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Scarlett Johansson Feeds Hungry Children

2009 WebMD Health Hero Scarlett Johansson is on a mission to feed hungry kids for a very personal reason. She used to be one of them.
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This 24/7 attitude that infuses Johansson's philanthropic work is something she's learned from her own hero, Bono, who recruited her to work with (RED) the first time they met.

"He's used his star power to be the voice of millions of people, and he incorporates it into everything he does. When he's in concert, he talks to the audience and projects the images of what he's seen in his charity work on a huge screen in front of 25,000 people," she says. "His outreach is huge, and it's constant; it's just a way of life for him."

Scarlett Johansson and Iron Man 2

Even when talking about her latest movie -- Iron Man 2, slated for release in 2010, in which she does all her own stunts as the Russian femme fatale Black Widow opposite Robert Downey Jr. -- Johansson inevitably steers the conversation around to someone else's challenges.

"It was a whole new world for me, but I built a lot of strength, that's for sure. Working on the wires and being suspended in the air, you throw one wrong kick or punch and, yeah, you're out of whack," she says. "But once you're working with the stunt crew and they're going through the craziest stuff, you feel bad about complaining that your knee has been blue for three months. The guys doing the stunts in those Iron Man suits, they can't move in it and can't take it off. I'd say, 'Have you peed today?' and they're like, 'No, we can't move, we can't take it off, we can't drink any water.'"

In September, Johansson auctioned off two tickets to join her on the red carpet for Iron Man 2's April premiere -- all proceeds going to Oxfam. Working on the film was "a total dream come true" for her. "I was such a fan of the first movie," she says. "It's just super action packed, and I'm so geeked out about it. Jon Favreau, the director, is also super geeked out about it, so we're in it together." To demonstrate her geeked-out-ness, Johansson happily joined Favreau to promote the film at the ultimate geekfest, San Diego's Comic-Con, in July.

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