Scarlett Johansson: My Daughter Looks ‘Completely Different’ Than I Imagined

02/09/2015 at 01:00 PM ET

Before she became a mother, Scarlett Johansson imagined that magical moment when she would meet her daughter.

Fast-forward to when Rose Dorothy was born, and that baby in the actress’s dream was nowhere to be found.

“When she came out of me, I was so surprised,” Johansson, 30, says in the March issue of W magazine.

“I had a very strong picture in my mind of what my baby would look like. And, of course, she is completely different.”

The first-time mama adds, “Perfect, but not what I’d imagined.”

Scarlett Johansson W magazine
Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for W Magazine

But the tide has since turned: These days, Johansson has trouble envisioning any other baby girl than her 5-month-old daughter. “Now, of course, I can’t picture her any other way,” she says.

Life hasn’t slowed down since Johansson welcomed her first child with husband Romain Dauriac. And although she has seen incredible success on the big screen, there’s one movie role that remains on her bucket list.

“When I was young, I would talk and everyone thought I had a cold. But when I went out for films, they loved my voice,” the Avengers: Age of Ultron star says of her deep tone.

“I actually visited Pixar, hoping that they would use me for a cartoon. They didn’t. I was ripe for the picking! What happened?”

She jokes, “Now they have to give me a cartoon! I just called them out.”

Scarlett Johansson W magazine
Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for W Magazine

— Anya Leon

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Delilah on

She’s such a witch. Hopefully her daughter lives up to her standards one day.

FelicityJune on

That’s not an insult at all. My daughter was incredibly ugly when she popped out..there I said it. Then she blossomed into a beautiful butterfly with violet eyes and black hair. She still is beautiful, but I am the first one to admit that she looked like a horrible monkey, when she was born. That’s not an insult, it’s love!!!

unfaithfulwife77 on

Funny how the previous posters took her comments to mean something negative and I understood them in a completely different way. I took from it that the baby exceeded all expectations. She does call her “Perfect” or did you miss that, you negative Nancies!?

Ivixen on

Jeff – what’s an insult?

jlduke55 on

I understand what she means, I spent 9 months dreaming of what my daughter would look like, and of course she came out looking completely different, but seeing her for the first time is by far the most amazing experience of my life, such a wonderful surprise!

proudmomof2 on

I understand what she means, too. I also had a vision of what my first child would look like and was thrown for a moment because he looked exactly like my elderly father in law! Even my husband reacted. Not in a bad way, we just didn’t expect him to be a near duplicate of my husband’s deceased father (which added a bit to the shock, followed by immediate delight since he was and is dearly missed). My second child came out exactly as I thought she’d look. I love them both equally and unconditionally and I too, could never imagine them looking any differently than they do.

ES on

I love Scarlett. Normally a blond Hollywood star is not my cup of tea. But this girl has brains too. Love her.

Genevieve on

It’s not an insult. I always pictured that I’d have a redhaired, hazel eyed daughter like myself. I was shocked to get a blue-eyed blonde baby girl. She’s absolutely beautiful, I had just never pictured a daughter like that.

Anna on

I completely understand what she is saying….you have months to imagine your baby girl or boy and you do develop an image in your head. Almost like your picking pieces of yourself and your partner and then this little bundle arrives and they sometimes aren’t what you expect. It isn’t a bad thing or an insult in any way…they are just simply different and their own little person and it is amazing and they are perfect.

Juli on

How is that insulting in any way? When I was pregnant with my twins, I spent the whole nine months dreaming and trying to picture how my boys would look like once they were born, and when I reached the last weeks before my due date I was crazy with curiosity. I just wanted to see their little faces. And yes, they were way different from my dreams. I envisioned a perfect mix of me and my husband, and they came out looking like him all the way. There was nothing of me on those kids lol

Jac on

I don’t find it insulting in any way! With my first daughter I would dream about the same baby girl even before I knew my baby was a girl! When I saw her for the first time I was shocked. She didn’t look anything like that baby I had been dreaming about. Does that mean she wasn’t up to par?!?!?!? Absolutely not. She was and still is PERFECT.

joanna on

Really are you so self absorbed that it took you a while to warm up to your own baby? Are you going to be another mother that refers to her child as a lump like Angie did? Wow each child is a gift given, regardless of how they look, pathetic honestly pathetic.

Jac on

Oh Joanna, you’re just grasping! You appear to be the one that is acting pathetic.

Hea on

How is that an insult?

steph on

I took her comments for their literal meaning. My husband and I both have brown hair and brown eyes, which is how I envisioned our first born as well. I was surprised and delighted when she was born with blonde hair and blue eyes. She also looked ‘different than I imagined’ but was, and still is, beautiful.

RTftE1219 on

“Perfect, but not what I’d imagined.” How are people seeing this as an insult??

nikki on

natural purple eyes so pretty felicity june

nikki on

thats natural less often then hazel

R. Mellor on

My god Scarlett, just tell us the REAL FATHER of the baby and get over it, since you made his wife divorce and wrecked their family. Your kid is a pure blondie, just like his daddy Mr. J.R, unlike your eastern husband. And please people, don’t be blinded!

Amber on

I was very curious with both of my babies about how they would look. My oldest daughter came out looking exactly like her daddy when he was a baby. It took me by surprise because I was shocked just how much she looked like him. Now that she’s older, I think she’s a perfect mix of the two of us but most people say she looks like me. The three of us have dark hair and dark eyes. When I had her sister, she looked almost identical to my oldest when she was born, with a few slight differences, but now that she’s a toddler, she has blonde hair and blue eyes and looks like a mix between my husband and my mother. Just goes to show that genetics can be weird! As a first time mom, you really can’t assume what your baby is going to look like.

Shawna on

I know what she means, and it’s not insulting. I had a boy and a girl and I thought I had an idea of what kind of kid we made together. When my third child, second girl, was born the first thing I said when they put her in my arms was, “She doesn’t look anything like Olivia!” It wasn’t that I didn’t think she was beautiful and wonderful, just like her sister, it was just a surprise to see what a different look they had from each other. The girls are 12 and 9 now – the older one has brown wavy hair, brown eyes, and an olive skin tone (their father is Greek). The little one is blond, with blue eyes and really pale skin. People still don’t believe they are sisters – but they are both beautiful and I love them both the same!

Renee on

I had the same experience.
My husband and I are both hazel eyed brunettes and we managed a blonde, blue eyed daughter who looks like my mother in law!

Page on

Love the name Rose. Happy for her.

Kim on

I think Scarjo is being absolutely honest! I speculated for nine months about what my son might look like. I have olive skin, brown hair and eyes and my husband has pale skin,green eyes and blonde hair. I thought my son would be a combination of both of us but he came out looking just like my husband except for his eye color, go figure!

josy0710 on

That is not an insult. My daughter looks nothing like I imagined. Not a bad thing. She just somehow managed to come out with extremely curly hair and green eyes. My husband and I neither have those features so we always get asked where she got those from and …we don’t know! lol