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Scarlett Johansson: I loved my lizard

Scarlett Johansson's most memorable gift is a pet lizard.

The actress recalled how excited she was at discovering the unexpected present, which was given to her when she was a child.

Scarlett doubts she'll ever get another gift that delighted her as much as her amphibian friend.

"The most memorable Christmas present I ever received was when I was eight. I really wanted a pet lizard for Christmas and my parents said 'no'," Scarlett revealed to elleuk.com. "When Christmas Eve came around, my mom and dad lead me into their bedroom and all the lights were off except a glowing terrarium with my new lizard inside. I was so excited!"

Scarlett celebrated her 28th birthday on the American national holiday of Thanksgiving yesterday.

The star revealed how animals are still a theme that features prominently in her gift wish list to this day.

Now she has found fame and fortune, Scarlett no longer requires any material things for herself and asks people to purchase an animal for those more in need instead.

"I always ask my friends and family to buy a gift from Oxfam Unwrapped," Scarlett explained. "Purchasing an alpaca or a goat or a farm essentials kit for families in need are totally unique gifts that reminds us that giving is receiving."

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