Scarlett Johansson’s working parent struggle

February 9, 2017 GMT

Scarlett Johansson is “barely holding it together” as a working parent.

The ‘Ghost in the Shell’ star - who has two-year-old daughter Rose with husband Romain Dauriac - thinks being a mother is both an “incredible challenge and an incredible gift” and she often feels guilty about neglecting the different aspects of her life.

She told ‘Entertainment Tonight’: “I don’t profess to know anything about parenting, anything more than anybody else, [but] being a working mom is an incredible challenge, [and] it’s an incredible gift.

“I think you always feel a little bit of guilt... If you’re at work, you feel like you’re missing out on those special moments with your kid. If you’re with your kid, you feel like you’re not giving enough to your job. It’s a balance.

“I have a lot of huge admiration for working moms. I’m barely, barely holding it together.”

Scarlett’s marriage has been rumoured to be in trouble, and she brought her mother, Melanie Sloan, along as her date to the amfAR New York Gala on Wednesday (02.08.17).

And the 32-year-old beauty couldn’t have thought of anyone “better” to take along to the event.

She said: “I really couldn’t think of anybody else that I’d rather [have] with me here tonight.

″[She’s] been incredibly inspiring for me in many, many ways, but certainly as a young girl.

“She never shielded us from what was going on in the zeitgeist in culture. She always made us aware, you know, socially aware. She always encouraged us to be politically and socially active, so I couldn’t imagine a better date tonight.”

Scarlett also paid tribute to her mother when she gave a speech at the gala, which was staged to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research, as she recalled her mom’s close friendship with a man who died of the disease at a time when it was a “taboo subject mostly whispered about.”

She also discussed the challenges her mother and father faced as working parents.

She said: “A night out on the town was a rare luxury for my parents who were probably trying to connect with one another and themselves.

“No small feat for parents of four living in New York City.”