Let’s face it: The teen years were filled with questionable decisions for all of us, even award-winning actresses like Scarlett Johansson. In a recent interview with The Cut, the Black Widow herself gets real about the habit she wished she ditched as a kid and reflects on the effects of her piercing phase.
“I wish I didn’t pick my skin so much when I was younger, I could’ve avoided so much scarring and drama,” Johansson said when asked about her biggest beauty regrets, “It is really hard for me to get over that compulsive need to touch my face a lot or pick my skin.” The actress explains that she struggled with picking her skin immensely as a kid, but benefited a lot from her sister’s honest advice that, in reality, no one is looking at her pores that closely. “It was the simplest advice but really true for me especially because I can get compulsive about my skin.”
Though we might never guess from the star’s clean-cut, mature look, Johansson also revealed to The Cut that her bold, piercing phase in her teens has also left some lasting damage on her complexion. “I had a pretty unfortunate eyebrow piercing when I was 15, which luckily my body rejected—looking back on photographs, it was not as cool as I thought it was.” Though the actress thanks her parents for letting her experiment with her self-expression, she wishes that she had listened to her mom’s advice that an eyebrow piercing was “passé”, since she has struggled with a piercing scar ever since. “Every makeup artist is like, ‘What is this? Did you hit your forehead?’ No, I wish,” she jokes.
No matter how far in the past our teen years may feel, sometimes it’s hard not to think back on our younger selves and cringe a little bit. But, it is comforting to know that even our favorite A-lister’s have struggled with bad habits and bad decisions. We’re here for the honesty, ScarJo.