Scarlett Johansson thinks her career could have taken a different direction had she continued to play “bombshell-like” roles. The 38-year-old actress sat down for a rare podcast interview on Table for two with Bruce Bozzi and recognized how 2003 lost in translation put it on a certain trajectory.
“It was kind of my transition into my adult career,” recalls Johansson, who made his film debut at age 9. “I had a hard time doing lost in translation. I was 17, I was away, I was working with Bill Murray who I was a big fan of and he obviously has a really big personality and sometimes he’s a great character. Our characters have this kind of real love for each other, this deep connection, and it was hard for me — I struggled with that for different reasons.”
Weeks after finishing Sofia Coppola’s romantic comedy-drama, Johansson continued filming pearl girl alongside Colin Firth. After finishing both films, Johansson felt like he was in a “strange fever dream”.
“Young girls like that are really objectified and that’s just a fact,” Johansson said at one point, explaining how her career started with “that ingenuous path.”
“I did it lost in translation and pearl girl and at that point, I was 18, 19, and I was stepping into my own femininity and learning about my own desirability and sexuality. I think it was because of this trajectory that I had kind of been launched into — I got really stuck,” Johansson told Bozzi on the podcast, which is co-produced by iHeartMedia and Air Mail. was kind of groomed, in a way, to be what you call a bombshell type actor. I was playing the other woman and the object of desire and suddenly found myself stuck in this place like I couldn’t get out. It was around this time that I met Bryan.”
Johansson is referring to CAA partner and co-chair Bryan Lourd. The actress credits the powerful agent, who is married to Bozzi, with changing her career.
“It would be easy to sit across from someone in that situation and say, ‘It works,'” she said. “But for this kind of bomb, you know, that burns bright and fast, and then it’s done and you don’t have an opportunity beyond that. And I just thought, how does it burn if fast?being in it, but it really came down to doing work – working in it and trying to carve out your place in different projects and working in big ensembles.
An “incredible opportunity” that presented itself was the second Iron Man film.
“That part at the time was very underdeveloped and oversexualized, but I wanted to build a relationship with Jon Favreau, who I worked with a few times afterwards, who is an inspiration to me. And I wanted also working with Kevin Feige, who is the head of Marvel, who I knew had a big picture, which people forget back then, that genre wasn’t what it is now.” , continued Johansson. “The first one Iron Man with Robert Downey caused a sensation, it was unheard of.”
Johansson is now one of Hollywood’s highest-earning stars and has been nominated for an Oscar twice since teaming up with Lourd. While some may think the golden statue is his dream, Johansson’s ultimate goal may come as a surprise.
“I really love producing and I love producing other people’s stuff,” she said. “My ideal job is a corner desk on the Disney lot.”
Johansson sued Disney last year for simultaneously releasing Black Widow in theaters and on its Disney+ streaming platform, claiming the move violated its contract. The two reached a confidential settlement estimated at around $40 million. Looks like there’s only water on deck.
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