Scarlett Johansson felt “violated and vulnerable” after her nude photos were leaked online.
The 27-year-old ‘We Bought a Zoo’ actress – who took the snaps for then-husband Ryan Reynolds – admits she even suspected friends of stealing the images before she learned it was the work of a hacker.
She said: “It was really terrible; I felt absolutely violated. I wasn’t really aware of how vulnerable all of us are, but I think everybody is just discovering that now, especially with the recent phone-hacking scandals.
“Being hacked made me feel more vulnerable than I ever had previously. I couldn’t figure it out. For a while, I thought it must be someone that I knew who was posting these pictures of me and that was making me incredibly paranoid.
"I was looking around at all of my friends, who I have known for 20 years, wondering who the backstabber was. So to find out it wasn’t a friend who hacked in was a relief, oddly.”
Another major impact on her life was her December 2010 divorce from Reynolds – an experience she believes forced her to grow emotionally.
She explained to Stylist magazine: “I think life throws you a lot of curve balls and you’re constantly learning to change and be more tolerant of things.
"I think I’m in that place now where things that I thought I knew, I actually didn’t. And I’m more willing to admit that I was wrong, and to change my perspective and route.
She continued: “No matter what you do, when something is thrown at you that is unexpected, I think you have to reassess where you are at. If the goals you’ve always had are still the same now, then it’s important to keep working towards them.
“It’s not about feeling helpless; it’s about accepting your own fate and owning it, but not allowing it to affect your dreams or your goals.”