Scarlett Johansson landed the title of Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” for the second time – making her the first woman to do so.

Johansson, 28, was first honored by Esquire with the title in 2006 – the same year she appeared in Scoop, The Black Dahlia and The Prestige, and following her scene stealing turns in Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring and Match Point. Then, she was asked about what she had done for her 21st birthday, about her confidence as a relatively young actress and all the attention she received for her physical assets.

Seven years later, Johansson is engaged and hyper aware of the impermanency of success for attractive women in Hollywood. “You know, I gotta hustle. I'm a twenty-eight-year-old woman in the movie business, right? Pretty soon the roles you're offered all become mothers,” she mused. “Then they just sort of stop. I have to hedge against that with work—theater, producing, this thing with Esquire."

“Sounds pretty bloodless, I guess,” Johansson added.”


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As for that fiancé of hers, French journalist Romain Dauriac, Johansson takes comfort in the fact that they both suffer from tinges of jealousy. “I’m with a Frenchman. I think jealousy comes with the territory,” she said, admitting that she doesn’t mind. “I didn’t think I was a jealous person, until I started dating my current, my one-and-only,” Johansson added. “I think maybe in the past I didn’t have the same kind of investment. Not that I liked my partner less, I just wasn’t capable of it or caring that much.”

In addition to getting engaged this year, Johansson has had one of the busiest twelve months of her career: She’s in the middle of Marvel projects playing Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. She’s been promoting Don Jon, the comedy written, directed and starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, which just recently hit theaters. Her horror film Under the Skin premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Johansson also has two films in post-production and one, Lucy, that’s currently filming.

"There's luxury in being near home. When you spend a lot of time, like I do, just standing around and waiting, or being moved from place to place, every minute gets consumed by something someone else has set up for you,” she revealed to Maxim. “What I want to do right now is sleep late, read the paper. I've come to see that there's something pretty great about having two hours to read."

Esquire’s "Sexiest Woman Alive" issue hits newsstands on Oct. 15.

– Chelsea Regan

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