Scarlett Johansson spoke about feeling objectified and pigeonholed in the early stages of her acting career in Hollywood, describing herself as “hypersexualized” and perceived as older than she actually was by industry professionals, which prevented her from getting the roles she wanted. During an appearance on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, the Black Widow star, now 37 years old, revealed that she felt like she wasn’t being offered work for the things she wanted to do and recalled thinking to herself, “I think people think I’m 40 years old.”
Scarlett Johansson reflected on the early stages of her acting career in Hollywood, describing feeling “hypersexualized” and “pigeonholed.” She explained that because people thought she was older and had been acting for a long time, she was put into this weird hypersexualized thing. The runway is not long on that, so it was scary at that time. However, she noted that things in the industry appear to be changing for the better.
Paraphrased: The actress, aged 37, revealed that she felt objectified and pigeonholed in her career, making it difficult to receive job offers for the projects she was truly interested in. Looking at younger actors in their twenties, she sees a new era where they have more opportunities to play diverse roles. She noted that the industry has changed, and actors are no longer limited to specific types of characters. The blonde starlet began her career as a child actor but rose to fame at 17 years old playing Charlotte in the 2003 Sofia Coppola film, Lost in Translation, alongside Bill Murray. Her performance earned her a BAFTA Award for Best Actress.
Hypersexualized: The beauty commented that she got kind of pigeonholed into this weird hypersexualized thing because everyone thought she was older and that she’d been acting for a long time. In the romantic comedy, she plays a young wife who’s left alone at the Tokyo Park Hyatt by her photographer husband and befriends a middle-aged movie star (Murray) who’s there shooting a Whiskey commercial. They consolidate their loneliness together and even share a kiss at one point. The young beauty then went on to play a seductress in the 2005 psychological thriller Match Point, when she was just 19 years old, starring alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who was 27 at the time.
Johansson first rose to fame at the age of 17, starring alongside Bill Murray in the romantic drama Lost in Translation. Despite being five years younger than her character’s age, she received critical acclaim for her performance. However, controversy arose when the film’s director Woody Allen referred to her as “sexually radioactive” in his memoir. Since then, Johansson has starred in numerous notable films and will next be seen in the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated actress Kristen Scott Thomas, titled My Mother’s Wedding. Scott Thomas is known for her roles in critically acclaimed films such as The English Patient with Ralph Fiennes and Four Weddings and a Funeral with Hugh Grant.
At a very young age, the actress starred as a seductress in the 2005 thriller Match Point when she was only 19 years old. She appeared alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who was 27 years old at the time. A still from the movie Match Point shows the two actors in character.
Oh no! The director of the controversial film, Woody Allen, who is 86 years old, recently caused controversy when he referred to her as “sexually radioactive” in his memoir “Apropos of Nothing”. The film is based on Elizabeth Jane Howard’s 1959 novel of the same name, which centers on the famous London playwright Emmanuel and his sickly wife Lillian – who has never truly buried the memory of the couple’s late daughter Sarah. The pair’s rocky marriage takes a surprise turn when they travel to a remote Greek island. Although it is assumed that Scarlett will be playing Lillian, details for her role have yet to be confirmed.
Coming up next is a new feature-length drama titled “My Mother’s Wedding,” directed by Kristin Scott Thomas, featuring the blonde bombshell Johansson in 2021.