Long before 𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 became the highest-grossing star in Hollywood, she faced rejection for a number of roles simply because of her uniqueness. Fans are obsessed with Johansson’s smooth yet slightly husky voice, especially after her voice role as AI assistant Samantha in Her . But casting directors were initially unimpressed with her distinctive voice when she was a young girl looking to build a career in the spotlight.
𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 in Lost in Translation
𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 initially pursued musical theater, but her deep voice made it difficult for her to be cast. The Marriage Story actress decided to transition into acting and began auditioning for commercials. She then appeared in the off-Broadway production of Sophistry , before making her film debut in North at the age of nine.
Scarlett Johansson’s characteristic hoarse voice has lost her role as a child actor
𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 trong The Horse Whisperer
𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏’s voice has now become one of her most notable characteristics. Johansson’s breakout role in Lost in Translation was marked not only by her acting skills but also by her refreshing voice and dialogue. As a little girl, her musical theater aspirations were dashed when a talent agent signed one of her brothers instead of her. She revealed to Candis magazine that her deep voice prevented her from being chosen and forced her to pursue acting.
However, when she began auditioning for roles in commercials, her singing voice again did not help her case. Casting directors were not impressed with her hoarse voice. The Black Widow actress recalls losing count of casting directors asking her if she had a sore throat. Johansson shared with Candis magazine
“When I was younger, I trained as a singer because I really wanted to do musical theater, but my voice was too deep so I couldn’t get cast! So I turned to acting instead. I went in for the audition, I was a cute little blonde, then I opened my mouth and said [in a low voice], ‘Buy this product, it’s amazing!’ That was quite a disadvantage at the time. I lost count of the number of times I heard the casting director ask me if I had a sore throat.”
𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 quickly grew tired of commercial auditions, which she revealed to Allure magazine in 2005 ( via People ). “It was like a cattle call,” she shares . I don’t want to advertise Wonder Bread.” She began taking weekend acting classes and at age 8, she appeared with Ethan Hawke in the off-Broadway play Sophistry . After her film debut in North , she had her breakthrough as a teenage actress in The Horse Whisperer and Ghost World .
Scarlett Johansson’s voice has become one of her assets
𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 as Black Widow
Besides her iconic role as Black Widow in nine MCU films, 𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 also appeared in a number of special films. Her versatile acting abilities in films such as He’s Just Not That Into You , Jojo Rabbit , Marry Story and Lucy , were also enhanced by her smooth, husky voice. Johansson also took on a number of voice roles, the most notable of which was her role in Her . Johansson’s voice acting in the film received much praise from critics.
She was then cast in The Jungle Book in 2016 as the voice of Kaa. That same year, she was cast as Ash in Sing , where she also got to show off some of her singing skills. Johansson is set to voice the role of Elita One in the upcoming film, Transformers One . Her voice, once the limiting factor in her opportunities as a child actress, now suffered greatly.