Meow! Scarlett Johansson Struts with a Big Cat

Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson for Vogue

Mario Testino/VOGUE

updated 04/12/2012 AT 4:00 PM ET

originally published 04/12/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET

After a rough year, Scarlett Johansson is ready to step forward confidently with beau Nate Naylor – and a leopard on a leash, just for kicks.

The actress, exuding a purring glamour, was shot with a big cat and her Avengers costar Mark Ruffalo for the May 2012 issue of Vogue by photographer Mario Testino.

Leopards, movies, new love – what more could a girl ask for? “Yeah, everything’s been really great right now,” she says of her life. “It’s been a good time.”

Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson for Vogue

Mario Testino/VOGUE

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