No regrets: Scarlett Johansson, pictured here in June, has opened up about her failed marriage to Ryan Reynolds
And the 27-year-old Avengers star has put a positive spin on the relationship by telling U.S. Cosmopolitan she has no regrets about marrying The Proposal actor.
'I'm a big believer that when something feels right, you should do it,' Johansson says of her 2008 wedding.
'I'm a big believer in instinct. Getting married was the right thing to do because it was natural.
'It grew out of a romance and love and a desire to have a future with somebody and I was very fortunate that I married somebody who turned out to be the person I thought he would be.'
Johansson does admit, however, that marriage to the 35-year-old wasn't as easy as she thought it would be.
'Relationships are complicated,' she says, 'and being married is a living, breathing process.
'I think I was not fully aware of the peaks and valleys. I wasn't prepared to hunker down and do the work.'
The couple's divorce was finalised in July 2011, just two months shy of their third wedding anniversary.
She explains the breakdown of their relationship, saying: 'Both of us were extremely busy.
'We spent so much time apart. It's very difficult. It's bad.'
But the actress says she has no regrets about getting married.
Fond memories: The actress with Ryan, whom she divorced this year after less than three years of marriage
'It was the best thing I ever did.'
She says she learned a lot from her failed married. Johansson says: 'You have to be very confident and solid within yourself to have a successful marriage.'
Following a brief relationship with actor Sean Penn, the Lost In Translation star is currently single.
'I've never been single for a chunk of time before,' she says.
'You miss having a partner and a confidant, but I have to say, I'm appreciating having the time to get to know myself.'
Cover girl: A flame-haired Scarlett Johansson appears in the January issue of U.S. Cosmopolitan
'It's the worst story ever,' she says. 'That story will haunt me for my whole life.
'If you have ever been in that elevator you know it's like 31/2 seconds from one floor to another. It's crazy.
'But anyway a journalist asked me about this rumour and I was 19 or 20.
'I didn't realise how sarcasm would come off and I said something like: 'I don't know, I would find that very unsanitary'.
'And the guy printed that and at the end he wrote: 'Which isn't to say that she denied it'.
'So of course, other outlets ran with it!
'I hate that it's become, like, Hollywood lore, but what are you going to do?'
Another thing that Johansson is trying to move away from is the sexpot image she portrays onscreen.
She says: 'As a 19-year-old girl I was very eager to play into that.
'Why not? You're 19 and you're feeling fabulous and young. I don't know that I could have sold myself as a character actor at 19.'
But now she says she is trying to shy away from roles that focus on her curves.
'It's nice for people to think you're attractive,' the 5ft 4 actress says.
'But I was never, like, a model or anything.
'I think because I wasn't 90lbs [6st 6lbs] I was suddenly this "bombshell" and "hourglass" and all those things, but I never wanted to make my career off that.'
Now Johansson says she is focusing less on roles about 'being an object of desire.'
The Iron Man 2 star says: 'I've been turned off by that.
'Everything I've been doing in the past year involves characters that the last thing on their mind is finding Mr Right or being taken care of.'