Scarlett Johansson preferred kissing Penelope Cruz to Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

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The blonde beauty – who announced her engagement to Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds earlier this year – admits the highly-anticipated kiss for Vicky Cristina Barcelona was more pleasurable than she thought it would be.

She said: “Everybody wants to know what it was like. Penelope had less facial hair than a guy so it was certainly more pleasant. It was better than kissing Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Match Point.

“Kissing him wasn’t that bad, but he did have to stop and shave in the middle of a scene even though he’d shaved that morning. The man has really got some beard on him!”

Scarlett – who has worked with Woody Allen on three movies so far – also revealed she would “do anything” if it meant she could work with the esteemed director again in the future.

She added to “I worship Woody and I’d do anything in one of his movies.”

The 23-year-old actress said she has learnt a lot about herself since she started dating Definitely, Maybe star Ryan.

She said: “I’m so fortunate to be in a very solid and comfortable relationship. I’m in a good place in my life right now. I’m a really big believer in loving yourself before you can give love to somebody else.

“The healthiest and most inspiring relationships are the ones where you’re so comfortable with the other person that you actually learn more about yourself that you could never appreciate before.”