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“I didn’t know what I wanted or needed from somebody else,” she said. “I never realized, ‘Oh, it’s really important for me, I need to be with a compassionate person. That’s a fundamental characteristic that has to be there.’ I think understanding what those fundamental things are that you need in a partner is a must, I think — for longevity, anyway.”

She added, “I think identifying those things was a game-changer for me.”

“She is an open book, but in the way that actors can be, where they sort of tell you both everything and nothing,” the Oscar nominee said. “She’s an enigma. She talks a lot about her past and what drove her. I had a lot of questions about all of that stuff and what it all meant. Wes loves to talk about character nuance.”

Johansson added of director Anderson, “I work well with directors who like to work hard and are precise and relentless. Wes gets excited by the process of repetitive takes and what that brings out of you. It’s almost like you’re doing play rehearsals, but you’re getting it all on film, and I like that kind of work.”