#WomanOfInterest – Scarlett Johansson

May 29th, 2019 by Elizabeth Radabaugh

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett JohanssonEveryone loves an awesome superhero, and the Black Widow is no exception! Way before she started portraying the Marvel Heroin, Scarlett Johansson was dancing for her family in her living room.


Destined For The Spotlight

The Big Apple welcomed Scarlett to the world on November 22, 1984. It wasn’t long before Scarlett dreamed of her future in the spotlight, and her architect father and producer mother couldn’t be more supportive. She performed song-and-dance routines for her family, watched as much musical theater as possible, and even took tap dance lessons. Scarlett would often practice acting by staring in the mirror until she made herself cry! It wasn’t long before she and her siblings were in front of talent agencies trying to get their big break. She started acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. ScarlettAt 8 years old, she landed her first on-stage role. Scarlett had one line in the Off-Broadway production of Sophistry with Ethan Hawke! She was hooked and worked even harder, enrolling at the Professional Children’s School, a private school for child actors in NYC. At 9 years old, Scarlett landed her first film role as John Ritter’s daughter in North. Scarlett knew acting was what she was born to do!


A Hard-Working Teenager

As Scarlett ventured into her teenage years, she landed more and more roles. At 13 years old, she appeared alongside her brother in Manny & Lo. Her performance landed great reviews, with critic, Mick LaSallesaying, “If she can get through puberty with that (peaceful) aura undisturbed, she could become an important actress. This role landed her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female. Scarlett JohanssonOnly 2 years later, Scarlett appeared in The Horse Whisperer with an “introducing” credit. Her portrayal of an injured teenager landed her a nomination for Chicago Film Critics Association Award For Most Promising Actress. Scarlett continued to work hard all through high school, ultimately appearing in 12 films. She applied to NYU’s Tisch School Of The Arts, but was ultimately rejected. Scarlett took this as a sign that she should just focus on her film career instead of going to school.


From Teenager To Adult

Scarlett hit the ground running after graduation in order to prove that she can play adult roles. In 2003, the year after she graduated, she appeared in Lost In Translation as well as Girl With A Pearl EarringLost In Translation ultimately earned $119 million at the box office. Both films rewarded Scarlett with multiple positive reviews. The audience and critics alike were pleasantly pleased with her ability to connect emotionally with her characters. Anthony Lane said about her role in Girl With A Pearl Earring, “she is often wordless and close to plain onscreen, but wait for the ardor with which she can summon a closeup and bloom under its gaze; this is her film, not Vermeer’s, all the way.” Both performances landed her nominations for Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress. Scarlett JohanssonShe also won the BAFTA Award For Best Actress In A Leading Role for Lost In Translation. These two roles cemented Scarlett in Hollywood and she continued to book movie after movie, including, A Love Song For Bobby Long, in which she earned a Golden Globe Award For Best Actress In A Drama.


Back To The Stage

It wasn’t until 2010, after Scarlett had appeared in a total of 29 movies, that she headed back to the stage to make her Broadway Debut. She appeared in the 2010 revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge. The audiences and critics alike fell in love with Scarlett’s portrayal of an orphaned teenager. Her performance won her the 2010 Tony Award For Best Performance By A Featured Actress In A Play. In 2013, she took to the stage again in the Broadway revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.


From Human To Superhero

Scarlett JohanssonIn 2010, Scarlett appeared in her first film as the Marvel character, Black Widow, in Iron Man 2. Scarlett worked hard to fit the role perfectly, even dying her hair red to convince the director, Jon Favreau, that she was the correct choice. She started stunt and strength training in order to be ready for the performance. While her first appearance was not initially loved by the audience, she continued to portray the character in the Marvel Universe. In 2012, she appeared in The Avengers, going so far as to call a former teacher on the phone to teach her Russian. Her performance landed her two Teen Choice Awards and three People’s Choice Awards. She continued to appear in Marvel films, ultimately ending up in 3 of them, giving young girls around the world a strong female role model to look up to. All while playing the crime-fighting heroin, Scarlett continued to work hard on many other famous movies, including Her, Don Jon, Chef, Hail Caesar!, The Jungle Book, and Isle Of Dogs. She has had an extremely impressive career and it’s nowhere near from over!


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Elizabeth Radabaugh is the StarQuest Social Media Production Assistant. She loves everything Disney and delicious.