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

She may have a crush on Obama

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(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. Obama v McCain

    lol..I'm jealous.. i emailedhim months ago.. got a generated letter! Thats it! I am going into showbiz


    June 11, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. JV

    WOW now if she had done this to Bill Clinton she would have been accused of having an affair.

    I wonder where she was in the last election and who she supported then or maybe this is her first time voting in an election.

    June 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Obama For President

    Ha Ha! Well, He I Had To Choose Out Of The Two I Would Have A Crush On Obama Too!

    June 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Tim

    O yea, that was called for. Grow up!

    June 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. ATL 4 Obama

    a crush? really? She's a well–known supporter. Don't insinuate CNN. Don't isolate one female Hollywood actress. Not even necessary information to be quite honest. Obama has several celebrity supporters–not crushes.

    June 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. coli

    All the pretty women are in Obama's camp. Who said women will be a problem for Obama in November.

    June 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. richard

    i wonder if mccain returns calls from his supporters.

    oh wait... he has no supporters, only stupid obama haters.

    June 11, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Alexandra

    Women for Obama '08

    June 11, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. R.I.F.

    Smart and talented woman.

    June 11, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Annette

    So what? she is fond of him, who said it's a crime to be liked, huh?

    June 11, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Jem

    never mind you are welcome.he got crush on you too..so no probleem.
    hes a handsome young man..so keep it up,,,,,

    June 11, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Sheri

    I think that is a nice thing to do. It is good for someone so busy to take time to answer.

    June 11, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Obama For President

    Who In Their Right Mind Would Have A Crush On Mccain?

    June 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Jennifer C.

    Obama supporters, like Johansson, are infatuated with the idea that Obama is listening and is operating outside the political vacuum in D.C.

    Read the last paragraph of this ticker if you didn't, it is very telling of Obama's politics. He is not telling us what to do but asking us to engage and help improve America.

    June 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. James-MIiami, Ok.


    June 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Anon

    And why do you consider this to be news?

    -an Obama supporter

    June 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. matt from NY

    Cause Obama is a long-legged mack-daddy!


    Obama/Gore 2008


    Obama/Edwards 2008

    w/ Hillary as the HHC Secretary

    June 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. Peggy, Greensboro NC

    I am an Obama supporter but I find this somewhat annoying. If her name ere Elaine Johnson, a factory worker from Tennesee would he be returning HER calls? Who the heck cares what Scarlet Johanssen thinks.

    June 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Well...

    I guess it's settled. Obama's got my vote.

    OBAMA '08

    June 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Tom

    The bike ride story and now this? Looks like Scarlett's not the only one that has a crush on Obama. C'mon CNN – you were starting to get a little more balanced there for awhile. Let's save the news space for real news, ok?

    June 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Sara

    Here we go again. Obama and Michelle have shown nothing but respect for each other. They do not need a blond starlet trying to dirty the water with "Whatever goes for me. Respect the insitiution of marriage for once. Do go down that road.

    June 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Just a thought...

    Is it me, or are the loudest and most poisonous frothers on these boards those who oppose Obama?

    And, forgive me if I'm wrong, but weren't all those people formerly complaining about how nasty the Obama supporters are?

    Really, people.

    We know you don't like Obama. We get it. You've said it enough times, and you've used enough capital letters that we understand how strongly you feel. Find something real to complain about.

    June 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Sterling

    First off, I'm a big Obama supporter but i find it humorous that Scarlet Johannsen is 'amazed' that Obama finds the time to respond to her emails. Last time i checked, she is a beautiful, famous actress. What guy isn't going to respond to her emails?

    June 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. What if?

    Obama has and always will be for ALL people. Not once has he acted as if he was ENTITLED to be the president. He WORKED HARD and followed ALL the rules and EARNED to be our nominee.

    That's the type of president we need, one that will inform us, his supporters and the American people about all issues that we will face together, he will be HONEST enough to let us the people, informed with the TRUTH always......A PERSON WHO CARES AND UNDERSTAND ALL PEOPLE. .....

    Obama 08

    June 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. TESAP

    ummmmmmmmm.......... I do not think Michelle would approve.......

    But then again.... it does not say she has a crush on him.... lets not start............. remember what happened to Ford when he was accused of interracial dating............ PLEASE STOP

    June 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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