The Hollywood diva has revealed that she was always cast at the beginning of her career for roles in which she had to play the object of male desire. You said it in an interview released during an episode of the US podcast “Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi”
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Scarlett Johansson has revealed she was trained to be a bombshell actress, with early career roles where she always found herself playing the object of male desire. This revelation of the Hollywood diva arrives in these hours, on the occasion of a guest during an episode of the US podcast Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi. The star refers to the beginning of his career, in the early years of the new millennium, when he played exclusively highly desirable characters from the male eye. We talk about the roles she obtained in films such as The girl with the Pearl Earring (2003), Lost in Translation – Love translated (2003) and Match Points (2005). “When I did The girl with the Pearl Earring And Lost in Translation I was 18, 19,” explained Scarlett Johansson. “I was becoming a woman and I was learning about my sexual identity and my sensuality. I was kind of trained to be what’s called a bombshell actress in a way. I was playing the other woman and the object of desire and I found myself cornered in this place. I couldn’t get out of it”, these are the words of the actress.
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While the role of bombshell helped her make her way into the world of stardom, Johansson now believes that as soon as that sultry role wears off, there aren’t many other acting opportunities. “It’s easy to look at a career like that from a distance and say, ‘He’s doing great.’ But those flames are quick and they go out, and after that the opportunities fade away,” continues the actress in her hosted at Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi. “It was an interesting and bizarre dilemma to be in, but eventually I worked through it and was able to carve out my place in other projects and work with great casts.”
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Even her Black Widow character in Iron Man 2 (2010) was initially conceived as an “underdeveloped and ultra-sexualized” figure, as Scarlett Johnson herself had already stated some time ago.
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According to what the US magazine reports varietyScarlett Johnson’s constant over-sexualization in Hollywood convinced her that that career was destined to end.
“I became objectified and classified in a way where I felt like I didn’t get offers for things I wanted to do,” Johansson told variety. “I remember thinking, ‘People think I’m 40, like it stops being desirable and that was something I was struggling with.’ I think everyone thought I was older and had been acting for a long time… I felt like my career was over, I thought, ‘this is the career you have and these are the roles you’ve played, does it end here?’”
Luckily his career didn’t end there at all. But, even if we used the word luckily, in truth not “by luck” or “by destiny”: Scarlett Johnson has worked hard to carve out space and to take a path in which appearance is not everything, quite the contrary. The diva is now on the set of Project Artemisthe film by Greg Berlanti with Channing Tatum.