Scarlett Johansson and her husband, Ryan Reynolds were an environmentally friendly power couple. Now that they are divorced, the “Avengers” star is still on the list of eco geeks in Hollywood social circles. Her efforts to use her star power wisely have her on all the right guest lists in Hollywood. She’s even expected to make an appearance at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Apr. of 2013 with a number of other A-List movie stars — a special Washingtonian social event the Hollywood Reporter claims has affectionately been nicknamed the “Nerd Prom.”
As an aspiring socialite, she’s no faker or go alonger when it comes to smooching up to a man to make herself look better by doing charity work. While fans are sad she still fails to embrace the use of technology to share news about charity events and worthy causes she’s supporting, they are relieved to know that she’s alive and well and still doing the humanitarian thing.
Johansson has been an Oxfam Ambassador since 2007. Since then, she has been active in many Oxfam promotions, including widespread travels. She visited tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka, school girls in Uttar Pradesh, India, and survivors of domestic violence throughout the region.
In 2008, Scarlett joined other Oxfam ambassadors as they called on the heads of state at the Japanese G8 conference. The call urged them to respond urgently to global poverty issues. From the impact of drought in East Africa to Haiti relief, to issues in the Horn of Africa, Johansson has been tireless in her personal presence and care about world poverty and life issues.
New York Gossip Gal reports that Johanssen joined with lifestyle label Neff to create a knitted beanie styled cap that will benefit cancer patients and researchers. The beanie is called Neff Hope and a cancer patient or survivors will get one when a beanie that is sold. The project supports City of Hope, a leading cancer research, treatment, and education organization.
Regarding her everyday life history on the road to stardom, according to Biography.com, Johanssen was born in New York City on November 22, 1984, and quickly went into theatrical and film roles as a child actor. She was 8 years old when she starred in an off-Broadway production of Sophistry with Ethan Hawke. She was only 13 years old when her performance in The Horse Whisperer brought her critical acclaim in film. She went on to more success in films with Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Nanny Diaries, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and The Avengers.
Johansson was married to Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds in September 2008 and filed for divorced in 2010. They bought and remodeled an eco-friendly home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles but divorce caused the couple to sell the home. Almost every room in had floor-to-ceiling windows that brought in natural light. The house also featured a salt water pool and solar panels, according to Ecorazzi. They also completed an eco-friendly remodeling project on an old house in the New Orleans area near celebrity friend Sandra Bullock’s new home.
Since their celebrity split, she was briefly linked romantically to actor Sean Penn — ex-husband of Madonna and current humanitarian relief worker in Haiti. According to Radar Online, she dated Penn and advertising executive Nate Naylor, but allegedly nothing permanent is in the works regarding dating or marrying anybody (even though she was recently spotted holding hands with French boyfriend Romain Dauriac and sporting what appeared to be an engagement ring in 2013). While the 28 -year-old claims she likes the idea of marriage, she said, “It’s hard to put into words. To me, being in a functioning relationship doesn’t mean you have to be married.”
Perhaps that’s why she was so bothered when Reynolds quickly married his alleged mistress Blake Lively (star of the hit television series “Gossip Girl”) so soon after their divorce. Could he have waited and cohabitated for a while before running off? Probably. But the lovebirds planned a very private wedding that took place in Charleston, South Carolina — and they seem to be very much in love and acting like homebodies now.
Reynolds — who actively advocates for the use of clean energy products — has not spoken much about his divorce or new lady-love. She’s not as charitable as Johansson but has done some cool things like designing t-shirts to help raise money for the victims of the earthquakes and tsunami that hit Japan. She also dated actor Leonardo DiCaprio for a while after hooking up — then splitting up — with Reynolds so he could go home to ScarJo to handle their divorce.
Perhaps that infusion of Leo’s eco-friendly genes made her more attractive in the mind of her new husband. But regardless of why Reynolds seems to have picked a life with her over staying with his ex-wife, green news fans are glad to see Scarlett Johansson getting on with her life and staying involved with so many worthwhile charitable causes now.