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Scarlett Johansson explains her nude photos

Scarlett Johansson is comfy in her own skin — even, apparently, when more skin than she ever intended to show ends up all over the Internet thanks to a hacker who could wind up in prison for 100 years.

"I know my best angles," she quipped in an interview to go with the December cover of Vanity Fair, responding to the inevitable questions about last month's nude photo scandal.

And while it was obvious Johansson preferred talking about her craft (winning her first Tony, making her first blockbuster hit, etc.), rather than her, er.... Anyway, she actually filled in quite a few blanks on the subject, including why she took X-rated pictures of herself in the first place.

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"Those are old, from three years ago," the "We Bought a Zoo" star told VF. "They were sent to my husband."

Her husband at the time, of course, being Ryan Reynolds. They filed for divorce last December after two years of marriage.

"There's nothing wrong with that," Johansson continued (refering to the pics, not the divorce). "It's not like I was shooting a porno — although there's nothing wrong with that either."

Nor was there anything wrong with her dating Sean Penn for five months, with the actress informing her interviewer that the two-time Oscar winner never tied her to a chair, as he is rumored to have done with ex-wife Madonna.

She admits that she "didn't know what to do" with herself when her Tony-winning run on Broadway in "A View From the Bridge" ended last year, as she had had a "very public separation."

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"It was difficult. I was very uncomfortable," Johansson said.

One guy Johansson still sounds happy to stand beside these days is Barack Obama, whom she campaigned for back in 2008.

"When we were stumping for him, part of his platform was his wish to bring both parties together," she responded to a question about the president's administration being a disappointment so far. "People wanted to end this partisanship and thought we'd all hold hands and dance around the Maypole. But it doesn't work like that.... We're all guilty of being idealists, I and everyone who voted for him."

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    Lovebirds

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    'Don Jon' stars

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    New man

    Johansson and her fiance Romain Dauriac attend the "Under the Skin" premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Cinema in Venice, Italy, on Sept. 3, 2013.

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    Hero worship

    Johansson and actor Chris Evans attend Marvel Studios' "Thor: The Dark World," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," and "Guardians of The Galaxy" during Comic-Con International at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel on July 20, 2013.

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    An 'A' for effort

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    Blonde bombshell

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    Getting political

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    Golden glow

    Johansson appeared in a mermaid tail dress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit on May 7, 2012.

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    All buttoned up

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    Fashion sense

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    Honored on Broadway

    Johansson, right, accepts the award from actress Katie Holmes for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her work in "A View From the Bridge" at the 64th annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York on June 13, 2010.

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    Blind sided?

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    Star of stage, too

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    In fashionable company

    Johansson poses with Italian designers Domenico Dolce, right, and Stefano Gabbana upon arrival for the opening of the photo exhibition "Extreme Beauty in Vogue" on March 2, 2009 at the Palazzo della Ragione in Milan.

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    In full flower

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    Simply lovely

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    In good company

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    Spirited performance

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    Two years was enough

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    Back with Woody

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    Red carpet 'Girl'

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    Quite a kiss

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    Getting the 'Scoop'

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    Femme fatale

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    Magic time

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    All's Fair

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    Lady in red

    Johansson arrives at the Golden Globes in January 2006, a nominee for best supporting actress in a drama. The award went to Michelle Williams, but Johansson made some news when E! correspondent Isaac Mizrahi squeezed her breasts on the air.

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    On the runway

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    High intensity

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    Allen's town

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    Do you have a 'Match'?

    Johansson was uniformly praised for her work in Woody Allen's "Match Point," in which she plays an American actress who has an affair with her fiance's friend, played by Jonathan Rhys-Myers. Johansson, in turn, had nothing but praise for director Allen.

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    No looking back

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    Speaking of 'Bay'-watch

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    No Hassel at all

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    Hats off

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    Sorrowful 'Song'

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    'Pearl' girl

    A face Vermeer could love: Johansson again dazzled viewers with her portrayal of Griet, the presumably fictional inspiration for the famed Flemish painter's masterwork. Following directly on "Lost in Translation," this role again convinced critics of Johansson's potential as a serious actress.

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    My dinner with Scarlett

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    'Freak'-ing out

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    Getting a leg up

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Johansson (who in the meantime will be campaigning for NYC mayoral candidate Scott Springer) said she'd work for Obama again, calling it "irresponsible not to," and maybe-joked that she'd move to New Zealand if either Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann wins the 2012 election.

While on the subject of thinking ahead, Johansson also mentioned having kids in the world we currently inhabit ("I wonder if there's even going to be space for my kids," she said) and suggested that maybe it's time already to write her obituary.

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"Somebody, I just read the other day, wrote their own obituary," she remarked. "I think that's a great idea.... Why not get a head start?"

Yeah, we're going to pass on that, if she doesn't mind.

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