Scarlett Johansson has been a dedicated spokeswoman for Barack Obama. The actress has hosted fund-raisers, left phone messages for potential voters, and appeared in his "Yes, We Can" video produced by the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am. In January she even told reporters that she is "engaged to Barack Obama."
Last Friday, Ms. Johansson talked to Poltico about her devotion to the Senator, and the story went up this afternoon!
Read on for highlights including details of their regular email correspondence, her thoughts on John McCain’s lack of young supporters, and whether we can expect more quirky campaign video.
On celebrity endorsements:
“Even I’m wary of celebrity endorsements … if the spotlight is on me, I might as well try to direct it on things and causes that I believe in.”
On young Obama supporters:
“Trying to find McCain’s youthful core group is going to be challenging. One of the driving forces behind the Obama campaign is that all of these young people who never had a reason to vote before finally got the fire under their ass.”
On her one-on-one correspondence with the candidate:
“You’d imagine that someone like the senator who is constantly traveling and constantly ‘on’ — how can he return these personal e-mails? But he does, and in his off-time I know he also calls people who have donated the minimum to thank them. I feel like I’m supporting someone, and having a personal dialogue with them, and it’s amazing.”
On getting booked for Obama events:
“It’s very simple. I’ll tell them I have some extra time, and ask where they can use me for two days. I’ll do cold calls, public service announcements, all different things to help out.”
On making a sequel to that "Yes, We Can" video:
“I don’t know that I’d want to touch it or re-create it, but I hope to find new and interesting ways to highlight the campaign and bring supporters together, whether it’s live shows or concerts that are fun and affordable and not closed off to big fund-raisers. Maybe we can even perform the song live.”