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OTRC: Scarlett Johansson on 'We Bought A Zoo' love story: 'I didn't expect to be crying'

Scarlett Johansson chats to OnTheRedCarpet.com in December 2011 about finally getting to work with director Cameron Crowe in 'We Bought A Zoo.'

Scarlett Johansson admits she found one of the unexpected love stories at the heart of "We Bought A Zoo" moving.

The actress stars as Kelly Foster in the film, a zookeeper who helps Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) run his recently purchased zoo. The movie is based on the true story of Mee and his family, who run the Dartmoor Zoological Park in England. Elle Fanning also stars in the movie as Foster's young cousin who has a crush on Mee's son Dylan, played by Colin Ford.

"I didn't expect to be crying. I mean, when you make a film, you don't expect to be watching it and, you know, you know what's coming but I actually found myself really moved by it," Johansson told OnTheRedCarpet.com special correspondent George Pennacchio of KABC Television.

"One of the relationships I thought was really moving, which kind of surprised me and I didn't expect it, was between Colin and Elle's characters and that love story," she added. "There's something just about it that feels very organic and profound. That first love."

Johansson continued, "The way they play it ... they're so delicate with it. I don't know I found it to be moving myself."

The actress also admitted that she's been trying to nab a role in a film by "We Bought A Zoo" director Cameron Crowe. The writer and director is known for films like "Jerry Maguire" and "Almost Famous."

"I've been auditioning for Cameron for, like, 10 years and he's known me since I was, I think I was like 14 or 15," Johansson said. "You know, to finally be able to work with him and collaborate and experience the world that he creates -- with all this space and room for all of us to kind of, as actors, to just explore and try things and throw things out and he's playing music during takes and after them and before them and feeding you lines and, you know, feeding your motivations -- it's a really beautiful, artistic collaboration that happens on his sets and, you know, I, like you, always look forward to whatever he's working on."

"We Bought A Zoo" hit theaters on December 23. Check out the trailer below.

Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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