Scarlett Johansson’s career speaks for itself. The actress started in front of the cameras when she was only 17 years old. It was as Charlotte, the character she embodied in Lost in translation by Sofia Coppola, that she became known to the general public. Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Barely Major Actress, Scarlett Johansson continued to shoot for the biggest and play roles in blockbusters. But why, she went through complicated times when she started in the film industry. In the Armchair Expert podcast, she explained that she missed several roles because of the image people had of her.
“I kind of became an object and I was cataloged that way, regretted Scarlett Johansson. I felt like I was not getting job offers for roles I wanted to do. I remember being like, ‘I think people think I’m 40’.” According to her, the film industry has always aged her. “Because I think everyone thought I was older and had been acting for a long time, I got stuck in this weird hypersexualized thing,” added the comedian, who regrets that things happened that way when She was only in her twenties. At that time, moreover, Scarlett Johansson confides that she was “afraid” to continue on this path.
Scarlett Johansson: ‘It was really difficult for me’
Fortunately, the rest of Scarlett Johansson’s career lived up to her talent. And it is with a fresh look that she looks at what is happening today. According to her, moreover, things are changing slowly but the cinema is undergoing a profound change. “Now I see younger actors who are in their twenties. It feels like they’re allowed to be all these different things, she continued in this podcast. It’s also a different time. we’re not even allowed to rank other actors anymore, thankfully, are we? People are much more dynamic than before.” After breaking the bill at 17, Scarlett Johansson played a seductress in the psychological thriller Match Point in 2005, when she was just 19.
The film’s director, Woody Allen, later came under fire after calling her “sexually radioactive” in his memoir, About Nothing. In the Hollywood Reporter already, she made remarks about the hypersexualization from which she suffered at the start of her career. “Even though it wasn’t part of my own story, it was designed for me probably by a bunch of guys in the industry. And I guess it worked at the time, but it was really hard for me to try to figure out how to get out of the role of the ingenue or the ‘other woman’, because it was never what I had planned, she confided in 2019. I was very sexualized, which which at that time seemed acceptable to everyone. It was a different time.”
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