Scarlett Johansson Uses Work As Therapy

2011 was a tough year for actress Scarlett Johansson and luckily for her, therapy is never very far behind.

That’s because Johansson considers work for therapy and it helps her escape the problems of her personal life.

“There’s a community on film sets and in this industry,” she said on the “Today” show Monday. “It would seem kind of cut-throat, but for me, I’ve been in the industry for 20 years and it has that familial kind of feel.”

“When I’m working, I can’t focus on anything but the job at hand, and I think that’s some kind of therapy.”

The 27-year-old actress who famously split from her husband of two years, Ryan Reynolds, in June also gave credit to other people around her and helping her get through these tough times.

“I’ve been really fortunate. I’ve found that I had – even in times of crisis – a lot of love around me, and people have come out of all different dark corners to support,” she said of the trying months following the divorce.

“That’s been a really beautiful thing. And I think I’ve also learned to be much more tolerant and much more patient.”

Johansson’s comments on her life come at the same time that her former husband, Ryan Reynolds is moving quickly in his relationship with his “Green Lantern” costar Blake Lively.

Also earlier this year the actress faces scandal when a hacker released nude photographs of her he allegedly got from her cell phone.

With all this going on in her life Johansson isn’t afraid to take on anything professionally or personally that may come her way in 2012.

“You just have to kind of embrace it,” she said of dealing with life’s surprises. “For me, the most important thing is that it doesn’t affect my work and it doen’t affect my private life as much as possible.

“If I could keep that bubble around myself during my work, that is really what’s most important for me.”

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