Scarlett Johansson reveals hopes for motherhood

Dec 23, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. ET

We Bought a Zoo star Scarlett Johansson sits down with SheKnows to chat about the film, her beastly co-star Matt Damon, and her plans for the future.

It's doubtful you'll ever find a zookeeper as attractive as Scarlett Johansson, but when the actress goes head to head with the beasts in We Bought a Zoo, you begin to believe she can tame lions with the best of them.

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"We'd be standing there at 6 a.m. every morning staring at three tigers and they'd be staring back at us and we're like, 'This is crazy,'" Scarlett told SheKnows. "It was quite surreal."

Scarlett Johansson with kids in We Bought a Zoo

Momma Scar Jo

Scarlett says she would like to have little ones of her own one day.

Scarlett plays Kelly Foster in the flick, head zookeeper and love interest of Matt Damon who plays a widowed dad. Like her character in the movie, Scarlett says she was quite swept away by Matt's charm.

"He's incredible, generous, warm, sort of mischievous and boyishly charming," Scarlett told us. "He's just everything you could want in a scene partner. Matt is a beast."

In the film, Scarlett's character is absolutely consumed with her animals, preventing much time for a social life. We asked Scarlett if she has the same problem as a top actress.

"There's always time for a social life," said Scarlett. "I love to hang out with my friends and go out and see music and movies. I have to make time for that, otherwise I'd lose my mind."

Scarlett, whose divorce from actor Ryan Reynolds was just finalized this July, noticeably didn't mention a relationship as a top priority. Still, the actress says she would like to settle down again one day.

"I'd like to have a couple little ones running around," Scarlett told SheKnows. "No time soon, but eventually it would be nice to have a family."

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