In an interview for her latest movie, The Ghost in the Shell, Scarlett Johansson revealed that she's taking self-defense classes after a journalist asked if she could beat him up during an interview.
While on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday, Johansson joked with the host about how her character, a special-ops cyborg, kicked a lot of ass in the live-action adaptation of the popular manga series (her casting brought early backlash for "whitewashing" as the character is a Japanese woman). "Yea, I do a lot of movement…kicking—and there are some asses also," she said.
She recently added her on-screen action moves into her real life after the aforementioned (unidentified) interviewer posed the question. "It was such a weird interview, and I was like, ‘Right now?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, could you beat me up?’ And I was like, ‘I want to, but I don’t know if I can!’ And then on my walk home I was like, ‘I gotta do something about this.’ Just so I could kick the ass of some misogynistic journalist," she said.
Watch the clip here, where Johansson tells Meyers about the training she’s done for previous roles, her current kicking game, and more.
Perhaps the sentiment we love the most, though, is the one Johansson says is the reason for all of her training. “I made a promise to myself that I should not just look like I know how to kick ass, but I probably should be able to,” she told Meyers. So ScarJo, we’ll be looking forward to seeing you kick some ass real soon.
This story originally appeared on Self.
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