch that would grind anyone down, but she has gamely pushed forward. . . .
Johansson describes this unsettled period as “a hard time . . . I was feeling very out of my own skin.” Then headlines appeared in December 2010: Johansson and Reynolds had split. The couple released a brief, civilized statement: “We entered our relationship with love and it’s with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”
The divorce was finalized in the summer of 2011. Johansson describes it as “comically amicable,” but the parting was far from painless. “It was horrible,” she says. “Of course it’s horrible. It was devastating. It really throws you. You think that your life is going to be one way, and then, for various reasons or whatever, it doesn’t work out.
“This was something I never thought I would be doing,” she continues. “And there’s no way to navigate it. Nobody can give you the right answer. It’s never anything you want to hear. It’s a very lonely thing. It’s like the loneliest thing you’ll ever do, in some way.”
As for the marriage, Johansson sounds almost wistful as she talks about the importance of time. “I’m not saying more time in the marriage, but just having more time with my ex and really clocking those hours of face time with the person you love, really live together and not having the pressure of two people that have these careers . . .” She has no regrets about getting married; she describes the experience with genuine affection. “It was a beautiful thing,” Johansson says. “The falling in love and getting married and making that commitment . . . I think it’s nice to know that you’re capable of loving somebody in that way. I think it’s a rare opportunity.”
Johansson’ career began when she was a child, as a profile in Marie Claire recounted earlier this year:
Johansson began acting in second grade, in an Off-Broadway play called Sophistry. Her breakout performance came at age 13, when she stole The Horse Whisperer from the A-list cast, three of them Oscar winners. For the past decade, she hasn’t been typecast as an ingenue or a sex symbol, yet that perception persists . . .
A major career transition for Johansson is under way. There’s her onstage work (she won the best actress Tony Award for her first Broadway role in 2010’s A View From the Bridge) and the Truman Capote debut novel, Summer Crossing, that she has adapted for the big screen and plans to direct next year. She doesn’t intend on forever playing Black Widow in comic-book blockbusters (Iron Man 2, The Avengers, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which began filming last month), but she would like to balance commercial roles with thought-provoking projects like Under the Skin, based on the Michel Faber novel in which her alien character delivers hitchhikers to a grisly fate. “In The Avengers, a lot of the characters are quite deep and flawed,” she says. “Not that it will make grown men cry.”
Woody Allen, who has directed several of Johansson’s films, described her to Marie Claire “God’s answer to Job.”