June 11th, 2008
12:50 PM ET
11 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. Dora

    Makes me wonder why he doesn't seem to have time for his grandmother who probably helped start him get the best education. I understand she lives in Hawaii, is in her 80s does a little volunteer work and watches her grandson on TV every day but you never hear him mention her at all. I believe he threw her under the bus too.

    June 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Ace

    I'm a baseball fan, but I don't want any of the players running our country.

    June 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Ron Larson

    OHHHH Obama talks to me, it means that someone so important must be so wonderful and that makes me "important." The Cult of Obama...the pontifications and platitudes never end, and yet ask some of the young folks out there while they are voting ofr him, all they can reiterate is something pablum "esques." " He will bring change," they gush. Like what kind of "change?" Well like you know, change the "system?" You mean the "system" he is a part of, with a party that he is supportd by and now will lead apparently. Why in the world would we care what some self absorbed "Hollywood " type thinks is beyond me. But again, we see the Clinton-esque fascination with style over substance. The only thing that will change is how wvery aspect of our society will be forced to pay more taxes to this over bloated monster call the United States Federal Governent, and aquiesence to our enemies, more socialistic drivel from the global warming heretics, and judicail nominess that are chosen by the fact they will continue to advocate the slauhgter of the unborn, and the radical homosexual movement finding a way to...ahem...insert there perverse lifestyle into every aspect of our society and to preach or mention that his is unnatural coould eventually be described as hate speech. You want anarchy and America, choose this man, and his godless beleif system will defile us more thatn Clinton's ever could have.

    June 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. look out

    So Obama has his Monicas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Murph

    Man, I got to run for President.

    June 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  6. Eli

    OH its an actress lets all take her word on how great this nation will be with Obama.

    June 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Carl

    Stupid gir!. Another Hollywood follower. I noticed that he didn't reply to the email from Gretchen Snork, a bus driver from Albuquerque.

    June 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. Still for Hill

    Moderate Dems are voting McCain in Nov, plain and simple....

    Ted Strickland and the moderate dem congressman from OK are distancing themselves from Obama... I love it...

    I guess you Obama supporters are going to be stuck with Chris Dodd for you VP choice, since he is probably going to be the only one stupid enough to take the spot.

    Then, McCain will pick Bobby Jindal from LA as his running mate. Bobby Jindal will show that you can be a person of color in this country and be a true patriot.... Unlike Mr. Obama who aligns himselft with Anti-American and Anti-Jewish haters.

    McCain 08

    June 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. look out

    Women on the road?

    Lets spin this like we spin all other female/candidate interactions.

    The NEW Monica.

    June 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. CNN - IS THIS NEWS WORTHY???

    YOU SUCK!!!!

    June 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Well...

    You're right Baze. That Republican primary process was a joke.

    June 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Nancy McKinney

    The title to this is very mis-leading!!!

    shame on cnn

    June 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Ernest

    Please stay out of his personal life. He is a married man.

    June 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Timber

    Thanks for some more in depth coverage. CNN is becoming worse than the National Enquirer. Hey CNN, has Obama met with any little green men? or Brittany Spears? We need to know! Hell with the issues. Talk about the dumbing down of America. God help us.

    June 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Amit NYC

    hows is this even news? CNN sucks.

    Obama '08!

    June 11, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. on

    a real blonde! is she really so naive about why Obama answers her emails? I can't believe Scarlet is so out of touch with a real world..

    June 11, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Kim

    WHO CARES!!!!

    June 11, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Nando, Florida

    I hope he crush'es JOHN MCCSAME AS BUSH!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. kypar

    Who cares what Scarlett thinks (and do you really think Obama wrote the response himself or was it an aid?)
    Scarlett is hot but she's an actress and CNN using her story as an "endorsement" of a candidate is wrong, regardless of who it is.

    June 11, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Mari

    Maybe he's not as busy as he wants us to believe he is.

    June 11, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. mabus

    It turns out that Barack Obama's Chicago zip code is 60606 – the sign of the beast. This revelation raises an interesting question:
    If Obama is exposed as the Antichrist, do you think it will hurt his presidential chances?

    June 11, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Barry

    I've read most of the posts, and yet haven't seen anyone focus on what she also said:
    "..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.”

    It's only BIG news because she's a Hollywood star and the MSM wants to make a big deal out of it. I mean, who'd ever believe it if the MSM tried to spin a "relationship' about him calling "Ethel" from central NC to thank her for her support.

    June 11, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Angry American

    Of course he e-mails her back. She is a movie star – BUT I would put money on the fact that he probably does not return e-mails OR phone calls to the "average Joe" who he supposedly "cares" so much about. He's corporate – JUST like Scarlett. And for that matter, just like McCain.

    June 11, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. amazed

    I'm amazed she believes that it is actually him returning her emails...

    June 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. KRW

    Her new album is terrible.

    Oh wait, I've mistaken a news network for a celebrity gossip forum again!

    CNN, why are you waisting time reporting this? Where are the extensive articles about Kucinich introducing 35 articles of impeachment against Bush yesterday?

    I'm ashamed of our country and our people. When did everyone turn into a bunch of gossiping, petty nincompoops? Lets get back to making this country as great as it's supposed to be people.

    June 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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