09/22/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Woody Allen: Scarlett Johansson Is Not My Muse

LOS ANGELES -- For years, Scarlett Johansson has been dubbed Woody Allen's, muse and while the veteran director greatly admires his "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" starlet, he made it quite clear to Pop Tarts that Johansson is not his central source of inspiration.

"It is silly -- she's in no way my muse, but she is one of the great American actresses," Allen said at the film's recent Los Angeles premiere.

And while the newly engaged Johansson said she hasn't started planning her wedding to Ryan Reynolds just yet, she did tell Pop Tarts that learning to love another special somebody was the first challenge she had to overcome before committing herself to someone else.

"I'm just a big believer in 'you must love yourself before you can love anybody else,' and I think for me that breeds the most inspired relationships," Scarlett said. "It's hard for me to have any proclamation about the right kind of love or how to love, because relationships are so complicated and there are so many ways to love. On one hand, there's obsessive love and committed love and the love that friends just have for one another."

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