To some people, Colin Jost is the visual indicator that it’s time for their regularly scheduled pee break in the middle of a Saturday Night Live episode. To others, he’s Leslie Jones’ unrequited white boy crush. And for the past three years, he’s also been the TV guy who is with Scarlett Johansson. That’s probably because Scarlett Johansson is an extremely famous, internationally known A-list Hollywood actress, and Colin is known to some as the guy who chuckles respectively at Michael Che’s jokes on Weekend Update. Colin recently admitted that he was worried his identity would become exactly what some people saw him as, which to a whole lot of people was, and still might be, Mr. ScarJo.
Colin met Scarlett when she hosted SNL back in 2006, and then reconnected with her after she split from her husband Romain Dauriac in 2017. While promoting his new memoir, A Very Punchable Face, on Wednesday’s episode of The Howard Stern Show, Colin said his SNL connection gave him the confidence he needed to date someone at least six to eight fame levels higher than himself. via Us Weekly:
“Yes. That was definitely a worry. The lucky thing was, people in the [SNL] cast really liked her when she was there as the host.”
Not only was Colin worried about everyone else’s perception of his role in their relationship, but he was also worried about his own role. Specifically, Colin was afraid of emerging one day looking like a naked mole-rat, and having to explain that his body had adapted to permanently living in the total darkness of Scarlett’s shadow.
“I worried about my identity with it and also with comedy. You work in comedy, so, I was always worried about anything that felt non-comedy or took me out of the world of comedy. You have to keep your own identity and do your own thing.”
Colin has mentioned previously that he has plans to leave SNL eventually, but that has less to do with his fiancée, and more to do with realizing that after 15 years on the job, it might be time to move on. But when he does, I really don’t think he’s got to worry about losing his identity. And if he’s really worried about becoming a little more than an accessory to Scarlett, he could always come up with a way to distinguish himself from her in a meaningful way. Like publicly saying, “I don’t like Woody Allen.” Although then his identity might morph into Scarlett’s Ex-Fiancé.