Scarlett Johansson Hates When Celebs Make ‘Grandiose Statements About Parenthood’

04/14/2015 at 09:00 AM ET

Scarlett Johansson isn’t one to gloss over the truth.

In an interview with the Australian Daily Telegraph, the Avengers: Age of Ultron star admits that she is “such a newbie” at parenting Rose Dorothy, her daughter with husband Romain Dauriac.

“I always really hate it when actors or people in the spotlight make giant grandiose statements about parenthood because it’s so, so personal,” she says. “I don’t profess to know anything more about parenting than anybody else.”

Johansson, 30, also talks about how her priorities have shifted since Rose was born in September.

“Before, I just made the choices that were affecting me, but now I’m responsible for somebody else,” she says. “Eventually, I will have to work less, and it might even make me more discerning.”

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She continues, “I think having any kind of huge life-changing event happen to you, such as having children … is very, very inspiring. I think it will hopefully enrich my work, as well as my understanding of myself.”

The actress, who plays Black Widow in the Avengers series, says that the main thing she’d like to pass on to her daughter from her own mother is a sense of unconditional support of both Johansson and her twin brother.

“She was very, very encouraging of our separate interests growing up. She just made us feel that you could do whatever you wanted to do, as long as you really wanted to do it, and that’s why I got into acting,” Johansson says.

Johansson and Dauriac were secretly wed in October and have since been spotted taking well-deserved parents’ nights out.

— Andrea Park 

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sue on

Very well said.

Chris on

I too hate it when celebs profess to know it all and show that they can do it all with such ease and be successful. Gisele to name one! Agh…
Many mothers don’t have the nannies, cooks or long resources to pull from when parenting but know probably a lot more than some of the celebs on how to be a good parent.

Pam on

Geez for once a true Hollywood starlet doesn’t consider herself a goddess, above all the rest know it all about life, diet and parenting.

lauren on

I hate it when people try to tell other people how to feel and/or express themselves about parenthood.

Leah on

Love her. She picks great roles and is a class act. I also appreciate her stance on parenting. a big bank account or a star on Hollywood Blvd doesn’t make someone an expert parent!

Stephanie on

This outfit looks way too old for her.

KiKi on

I like her so much more now that she is a mother. It seems motherhood has made her more relatable! Ha, take that Blake! (just kidding)

Janine on

Parenting is an on-going, day-to-day learning experience. Anyone who makes grandiose statements about parenting, celebrity of not – is full of it.

Sara K on

She’s right about that. Parenting IS very personal, subjective and individual. While there are obviously tons of things we all share, generalized (or, as she calls them, grandiose) statements are pretty annoying.

Now, why does her baby girl have the most granny-ish name I have ever heard? LOL. I’ll bet she is gorgeous, though.

LOL on

Off topic: with this haircut she looks so much like Chris Hemsworth’s (Thor) wife, Elsa Pataky.

Jacklyn.Denise on

Clearly she doesn’t care about kids. She’s taking millions to promote the Israeli settler businesses which according to Human Rights Watch not only use child labor, in violation of local law, but which also abuse those children.

MeMe on

Oh my gosh @LOL, I was about to write the EXACT same thing. They could be twins.

Steph on

wow put other women down. Her statement is giving parenting advice. She’s so overrated.