Scarlett Johansson is a veteran of the red carpet and a seasoned pro when it comes to handling pre-awards show interviews. So when Ryan Seacrest—another red carpet mainstay, himself—asked her a frivolous question at the 2017 Oscars, Johansson didn’t hesitate one millisecond to call him out.
When Johansson stopped by to chat with the E! News host on the red carpet, Seacrest kicked things off by discussing how she was set to present at tonight’s Oscars. But then, Seacrest’s follow-up question took a surprising turn—to Johansson’s stilettos. “Do you actually wear the shoes that you are wearing tonight for the rehearsal?” Seacrest asked Johansson, in reference to her practice runs at presenting.
Johansson clapped back immediately at Seacrest: “What a ridiculous question!” she responded.
Seacrest attempted to justify his inquiry by stating that “the L.A. Times reported that Halle Berry did” (rehearse in her shoes, that is). But that tidbit of information didn’t sway ScarJo. “Well, I did not,” the actress responded. “I couldn’t imagine having to put these on two days in a row.”
The exchange is a perfect example of the necessity of the #AskHerMore movement, a campaign started by The Representation Project in 2014 that “inspires people to call out sexist reporting and suggest ways to re-focus on women’s achievements.” Championed by celebrities including Reese Witherspoon and Shonda Rhimes, it pushes for Hollywood (and beyond) to ask women more substantial questions, rather than simply “what” or “who” she’s wearing—or, in this case, what she wore to rehearsal.
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