Scarlett Johansson Talks Ivanka Trump, Says She Was ‘So Disappointed’ With First Daughter’s CBS Interview

Scarlett Johansson famously played Ivanka Trump in a recent “SNL” spoof commercial for a new fragrance called “Complicit”, and the “Ghost in the Shell” actress didn’t hold back when discussing the First Daughter during  Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit in New York City on Thursday.

During a Q&A with Arianna Huffington, Johansson talked about her growing frustration with Ivanka Trump, who spoke with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” earlier in the week and declared she would be “advocating for the economic empowerment of women,” but that her efforts will remain largely unseen by the general public. “I think most of the impact I have over time most people will not actually know about,” Trump told King.

This comment in particular rubbed Johansson the wrong way. “If you take a job as a public advocate, then you must advocate publicly,” she said. “You can’t have it both ways.”
 As Johansson sees it, Trump is squandering her position as a close confidante to her father by not positioning herself as a stronger advocate for women’s rights.

“It’s such an old-fashioned concept,” Johansson said. “Powerful women often get concerned with this idea that they’re going to be seen in this unforgiving light. Screw that. It’s so old-fashioned… it’s so uninspired and actually really cowardly. And I was so disappointed by that interview she gave yesterday.”

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In fact, Trump wouldn’t have to do much to make an impact. “She has an opportunity to really make a big impact just by being vocal,” noted Johansson. “I’ve met her several times in the past, and she’s a very well spoken, smart, intelligent woman… the whole situation baffles me.”

Given her own political activism, does Johansson ever see herself entering politics at some point? Perhaps — but not at the moment.

“I’ve always been interested in local politics,” she said. “I never rule anything out, but I have a very full life right now, with a very young daughter. I have a lot that I want to do still with my career… I can’t imagine that would be a possibility for a long time.”

Johansson spoked with ET Canada recently about political activism, explaining that she came by it naturally. “I grew up in a very politically active, socially active, very vocal family. And that’s a huge part of the person I am today.”

She added: “I wouldn’t not consider a career in, perhaps, politics someday, but right now I’m so busy running around after a tiny, tiny person, that’s totally where my brain is, and I think politics is something that requires all of you, it’s everything, even more so than most other jobs.” Watch:

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