Among Hollywood actors today, Scarlett Johansson is among the few who have pretty much done it all. We’re talking about someone who has been starring in films since she was a young girl. Over the years, she’s also turned down and got rejected for certain roles. Of course, we also can’t forget that Johansson is an actress who has starred in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for over 10 years.
And most importantly, Johansson recently had the honor of receiving two Oscar nominations in the same year. Going over her career, here are some tidbits from the set of Johansson’s films:
10 The Horse Whisperer: Director Robert Redford Said She Was A ‘Terrific Find’
According to Film Scouts, Redford once remarked in an interview, “With Scarlett, who plays Anne and Robert’s daughter Grace, was just a terrific find, because the character is at that stage in adolescence which is very tough – for everybody. It’s tough to go through it – and harder to make it credible on-screen.”
Redford cast Johansson for the film when she was just 13 years old, according to reports. Of her work ethic, Redford also said, “She’s smart enough to listen and intelligent enough to take what you say, and make it her own.”
9 Lost In Translation: Director Sofia Coppola Got Her To Do The Underwear Scene By Wearing Them First
“I’d been eating so much Udon, I just thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m so not going to look decent in these [sic] underwear.’ Johansson told LiveAbout. “And she was like, ‘But I understand if you’re uncomfortable.’ She said, ‘Why don’t I try these on for you? You could see how they look…’” This iconic scene in the film was shown in the movie’s opening sequence.
This is pretty much how we got introduced to Johansson’s character, Charlotte, a Yale graduate who ended up traveling to Japan to accompany her husband during his latest assignment.
8 Girl With A Pearl Earring: She Didn’t Get The Part Initially
While speaking with IGN, Johansson revealed, “I actually had to audition for it. I went in for a reading and originally didn’t have the part actually, which I was quite upset about.” As it turns out, the film’s director, Peter Webber, badly wanted Johansson to get cast in the role. However, he didn’t exactly have the clout to make final casting decisions since he was new in the business himself. He explained, “Business intervenes sometimes, especially when you’re a first time [sic] director, you’re not in a position at all to try to get exactly what you want.”
7 The Island: She Found Director Michael Bay ‘Reasonable’ On Set
“Michael has never screamed at me, if I did I would probably scream back. I found Michael to be very reasonable with us,” Johansson told Indie London. “He’s never made me do anything I don’t want to do. He’s been very thoughtful about the fact that Ewan and I are not stunt people.”
As some in Hollywood may know, Bay has a preference to shoot actual action stunts instead of using CGI. That worked out just fine for Johansson. She also explained, “He’s not trying to exhaust us or anything like that. He’s certainly very demanding of the crew…”
6 Match Point: She Suffered From A Swollen Eye And Busted Lips After Filming The Kissing In The Rain Scene
Kissing scenes may seem passionately incredible onscreen. However, they can also be challenging to film, as Johansson as learned firsthand when worked opposite Jonathan Rhys-Meyers on the Woody Allen film Match Point.
While speaking with Movie Web, Johansson revealed they used “movie rain,” which was “freezing cold water” in this case. She added, “And I have a slight weed allergy, and it was just miserable. I had a swollen eye for a couple of days. He [co-star Jonathan Rhys-Meyers] really bit my lip actually. Jonathan busted my lip open and sent me flowers the next day because he felt bad.”
5 Ghost In The Shell: She And Director Rupert Sanders Shared The Same Vision For The Major
“The story that Rupert and I are telling that we kind of agreed inspired us in the beginning,” Johansson told Collider. “You’re playing it as a – it’s not really a person, but it’s a human brain, it’s someone who’s having this life experience.
Which is very different from just ripping stuff off from the manga.” The 2017 film opened to mixed reviews with some accusing the film of whitewashing. Many have also said that the film does little to honor viewers who are already familiar with the character.
4 Her: Joaquin Phoenix Worked With Her During Voice Recordings
“I saw a couple of his takes with Joaquin [Phoenix], and did a little bit of work there,” Johansson told Indie Wire. “But what I thought was going to be four days of recording turned into a really involved process. At times, I would even record with Joaquin, who really made himself available in an amazing way.” In the film, Johansson served as the voice for Samantha who is part of a highly-advanced operating system. The film has earned a 95 percent Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
3 Avengers: Endgame: She Learned About Black Widow’s Death Early On
During Johansson’s interview with The Hollywood Reporter, it was revealed that she knew about her character’s ultimate story arc before they went into production for Avengers: Infinity War. It also was revealed that it was Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige who broke the news to the actress. Johansson explained, “the finality of it was sad, but I was excited to die with honor. It felt in-character that she would sacrifice herself, of course for humanity but actually for her friends, for the people she loves. It was bittersweet.”
2 Jojo Rabbit: Being A Parent Helped Her With Her Performance In The Film
“Being a parent myself was just invaluably helpful to me,” Johansson told People during an interview. “I had empathy for Rosie’s plate that I may not have had insight on otherwise. She was just a joy to play. She’s a warm, lovable character that felt really comfy to me. And I wanted that to come across, that she’s just comfortable and kind of sugary and warm.” Johansson’s performance in this film earned her one of her Oscar nominations.
The film also stars Jojo Rabbit writer and director Taika Waititi who plays an imaginary Adolf Hitler.
1 Marriage Story: She Drew Upon Her Own Divorce And Relationship Experiences To Portray Nicole
“When Noah first came to me, he hadn’t written the script yet, but it was clear that we would be kind of collaborating and work together,” Johansson told The Hollywood Reporter. “He wanted to kind of build this character out of something that came from a real place…” Johansson has previously been married to actor Ryan Reynolds and journalist Romain Dauriac. The actress also shares a daughter, Rose, with Dauriac. She added, “We talked a lot about our past relationships. Nicole is a sum of all of those parts…”