Guest of the Armchair Expert podcast, Scarlett Johansson returned to the start of her career. At the time just major, she had the impression of being hypersexualized by the industry.
Scarlett Johansson’s career speaks for itself. The actress started in front of the cameras when she was only 17 years old. It’s as Charlotte, the character she played in Lost in translation by Sofia Coppola, which 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 podcast Armchair Expert, she has indeed explained that she missed several roles because of the image that people had of her.
“I kind of became an object and was typecast that way, regretted Scarlett Johansson. I felt like I wasn’t getting job offers for roles I wanted to do. I remember thinking, ‘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 playing for a long time, I got stuck in this weird hypersexualized thing”, added the actress, who regrets that things happened this way when she was only in her twenties. At that time, moreover, Scarlett Johansson confides that she had “fear” 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 in their twenties. It feels like they’re allowed to be all these different things, she continued in this podcast. It is also another era. We don’t even have the right to rank other actors anymore, thankfully, do we? People are much more dynamic than before.” After dying from the poster at 17, Scarlett Johansson played a seductress in the psychological thriller Match Point in 2005, when she was just 19 years old.
The film’s director, Woody Allen, was later criticized after calling it a “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 trying to figure out how to get out of the role of the ingenue or the ‘other woman’, because it was never what I had plannedshe confided in 2019. I was very sexualized, which at the time seemed acceptable to everyone. It was a different era.”
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Scarlett Johansson confides in her very young hypersexualization: “I became in a way an object”