Screen star Scarlett Johansson says she's amicable with her ex-husband, "Green Lantern" star Ryan Reynolds, but that the fallout of a divorce is "horrible."
"Of course it's horrible," she told Vogue magazine in its May cover story, which was posted online Thursday. "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, 27 -- whose career has taken her from a Tony Award for "A View from the Bridge" to pop-culture stardom as superspy Natasha Romanoff in "Iron Man 2" and the upcoming "The Avengers" -- says her split from Reynolds, 35, was "comically amicable." The two married in September 2008 and announced their separation in December 2010; the divorce was finalized in July.
Marriage itself she calls "a beautiful thing. 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."
Nonetheless, she suggests, the two stars' busy schedules left them little time together. "I'm not saying [we needed] more time in the marriage, but just 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."
As for the notion that time heals all wounds, "I don't feel on the other side of it completely, but it gets better," she said. "More than anything, it's just that not having your buddy around all the time is weird. There's no rule book. I think it's just time."