Colin Jost says his mother was ‘slightly thrown’ by the name of her son with Scarlett Johansson

Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson’s decision to go by a remarkable name for their son took some getting used to, especially for a family member.

The “Saturday Night Live” star revealed during a performance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on Thursday that his mother was “slightly thrown” by the couple who named their first child together Cosmo and that she “did not quite understand it.”

“I don’t know if she thought it was a bit like a hippie thing,” Jost said. “She would call us and say, after you know, like three or four days, she would be like, ‘Cosmo.‘”

“She would be like, ‘And now it’s finally? Did you like e.g. The birth certificate? ‘And we say,’ Oh yeah, we did that in the hospital, ” Jost said.

“She was like, ‘OK, interesting. Because I read that there is also a name Cosimo with an ‘i’, so that could also be a possibility. Maybe you call him Cosimo – that’s his real name – but then you can still call him Cosmo, “he added.

Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson participate in the world premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles.


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Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson will participate in the world premiere of “Avengers: Endgame” on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles.

Jost said his mother came to the unique moniker when she met “various members of the Italian community who have many Cosmo relatives.”

“Then she called and she said, ‘I met someone. They said their uncle’s name is Cosmo. So it’s OK, ”joked the“ SNL ”star. “Then she says, ‘There’s a patron saint named Cosmos, so that’s another option.'”

Johansson and Jost also decided to pass on this proposal, as Jost joked that the two “do not need more inferior options or variants on Cosmo.”

The “Black Widow” actor and “A Very Punchable Face” writer first met on “SNL” in 2006, though they did not remarry romantically until 2017. The two dated for three years before getting engaged in 2019 and later dating knot in October 2020.

Jost confirmed in August that the newlyweds welcomed their first child. Johansson also has a daughter, Rose Dorothy, from her previous marriage to French journalist Romain Dauriac.

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