If you had to guess who was the biggest star in America right now, it’s obviously Momo or the “Baby Shark” kids. But for the HIGHLY prestigious (and superficial) theme of 14 Countries, 14 Stars for Vogue’s cover, Anna Wintour hopped in her time machine and went back a few years to give it to Scarlett Johannson. Dammit, if you had told us it was “14 Countries, 14 Stars Of 2010,” Ann-uh, I would have nominated Katherine Heigl! OK, no I wouldn’t have.
The cover is a two-parter and ScarJo shares a cover with fellow Asian actresses Doona Bae and Deepika Padukone.
Vogue writer Gaby Wood deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for being able to sit down with so many stars spewing BS without losing her damn mind. Honestly, it’s a cool concept, but she lost me when we have to begin hearing about Scarlett’s feelings. YAWN. The whole thing starts with ScarJo musing “It was just a different time to be an American in Tokyo” when she was 17 filming Lost In Translation there. She talks about how removed she was for seven weeks filming in the uber-swank Park Hyatt and that it was hard being away from her then-boyfriend and dealing with the language barrier. Sis, not having to talk with anyone for weeks on end and getting a healthy dose of me-time?! Sounds like a dream vacation!
The piece then segues to how nobody will have to live the “hell” Scarlett had from being an A-List actress on a Sofia Coppola set in Tokyo. Now, everyone knows everyone thanks to social media. We also learn that the actresses are sick of hearing people go on about walls, and the next wall they want to tear down is gender. Léa Seydoux (France) and Eiza González (Mexico) are both inspired by Marlon Brando, and we’re supposed to take that as we’re all the same. Or that everyone just really enjoyed A Streetcar Named Desire.
Here are the other 11 stars featured in the issue:
- Elizabeth Debicki (Australia)
- Angelababy (China)
- Deepika Padukone (India)
- Golshifteh Farahani (Iran)
- Alba Rohrwacher (Italy)
- Hera Hilmar (Iceland)
- Doona Bae (South Korea)
- Adesua Etomi-Wellington (Nigeria)
- Vanessa Kirby (U.K.)
- Liv Lisa Fries (Germany)
- Bruna Marquezine (Brazil)
Golshifteh also talked about being blacklisted in her own country and having her passport seized (she fled to France) for not wearing a veil to the New York premiere of her movie Body Of Lies. Scarlett then talked about the struggle of having to work on a movie once with just a regular trailer instead of the double-wide specifically on her rider. Fine, I’m kidding. It was a triple-wide.
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We’re excited to reveal our April issue, celebrating 14 global superstars: Angelababy (@angelababyct), Doona Bae (@doonabae), #ElizabethDebicki, Adesua Etomi-Wellington (@adesuaetomi), Golshifteh Farahani (@golfarahani), #LivLisaFries, Eiza Gonzalez (@eizagonzalez), Hera Hilmar (@herahilmar), #ScarlettJohansson, Vanessa Kirby (@vanessa__kirby), Bruna Marquezine (@brunamarquezine), Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone), #AlbaRohrwacher and Lea Seydoux (@leaseydoux_genuine). Tap the link in our bio to read their stories and see our full spread. Photographed by @mikaeljansson, styled by #CamillaNickerson, written by Gaby Wood, Vogue, April 2019. (1/2)
Pic: Vogue/Mikael Jansson