From Daily Mail: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has snagged the endorsement of actress Scarlett Johansson, the highest-banking actress in Hollywood.
Johansson, who has played a role in prior presidential election efforts, is not only providing campaign cash but defending the progressive firebrand’s proposals as ‘realistic’ and achievable.
‘She feels like someone who is thoughtful and progressive but realistic,’ Johansson told the Hollywood Reporter. She referenced Warren’s policy-heavy campaign as she battles Sen. Bernie Sanders for support among the party’s left wing.
She has been gaining on former Vice President Joe Biden, who is stressing his ability to beat President Trump while Warren and Sanders push ‘Medicare for All’ plans.
‘It’s not like her campaign is making these crazy, outlandish promises that seem impossible to reach. There’s a strategy there,’ Johansson said of Warren.
Johansson is also vowing to make further public efforts in the election – though stopped short of saying she would take more public actions during the primaries, such as hosting a fundraiser or appearing on the stump with Warren.
She made the comments last month on the set of Marvel’s Avengers spinoff, Black Widow, outside London.
‘Other Democrats have said to me, ‘Oh, it’s really early to back someone,’ she told the publication. ‘That kind of worries me because it doesn’t feel that early to me. I’m like, “Really?” It’s disconcerting that’s there’s not a clear candidate at this time.’
She is one of a handful of celebs who maxed out to Warren in time for her June campaign finance report. Others included Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, and Disney’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Hill reported.
In 2018, Johansson was part of an innuendo-filled PSA for March for Our Lives and We Stand United called ‘First Time’ that encouraged people to vote by having celebrities share tidbits about their first experience at the ballot back.
‘I was nervous,’ Johansson said with a sly smile on her face. This presidential cycle, ‘I’ll be there however I’m needed,’ Johansson said.
‘If I can help with voter engagement, whether it’s doing some sort of PSA campaign or actively trying to involve people in the process of registering and voting. I really believe if people actually did vote, our government would look the way it’s supposed to, but people just don’t vote. It baffles me.’
Johansson backed Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The actress also continued to stand by director Woody Allen, who helped launch her blockbuster career, and who faces accusations of sexual abuse by daughter Dylan Farrow that he denies.
‘I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it. I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him,’ Johansson told the publication.
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