Is Scarlett Johansson the sexiest woman alive?
American actress Scarlett Johansson has been named the sexiest woman alive for the second time by Esquire, the men's lifestyle magazine said.
The Avengers star was named sexiest woman in 2006 and is the only woman to have been given the title twice by the publication. The annual recipient of the title is chosen by Esquire editors.
Husky-voiced Johansson, who rose to prominence as a teenager in the 2001 cult film Ghost World, stars in three films this fall. In Don Jon she plays the girlfriend of a pornography addict and in the sci-fi thriller Under the Skin she is a seductive extraterrestrial. She voices a man's computer companion in Her.
"You know, I gotta hustle. I'm a twenty-eight-year-old woman in the movie business, right?", she told the magazine.
"Pretty soon the roles you're offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop. I have to hedge against that with work - theatre, producing, this thing with Esquire... Sounds pretty bloodless, I guess."
Johansson recently confirmed her engagement to advertising executive Romain Dauriac.
She touched on their romance, hinting it is nothing like she has experienced in the past, adding she enjoys knowing her fiancé is protective of her.
"You're never free of the irrational, so you might as well - Oh, I don't know. Like, it's OK to be jealous, for example, which people think is irrational. To let yourself care that much that the emotion might hurt you a little," she said.
"Look, I'm with a Frenchman. I think jealousy comes with the territory. But I'd rather be with someone who's a little jealous than someone who's never jealous.
"There's something a little dead fish about them. A little bit depressing. It may not make sense, but you need to feel it a little. I know, irrational, right?"
The blonde star was previously married to Ryan Reynolds, who she split from in 2010.
Although she has only ever said good things about the actor, Johannson implies her new relationship is a lot more fulfilling.
"I didn't think I was a jealous person until I started dating my current, my one-and-only," she explained. "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."
Last year's sexiest woman, according to Esquire, was American actress Mila Kunis.
Barbadian pop singer Rihanna, British actress Kate Beckinsale and South African actress Charlize Theron have all been given the "sexiest" distinction by the magazine.
-with Reuters, Cover Media