By Hilary Weaver. Photos: Getty Images.
In an Saturday Night Live sketch last month, Scarlett Johansson stepped into First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s shoes in a faux perfume ad for a scent called “Complicit.” The sketch, which alluded to the First Daughter's inaction in her father’s administration, had the tagline: “She’s a woman who knows what she wants. And knows what she’s doing.” In a conversation with Arianna Huffington at Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York City Thursday, Johansson said she was disappointed by Trump—particularly by the interview she gave Wednesday with CBS’s Gayle King.
“You can’t have it both ways, right?” Johansson began. “If you take a job as a public advocate, then you must advocate publicly. Yesterday, she said something, which I thought was particularly disappointing, which is that she felt that the greatest change that she would make would actually be happening behind closed doors. We wouldn't actually know that she was making these changes.”
Johansson was not impressed: “I thought, ‘Well, that’s empowering.’ How old-fashioned—this idea that behind every great man is a great woman. How about being in front of that person or next to that person?”
The actress was one of many who enthusiastically joined the resistance following the election. At the Women’s March on Washington in January, she spoke out on key issues, namely women’s reproductive rights, that are threatened in this political environment.
“I think that powerful women often are concerned that they are going to be seen in this unforgiving light,” she said at Lincoln Center Thursday. “You know, screw that. It’s just so old-fashioned, and it’s so uninspired and actually, I think really cowardly. I was just so uninspired by the interview she gave yesterday.”
Johansson went on to say that she had met Ivanka several times in the past, having grown up in New York and sharing mutual friends with the First Daughter. She remembers Ivanka as a “well-spoken and intelligent woman” and said she understands the challenge that must come with being the daughter of someone in the president’s position. Yet through this challenge, Johansson said, Ivanka has an opportunity to make great change.
“She has an opportunity to really make a big impact just by being vocal,” she said.
This story originally appeared on Vanity Fair.
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