Scarlett Johansson “Terrified” of Cockroaches, Peacocks


Scarlett Johansson knew she would be surrounded by wildlife while shooting We Bought a Zoo, but she didn't anticipate being intimidated by her non-human costars.

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"I'm only scared of birds. Something about wings and beaks and the flapping. I'm terrified of them," the actress, 27, tells New York Magazine's Vulture. "If they'd asked me to put a bird on my shoulder I would've done it, but it would've been hard."

Birds aren't the only animals that make Johansson jump.

"I cannot stand cockroaches," she shudders. "That's one thing I absolutely couldn't do. But that's not really an animal, is it? It's an insect."

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We Bought a Zoo — which stars Matt Damon and Elle Fanning — also features peacocks, which made Johansson uneasy. "I was terrified of them," she says. "Like, 'Ahh, don't get too close.' They're like, mean."

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Johansson isn't averse to all animals, however. "Occasionally sitting on the couch with the dog, you're just like, 'Man, you're the best company. This is bliss.' Just the dog and a nice old movie and you're good to go."

We Bought a Zoo arrives in theaters December 23.

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