In recent interview, “Avengers: Endgame” star Scarlett Johansson said the Democratic Party is “broken in a lot of ways” and “damaged from these past several years.”
Speaking with Variety on Thursday, the actress said that she has to do a “little soul searching” before she decides upon who to vote for in 2020.
“Although now is certainly the time to back someone,” she told Variety, in comments highlighted by Fox News. “I think I have to do a little soul searching. I think the Democratic Party is broken in a lot of ways and just damaged from these past several years. For me, if there was one candidate that I felt we could all unite behind, certainly that would be the candidate that I would back.”
“They’re out there, certainly. I mean it’s been a strange few weeks,” she continued. “I think it was clear and then it became sort of unclear.”
When asked for her thoughts on former Vice President Joe Biden entering the race, Johansson simply said. “I don’t know.” As to whether or not allegations of past inappropriate touching will sink him, the actress also said, “I’m not sure.”
Variety also asked Johansson if she would consider her own political run one day. She effectively punted the question by emphasizing the importance of local politics. “I think the greatest way to effect change is in local politics,” she explained. “Maybe at some point in the distant future, I will feel that calling, but I just haven’t.”
Scarlett Johansson endorsed Barack Obama in the 2012 election and Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
“Hillary is the right candidate for right now,” Scarlett told Variety for their Power Of Women issue. “I think she’s got a lot of integrity. She’s got a lot of stamina. She’s a very clever politician, and that’s actually important to me. Maybe it’s because I have a daughter now.”
At the 2012 DNC, the actress extolled the importance of government-funded services like Medicaid and abortion-conglomerate Planned Parenthood. “We went to public schools and depended on programs for school transport and lunches, as did most of my friends,” she said of her childhood. “My girlfriends from high school to this day still depend on Planned Parenthood and often Medicaid for important health care services.”
Johansson saw her star power slightly slip in 2017 when both films in which she headlined – “Ghost in the Shell” and “Rough Night” – failed to attract audiences and critical acclaim. Leading up to the release of “Ghost in the Shell,” Johansson actually said that audiences who disagree with her politics should stay home rather than a buy a ticket.
“If fighting, you know, for women’s rights, for women’s reproductive rights, and you know, in support of Planned Parenthood, if that’s going to, you know, mean that some people don’t want to buy a ticket to see ‘Ghost in the Shell’, then … I’m OK with that,” she told “Good Morning America.”
“Ghost in the Shell” went on to reportedly lose $60 million. She later faced heavy criticism from the Left when she accepted a role to play a transgender man, which she eventually dropped after the intense backlash.