June 11th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
12 years ago

She may have a crush on Obama

Johansson is a fan of Obama.

Johansson is a fan of Obama.

(CNN) - Scarlett Johansson, it appears, has a crush on Barack Obama.

The Golden Globe-nominated actress, who has long been an Obama supporter, told the Politico on Tuesday she often e-mails the Illinois senator and is amazed he takes the time to write back.

“You’d imagine that someone like the senator who is constantly traveling and constantly ‘on’ — how can he return these personal e-mails?” she told Politico. “But he does, and in his off-time I know he also calls people who have donated the minimum to thank them. Nobody sees it, nobody talks about it, but it’s incredible.”

“I feel like I’m supporting someone, and having a personal dialogue with them, and it’s amazing," Johansson said.

Specifically, Johansson said she e-mailed Obama following the last Democratic debate in Pennsylvania, after which the moderators were criticized for focusing on trivial issues instead of more pressing matters. The Hollywood starlet said she wrote Obama to congratulate him for "holding his ground."

Watch Obama criticize the final debate

Johansson, who has previously joked she is engaged to the presumptive Democratic nominee, is one of Obama's more vocal supporters in Hollywood, having hosted prominent fundraisers on his behalf and taking a starring role in the Emmy-nominated "Yes We Can" video that's racked up millions of hits on YouTube.

The 23-year-old actress told the Politico she first met Obama at a private fundraising event last year, but has since met up with him several times on the campaign trail. She says she is approaching campaigning for him the same way she campaigns for other causes she believes in.

"I’m hoping to raise awareness,” she said. “I’m not telling people who to vote for, and I don’t expect that if I did it would swing votes. At least, I hope not. What I want to do is raise awareness of Obama and his policies, and share my own story of how I became involved in his campaign. Perhaps, if they’re a fan, my story might entice them to learn or spark their interest some other way. If I can answer questions or direct people to a website where they can get more information, that’s how I can help.”

soundoff (460 Responses)
  1. AJ

    Pardon me while I vomit...

    June 11, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Down with Obama

    Hey CNN ask Donna how come the DNC will not let people unsubscribe???????????????????

    June 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Starlet

    Gee...I too am amazed that Obama would respond to an email from A STAR! Get a life moron.

    Is it any surprise that ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD STAR

    June 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Billy J Austin, TX

    lame..... not gonna help us get rid of the 'rock star' thing... and that's not gonna help in the general

    thanks for the stupid article

    June 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. oil rules

    Now this is real news, CNN. Another Hollywood liberal in love with a Dem. Way to go CNN.

    June 11, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. Franky

    Grrrrrrr!!! LOL!!!

    June 11, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Dems

    This woman is a moron. To be surprised that Obama (or actually a campaign intern) takes the time to respond to an email from a Hollywood star is amazing and shows you how dumb she is.

    She probably is hoping for a "private tour" once he's elected.

    Dope.

    McCain '08!

    June 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Women for Obama

    She's a smart young lady.

    She knows that McCain will work to outlaw abortion.

    June 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Caryn, WDC

    ??????

    June 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Robert in Toronto,ON

    While I appreciate Johansson's support, this is not newsworthy.

    On a side note – Scarlett Johansson is overrated. Jessica Alba has her beat hands downs.

    June 11, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. Zina

    Can we please talk about news, and not celebrities?

    Thanks!

    June 11, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  12. gary

    SHE'S YOUNG AND LOST TOO. MAYBE HE WILL DO A SCREEN PLAY WITH YOU. THIS COUNTRY OF YOUNG PEOPLE IS OUR FUTURE .GOD HELP US ALL.

    June 11, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. New Day

    *sigh* she is so dreamy!

    June 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. martin

    nice woman.

    June 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Independent for Obama

    Not news. Although it is nice that Obama calls supporters in his free time – that is pretty cool.

    June 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. insanity

    Obama is a different kind of politician. He has a good heart and brilliant mind. Very rare these days for a politician to have both those qualities.
    He will be one of best leaders we will ever see. Hope the American people can put their ideological biases and vote for someone who can truly bring us all out of the 20th century.

    June 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. john williams san diego, ca.

    just one more rocket scientist voting for Obama.

    June 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Robert

    Few men wouldn't respond if Scarlett Johansson emailed them 🙂

    June 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Eddie

    Yeah, she emails me too

    June 11, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Matt

    As an Illinois resident I know how he has time to do these things – by not doing the job he was elected for.

    June 11, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. gurarro

    Next....

    June 11, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Deborah

    Oh please. Of course he's going to communicate with the lovely Scarlett Johansson. And she thinks it's because he communicates with everyone! Give me a break. He ignores people all the time. I've seen it and I've read about it on blogs. He just knows how to play the media game and boy does he have you guys snowed.

    June 11, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Tim

    Political groupie

    June 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Felly

    You go girl!. Obama is going to be the President of the people, for the people and by the people. That's humility.

    June 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Greg, Mpls

    CNN – and this is news we care about?

    June 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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