Scarlett Johansson Opens Up: Early Career ‘Grooming’ for ‘Bombshell’ Roles Revealed

Scarlett Johansson reflects on her early film career: “Young girls like that are truly objectified, and that’s just the reality.”

Scarlett Johansson is reflecting on how she redirected her career path to avoid being pigeonholed as a “blockbuster-type actress.”

Scarlett Johansson

During a recent appearance on the Table for Two podcast on Tuesday, the 38-year-old Black Widow star told host Bruce Bozzi that she felt like she had fallen into a “strange, fever dream” after filming Lost in Translation and Girl with a Pearl Earring in 2003, her adolescent years’ iconic pearl earrings.

Johansson mentioned in the podcast, “It was like a transition into my adult career,” noting that she went through “a really tough time doing Lost in Translation.”

Scarlett Johansson attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California

The actress added, “I almost became a parody of myself, and I just think that’s part of the – young girls like that are truly objectified, and that’s just the truth.” “I did Lost in Translation and Girl With the Pearl Earring, and at that time, I was 18, 19 years old, starting to become a woman and exploring my desires as well as my sexuality.”


She continued, “I think it was because of the trajectory that I was kind of thrust into – I was really typecast.”

Johansson talked about her early career, saying, “In a way, I was being prepared to become what you call a blockbuster actress.” The actress noted that portraying “different women and being an object of desire” made her feel “funneled into this place as if I couldn’t get out.”

In the interview, Johansson quoted Bryan Lourd, partner and co-chairman of Creative Artists Agency and Bozzi’s husband, as the person who helped her pivot her career.

“It would be very easy sitting across from someone in that situation and saying, ‘This is working, why change it?'” the actress said about altering her career trajectory with Lourd. “But for that kind of blockbuster thing, you know, it burns bright and fast, and then it’s done, and you don’t really have any other opportunities.”

In October, Johansson revealed that she was “hypersexualized” as a young actress when appearing on actor Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, though she mentioned that sex has “never been a real part of my personality.”

She further stated, “Because I think people assume that I’m, like, older and I’ve [acted] for a long time and then I got sort of sucked into this weird super hypersexualized kind of thing.”

“Like, that’s the kind of profession you are in. These are the roles that you’re playing, and I guess it’s like this,” she added.



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