Scarlett Johansson always looks for ''creative'' partners.

The 'Hitchcock' actress was married to fellow actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011 and has since been linked to Sean Penn, advertising executive Nate Naylor and journalist Romain Dauriac, and says the most important thing for her is that her partner has a creative streak.

She said: ''It's nice that [fellow actors] can relate and it's nice you have a shorthand when you're talking about work, but that can also be monotonous. For me, most importantly, I look for a partner who is creative. I like people who have a colourful way of looking at things, that are inspiring and like art, music and film.''

Scarlett, 28, also says the best friends she has are the ones she has known from when she wasn't famous, when she was growing up a working class girl.

She added in an interview with the February edition of Britain's ELLE magazine: ''I have friends I've made as I've got older, but the majority of my closest friends I've known since I was a kid. And a lot of them are still dependent [on welfare]. I also think living in New York keeps you pretty grounded. I'm not particularly fancy.''