Scarlett Johansson is one of the best actors working today. Her films have grossed over $14.3 billion globally, making her one of the highest-grossing actors in the world, and the ninth-highest-grossing box office star of all time. Scarlett Johansson has received several awards for her excellent performances, including a BAFTA, a Tony Award, a Gotham Independent Award, and others. She has also received two Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe Award nominations. She has been the world’s highest-paid actress for the past two years, according to Forbes, and has also featured on the Forbes celebrity 100 list several times.

In 1994, Scarlett Johansson made her film debut, as a child, with the fantasy comedy film North, and she has worked in the industry ever since. She has played many major roles in several successful movies. She is well-known around the world for her beauty and talent. Johansson is a popular brand endorser and supports a number of charities as a public figure. Various media outlets have referred to her as a Hollywood sex symbol.

The American actress Scarlett Johansson.
Scarlett Johansson

Early Life

Scarlett Ingrid Johansson was born in the Manhattan borough of New York City on November 22, 1984. Karsten Olaf Johansson, her father, is a Danish architect who was born in Copenhagen. Ejner Johansson, her paternal grandfather, was an art historian, screenwriter, and film producer whose father was Swedish. Melanie Sloan, her mother, is a New Yorker who has worked as a producer. Johansson was born into an Ashkenazi Jewish family from Poland and Russia with the surname Schlamberg, and she identifies as Jewish. Vanessa, her older sister, is also an actress, and she has an older brother, Adrian, as well as a twin brother, Hunter. Christian, Johansson’s older half-brother from her father’s first marriage, is her other half-brother. She is a dual citizen of the United States and Denmark.

A very young Scarlett Johansson
Young Scarlett Johansson

Johansson attended PS 41, a Greenwich Village elementary school in Manhattan. When she was 13, her parents divorced. Dorothy Sloan, a bookkeeper, and a schoolteacher were particularly close to Johansson’s maternal grandmother; the two spent a lot of time together and Johansson considered Sloan to be her best friend. She was always interested in a future in the spotlight, and she used to perform song-and-dance routines for her family. Musical theatre and jazz hands were two of her favorite stuff. She took tap dance lessons and says that her parents were supportive of her decision. Her childhood was characterized as “very ordinary” by her. Johansson used to practice acting by looking in the mirror until she cried, imagining herself as Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis. She was devastated when a talent agent signed one of her brothers instead of her when she was seven years old, but she went on to become an actress anyway. She enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and started auditioning for advertisements, but she quickly became disinterested: “I didn’t want to sell Wonder Bread.”

Young and sexy Scarlett Johansson in a pink shirt.
Young Scarlett Johansson

She turned her attention to film and theatre, making her stage debut in Ethan Hawke’s Off-Broadway play Sophistry, in which she had two lines. Around this time, she enrolled at the Professional Children’s School (PCS), a Manhattan-based private school for talented child actors. Johansson made her film debut as John Ritter’s daughter in the fantasy comedy North when she was nine years old (1994). After that, she went on to play small roles in films such as Just Cause (1995), in which she played the daughter of Sean Connery and Kate Capshaw’s characters, and If Lucy Fell (1996), in which she played an art student.

Acting Career

In Manny & Lo (1996), Johansson played Amanda, the younger sister of a pregnant teen who runs away from her foster home, in this film she co-starred with Aleksa Palladino and her brother, Hunter. Her performance in this film was praised by the public. For her performance, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female. Following minor roles in the films Fall (1997), and Home Alone 3 (1997), Johansson rose to prominence with her appearance in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer (1998). The drama film is based on Nicholas Evans’ 1995 novel of the same name. For her performance in The Horse Whisperer, she was nominated for the Most Promising Actress Award by the Chicago Film Critics Association.

the American actress Scarlett Johansson looking sexy in red dress.
Scarlett Johansson

In 1999, she went on to star in My Brother the Pig, and in 2001, The Guy Who Wasn’t There, a neo-noir film directed by the Coen brother. Her breakthrough came in Terry Zwigoff’s black comedy Ghost World (2001), in which she played a cynical outcast based on Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel of the same name. She sent in a taped audition for the film from New York, and Zwigoff thought she was “a peculiar, eccentric girl, and right for that role.” The film had its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2001, and although it was a box office flop, it has since gained cult status. She also appeared in An American Rhapsody, which was published later in 2001 and was based on the true story of director Éva Gárdos.

In 2002, she co-starred in the horror film Eight Legged Freaks with David Arquette. She applied to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts after graduating from Professional Children’s School that year but was rejected, so she decided to concentrate on her film career instead.

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson (2003-2010)

With two films in 2003, Johansson made the transition from teen to adult roles: the romantic comedy-drama Lost in Translation, and the drama Girl with a Pearl Earring. She portrays Charlotte, a listless and lonely young wife, opposite Bill Murray in Lost in Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola. Working with a female director was different for Johansson because of Coppola’s willingness to empathize with her. The film, which was made on a $4 million budget, grossed $119 million at the box office and received positive reviews. Her performance is, “embracing, restful serenity” as was described by Entertainment Weekly. The New York Times praised Johansson for portraying an older character despite the fact that she was just 17 at the time of the shooting.

Johansson portrayed Griet, a young 17th-century servant in the household of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, in Peter Webber’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, which is based on Tracy Chevalier’s novel of the same name. Until casting Johansson, Webber interviewed 150 actresses. Girl with a Pearl Earring was well-received and financially successful. In 2003, she won nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for both films and won BAFTA Award for Lost in Translation.

Johansson had five films released in 2004, three of which were critical and commercial flops: the teen heist film The Perfect Score, the drama A Love Song for Bobby Long, and the drama A Good Woman. In A Love Song for Bobby Long, Johansson co-starred with John Travolta as a disgruntled and suspicious adolescent, based on Ronald Everett Capps’ novel Off Magazine Street. Variety’s David Rooney wrote that Johansson and Travolta’s performances saved the movie. For the film, Johansson was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. The animation-comedy film The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was the most successful movie of the year. Her other successful movie that year was In Good Company (2004), in which she dates her father’s much younger boss, she creates havoc in his life. The film received mostly favorable reviews, with many describing it as “witty and charming.”

Scarlett Johansson

In Woody Allen’s 2005 drama Match Point, Johansson played Nola, an aspiring actress who starts an affair with a married man (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Allen changed the character’s nationality from British to American after replacing Kate Winslet with Johansson in the role. The performances of Johansson and Rhys Meyers were lauded by the New York Times, with Mick LaSalle reporting that Johansson “is a powerhouse from the word go,” with a performance that “borders on astonishing.” Johansson was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress for the film, the film was a box office success. Later in 2005, she played Sarah Jordan and her clone, Jordan Two Delta, in Michael Bay’s science fiction film The Island, alongside Ewan McGregor. Johansson found her shooting schedule frustrating, as she had to shoot for 14 hours a day and sustained a concussion. The film received mixed reviews and a $126 million budget resulted in a $163 million gross.

In 2006, she co-starred with Hugh Jackman in Woody Allen’s film, Scoop. In this movie, she played the role of a journalism student. The film was a modest box office success around the world, but it received mixed reviews from critics. While Roger Ebert was critical of the film, he thought Johansson was “lovely as always,” and Mick LaSalle praised her for bringing “freshness” to her role. That same year, she also appeared in The Black Dahlia, by Brian De Palma. After that she played many minor and major roles in several films, such as The Prestige (2006), Justin Timberlake: What Goes Around …Comes Around (2007), The Nanny Diaries (2007), Yes We Can (2008), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), The Spirit (2008), He’s Just Not that into You (2009), and a TV series Robot Chicken (2005-2008).

Scarlett Johansson (2010-2020)

Since she was a teenager, Johansson had a dream of performing on Broadway. She made her stage debut in Arthur Miller’s drama A View from the Bridge in 2010. It tells the tragic story of Eddie (Liev Schreiber), who has an inappropriate affection for his wife’s orphaned niece, Catherine (played by Johansson), set in the 1950s in an Italian-American neighborhood in New York. After having doubts about playing a teenage character, Johansson agreed to the play after being encouraged by a friend. For her performance in this drama, she received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2010.

In 2010, Johansson starred as Black Widow in Jon Favreau’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Iron Man 2. She dyed her hair red to reassure Favreau that she was the right choice for the part, and she went through stunt and strength training to prepare for the role. The film grossed $623.9 million against a budget of $200 million and received overall favorable reviews from critics, though some questioned the way her character was written. 

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

In 2011, Johansson co-starred with Matt Damon in the family film We Bought a Zoo as Kelly, a zookeeper. The film received mostly positive reviews, with Anne Billson praising Johansson for giving depth to a character who was otherwise uninteresting. For her performance, Johansson was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Drama. Johansson learned Russian over the phone from a former teacher for her role as Black Widow in The Avengers (2012), another MCU film. The film earned generally favorable reviews and set multiple box office records, ultimately becoming the third highest-grossing film in both the United States and the world. She was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards and three People’s Choice Awards for her performance. Later that year, Johansson starred in Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock, a behind-the-scenes drama about the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho, in which she played actress Janet Leigh.

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson has been working in the Hollywood film industry for over two decades and has been one of the biggest Hollywood stars since 2010. She has worked with Hollywood’s finest producers, directors, and actors. She has been a part of Hollywood’s highest-grossing films, and the best Super-Hero films. She is well-known for her role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies. Scarlett Johansson is one of the highest-grossing stars of all time. Some of her most successful movies are, Iron Man 2 (2010), We Bought a Zoo (2011), The Avengers (2012), Hitchcock (2012), Don Jon (2013), Under the Skin, (2013), Her (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Lucy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Isle of Dogs (2018), Avengers: Infinity Wars (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Marriage Story (2019), and Jojo Rabbit (2019).

Scarlett Johansson (Upcoming Films)

She will reprise her role as Black Widow in the upcoming MCU film Black Widow (2021). The film is completed and will be released in 2021. She will play Ash (voice) in Sing 2, which will also be released in 2021. It is also rumored that she will appear as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, which is in pre-production.

Scarlett Johansson (Awards and Nominations)

  • She has twice been nominated for an Academy Award.
  • She has been nominated for a BAFTA award three times, of which she has won one, for her role in Lost in Translation (2004).
  • She has been nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award seven times.
  • She has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award five-time.
  • She has been nominated for an MTV Movie & TV Award six times, of which she has won one time, in the Best Fight category, along with other co-actors in the film The Avengers (2012).

She has been nominated and has received several awards from different award shows.

Scarlett Johansson

Amazing Facts about Scarlett Johansson

  • Despite the fact that this was her seventh feature film, she got an “introducing” credit for The Horse Whisperer (1998).
  • In the 2004 presidential election, she campaigned for John Kerry.
  • Auditioned for a part in The Parent Trap (1998), but Lindsay Lohan was cast instead.
  • Scarlett Johansson may be talented enough for Hollywood and Broadway, but she didn’t make the cut at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts when she applied in 2003 as an 18-year-old.
  • She has a twin-brother Hunter Johansson.
  • Scarlett Johansson was a candidate for the part of Ryan Stone in Alfonso Curon’s space thriller Gravity, which was released in 2013. Sandra Bullock was ultimately cast in the film and earned an Oscar nomination for her performance.
  • Johansson fought hard for the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, even going to the audition with red hair.
  • The Looney Tunes Show honored Johansson in 2011 by making Starlet Johansson, a character who looks like her.
  • In 2005, she was ranked #9 on FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World” list. It was also the list’s highest-ranking newcomer.
  • After Emily Blunt backed out of the role of Black Widow, Scarlett was offered the part.

Best Movies of Scarlett Johansson

2003Lost in TranslationCharlotte
2012The AvengersBlack Widow
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierBlack Widow
2013Under the SkinLaura
2018Avengers: Infinity WarBlack Widow
2015Avengers: Age of UltronBlack Widow
2013Don JonBarbara
2010Iron Man 2Black Widow

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