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“I Was Groomed to Play Provocative Roles”-Scarlett Johansson Talks About Early Days Of Her Career

Scarlett Johansson claims her old management team “groomed” her into taking on provocative roles at the start of her acting career.

“I kind of became, like, an ingénue,” the “Black Widow” star, 38, said on iHeartRadio’s “Table for Two” podcast with Bruce Bozzi on Tuesday December 13th.

"I Was Groomed to Play Provocative Roles"-Scarlett Johansson Talks About Early Days of Her Career
Scarlett Johansson

“Young girls like that are really objectified, and that’s just a fact. I think whatever box they’re put into, it sort of sets you on this trajectory for how your life will go. Now, obviously, women really are able more now to choose their own path.”

Johansson said around the time she was in her late teens, she began to come into her own womanhood and began flirting with her own “desirability and s*xuality” which didn’t necessarily help her get out of being typecast

“I think because of that trajectory that I had been sort of launched towards. I really got stuck in this,” she said.

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“I was kind of being groomed in a way to be this what you call this bombshell type of actor. I was playing the other woman and this object of desire and, you know. Suddenly found myself cornered in this place, like, I couldn’t get out of it.”

"I Was Groomed to Play Provocative Roles"-Scarlett Johansson Talks About Early Days Of Her Career
Photo of Scarlett Johansson on set of “Black widow”

Johansson said she quickly realized that choosing roles centred around her appearance had a short life-span.

“I think for that kind of bombshell [role] that burns bright and quick, and then you don’t have much opportunity beyond that. I just felt like I was burning out so quickly,” the “Nanny Diaries” star added.

Johansson also opened up about how at age 17, she had a “really hard time” filming “Lost in Translation” with Bill Murray.

“Our characters have this profound relationship and that was hard for me to. I struggled with that for different reasons,” she said, adding, “When I came out of it, it was like this weird fever dream.”

Johansson said her kids have impacted how she chooses the roles she plays. “I think that’s an important lesson to teach girls and boys to pursue work that is satisfying.

The now mother of two shares 8-year-old daughter Rose with ex-husband Romain Dauriac. She is also mum of 1-year-old son Cosmo with husband Colin Jost.

 

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Charis Ebiaghian

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