Scarlett Johansson, 26, "Smitten" With Sean Penn, 50

Celebrity News Feb. 10, 2011 AT 7:58AM
Scarlett Johansson, 26, "Smitten" With Sean Penn, 50 Credit: Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com; Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

That was fast.

Just weeks after announcing her split with hubby Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson, 26, has a new leading man in her life -- Academy-Award winning actor Sean Penn, 50!

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A source tells the new issue of Us Weekly (on stands now) that the duo began their fling in early January when she was staying at L.A.'s Chateau Marmont while filming We Bought a Zoo with Matt Damon.

"Their first hook-up was in Scarlett's Bungalow," says the insider.

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Nearly twice her age, the Milk star might seem an odd choice for Johansson, but the source points out that a common cause brought them together.

"Scarlett first reached out to Sean when she was planning to visit Haiti with Oxfam," says the source. "She knew Sean was living there in a tent and turned to him for advice."

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While the actress didn't end up going on the trip, she did develop feelings for Penn (who split from wife Robin Wright after 14 years of marriage last August).

"Scarlett's smitten with him," the insider says.

For more on Johansson and Penn's budding romance -- including details on how they fooled partygoers at L.A.'s Sunset Tower Hotel in February -- pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now!

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