The Avengers star Scarlett Johansson was honored at amFAR’s New York gala on Wednesday night for her humanitarian work. It was her first public appearance since she split up with hubby Romain Dauriac.
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When presenting the honor to Scarlett Johansson, her Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo said, “Funny, kind, socially conscious, beautiful and generous—I’m not talking about my mom. Scarlett Johansson is that person,” he said. It’s probably no surprise to you that we live in turbulent times, but if there are any young women or men out there looking for a role model, they need look no further than Scarlett Johansson.”
“Scarlett is no armchair humanitarian,” Ruffalo said. “She’s the real deal.”
“Thank you Mark, for not just playing a super hero, but embodying the spirit of one in your everyday life,” said Scarlett Johansson when she took the stage.
Then she spoke about her mother’s longtime friendship with a man who dies of AIDS. “My mother struggled to come up with the right word to describe their relationship, because those kinds of relationships never molded to some kind of prefabricated description,” said Scarlett Johansson.
“They’re the kind of magic felt between two people who find each other and don’t expect or need anything from each other. And even though they may be worlds apart in some ways, in all the ways that matter, they just fit.”
Scarlett Johansson told Entertainment Weekly, “I really couldn’t think of anybody else that I’d rather [have] with me here tonight. [She’s] been incredibly inspiring for me in many, many ways, but certainly as a young girl.”
“She never shielded us from what was going on in the zeitgeist in culture,” she continued. “She always made us aware, you know, socially aware. She always encouraged us to be politically and socially active, so I couldn’t imagine a better date tonight.”