LOS ANGELES - "It's very inspiring," declared Scarlett Johansson about being mom to Rose Dorothy, her daughter with husband Romain Dauriac, born last September.
Looking trim and sporting short hair that becomes her, Scarlett gushed in this chat at the Disney lot in Burbank, California, "Having a child is a huge life event. It's such a different life now in the best possible way.
I hope it will increase my understanding of myself, which will enrich my work."
Added the blooming mother who married Romain (a French journalist-turned-advertising executive) last year, "Eventually, I will have to work less. That might make me more discerning [in my choices]. We'll see."
Scarlett stressed her decision to work less to raise Rose: "I have a greater responsibility now.
That will definitely affect my schedule. My choices used to affect only me. Now, I'm responsible for somebody else."
The actress, who plays Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," was paired with Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk/Bruce Banner) in this interview.
They have an easy rapport, which registers onscreen-Black Widow is the only one who can "tame" The Hulk.
Their much-welcome quiet moment in "Ultron" reflects this chemistry.
"They're the outsiders of 'The Avengers,' if there's such a thing," Mark said of the two characters' bond, which director Joss Whedon jokingly described in an interview as similar to that of Beauty and the Beast.
"They didn't plan on being superheroes or soldiers, or anything like that.
Then we find them in this wonderful moment where they 'normalise'-with each other.
They've gotten to know each other. They sit, drink and it's comfortable. For a moment, they think they are normal, and can have a relationship together.
"The reality of who they are, and the situation, tear apart that fantasy. That's how I see it. They're perfect for each other. And they will end up together."
"I agree," Scarlett chimed in. "Mark and I share the same feeling about these characters.
We understand that this relationship could exist in such a beautiful way and in a totally different time and place.
Everybody has had this experience. It's like a question of bad timing and that's what they are experiencing.