Scarlett Johansson, born November 22, 1984, is an American actress and singer. She was one of the highest-paid actors between 2014 and 2016 and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, and always aspired to be an actress. Her first appearance on stage was as a child in an Off-Broadway play.
First movie appearance
Her first movie appearance was in the comedy North in 1994 and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 1996 for Manny and Lo. She became more prominent on the world stage for her parts in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and Ghost World (2001).
Johansson graduated from PCS in 2002 and became one of the leading up-and-coming actresses in Hollywood. She appeared in two movies in 2003, both of which received critical acclaim. In the movie Lost in Translation she plays a woman visiting Tokyo who forms an unlikely friendship with an older gentleman played by Bill Murray. Johansson was also in Girl With a Pearl Earring where she played a servant girl painted by the famous artist Johannes Vermeer (played by Colin Firth).
Johansson moved on to more adult roles in 2003 when she starred in Lost in Translation – which won her a BAFTA Award for Best Actress – and Girl with a Pearl Earring.
She was nominated for a total of four Golden Globe Awards for these movies and for playing the estranged teenager in A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) and the seductress in the psychological thriller Match Point (2005).
Johansson made her Broadway debut in 2010 in A View From the Bridge, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress. She then moved on to playing Black Widow as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe later in 2010.
Scarlet is considered to be a sex symbol and has become a prominent celebrity brand endorser and charity worker. She has been married twice; first to Canadian Actor Ryan Reynolds between 2008 and 2011 and then to French businessman Romain Dauriac – with whom she has a daughter – between 2014 and 2017.
Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation movie
Johansson had appeared in over a dozen film and TV roles by the time that Lost in Translation premiered in theatres. This was the movie that really changed her career forever. Scarlett herself explains that no one knew it would become as profound or as great as it ended up being. She was just 17 when the movie was being made and she admits that she was thrilled to be working with a comedian of Murray, but also that there were some challenges to working with a co-star as famous as that.
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She admits they had trouble relating to each other, but felt that they worked great together when the cameras were rolling, When asked about how much Bill added his own dialogue to the movie, she admitted that Bill improvised several of his lines. She explained that most of the dramatic scenes they did together were done as they were scripted, but that there were some lines that were more like guides to him and he would improvise.
Scarlett and Sofia met several years before they came together to work on Lost in Translation. Scarlett said she met her when she was about 10 or 11 and Sofia was working on Virgin Suicides. Sofia wanted her to do something for the movie but Johansson felt the script was too intense for someone her age.
Sofia would reach out to Scarlett once again for Lost in Translation. The director felt that she was the perfect fit for the part.
Scarlett could tell what kind of an impact the movie would have on her career when it was screened for the Venice Film Festival. She says she had never had the experience of walking up the steps and being at a film festival before. Then she met with Bill and they were blown away by everything that happened.
She earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Lost in Translation and had the chance to star in other major movies including The Island by Michael Bay.