Scarlett Johansson Covers Vogue, Talks 'Devastating' Divorce and Dating Sean Penn

Scarlett Johansson Vogue May 2012
Photo courtesy of Mario Testino/Vogue
Scarlett Johannson channels Grace Kelly with her Mario Testino-lensed cover.

If it's bombshells you're after, you can't do better than the May issue of Vogue.

Photographed by Mario Testino, cover girl Scarlett Johansson exudes Old Hollywood glamour in stunning '40s-inspired gowns while revealing intimate details about her love life and recent nude photo hacking scandal.

"It was horrible,” she tells Vogue's Jason Gay of her divorce from actor Ryan Reynolds. “Of course it’s horrible. It was devastating. It really throws you. You think that your life is going to be one way, and then, for various reasons or whatever, it doesn’t work out.

"This was something I never thought I would be doing. And there’s no way to navigate it. Nobody can give you the right answer. It’s never anything you want to hear. It’s a very lonely thing. It’s like the loneliest thing you’ll ever do, in some way.”

Johansson, who sports Grace Kelly waves and a violet silk gown for her cover shoot, describes her current relationship with Reynolds as "comically amicable," but "not having your buddy around all the time is weird." 

Still, she has no regrets about the marriage, though she muses that “having more time with my ex and really clocking those hours of face time with the person you love, really live together and not having the pressure of two people that have these careers" might have resulted in a happier ending.

"It was a beautiful thing,” the Dolce & Gabbana beauty ambassador says of the experience. “The falling in love and getting married and making that commitment ... I think it’s nice to know that you’re capable of loving somebody in that way. I think it’s a rare opportunity.”

And while her leading man for her Vogue shoot is The Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo—looking dapper in a tux as Johansson canoodles with a leopard and swans about in slinky vintage-style gowns from Nina Ricci, Dolce & Gabbana, Vionnet, and Prabal Gurung—the actress has bounced back from her divorce with a short-lived romance with Sean Penn and her current beau, ad man Nate Naylor.

Scarlett Johansson Vogue May 2012

Photo courtesy of Mario Testino/Vogue

The Vionnet-clad actress and her Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo unleash their animal instincts for the accompanying fashion spread.

"We spent time together, yeah,” she says. of her high-profile fling with Penn. “I never put a title on it, really, but we were seeing each other. In my marriage, funnily enough, we had relative privacy, [dating Penn] was a little bit of an adjustment."

By contrast, dating Naylor is refreshingly down to earth—for her, at least.

“It must be very strange for him,” she concedes. “It’s totally bizarre. It’s an adjustment—I mean, it’s got to be an adjustment for him way more than it was for me at 19. But he’s really remarkably good about it.”

The former Mango campaign star is the first to admit that fame can have a downside, particularly given the uproar caused by last year's hacking of intimate photos meant for Reynolds during their marriage.

Scarlett Johansson Vogue May 2012

Photo courtesy of Mario Testino/Vogue

Ruffalo plays piano man as his leading lady, in Nina Ricci, kicks up her Louboutin heels.

"When all those photos came out, of course I go out to dinner and think, Goddamn it, these people have all seen my ... ," she says of the "sick" incident. "That’s terrible. You know what I mean? You can’t not think that. Even if they haven’t, you’re paranoid."

Needless to say, it's been a rocky year, but with a new big-budget film coming out, the admiration of Woody Allen—who sees in her the potential to be a "genuinely meaningful actress"—and a budding romance, the blonde beauty can't be blamed for feeling optimistic about the future.

"I think it will be an interesting year,” she says. Bring it on!

For more Scarlett Johansson, visit and pick up the May issue, on sale April 24.