Scarlett

Scarlett-Johansson

Scarlett Johansson Opens Up:

“…Johansson, now 29, is one of the most successful actresses of her generation—relevant, bankable, and all those terrible, tacky words. But her success owes itself less to any kind of star-making algorithm than it does a willingness to step outside expectations and experiment. She is not the kind of person or actress who has a master plan that she follows…”

“…She seems uninterested in taking any obvious path. “I’d rather take the chance of a film not working than be stuck in a pattern of making the same movie over and over,” she says. Getting older doesn’t unnerve her, either. “I don’t want to be the ingenue anymore,” she says. “That part I’m happy about. It’s nice to be glamorous, but I don’t want to always have to be trendy and glamorous and an object of desire. I don’t want to be stuck in that forever. Because it doesn’t last.”

…Still, Johansson speaks with urgency about the tension actresses often feel between balancing their careers and personal lives, particularly on the subject of family. It’s a topic that turns out to have happy urgency: A couple of months after we meet, reports will arrive that Johansson and Dauriac are expecting a child. “It seems so stressful to not be able to spend time with your family because you’re constantly chasing the tail of your own success,” Johansson says. She continues: “There must exist a world in which I can balance those things, be able to raise a family and still make a film a year, or work on my own, develop things, do theater. I want to be able to have it all.” She laughs. “Selfishly.”

…”I know that with that there will be some sacrifices. I know that’s the struggle with working mothers and successful careers. It happens.” But the scent of double standard is obvious, and Johansson doesn’t shy from it. “With [male actors] it just doesn’t happen that way. You can be every woman’s fantasy, and nobody thinks twice about the fact that you have eight kids or whatever.”

Read more at wsj.com here.


Comments

  1. she is not only beautiful, but empathetic, kind, funny, and smart. it’s apparent here.

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  2. She has an unconventional beauty. I’ve liked her since I first saw her in Lost In Translation.

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  3. I’ve been a fan since “Horse Whisperer.” Was it fun for her to work with Redford again in the new Captain America? I wonder about these things.

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  4. Coincidentally, I read the this NYT Magazine article about SJ this weekend on the plane from Geneva to Prague. I found her responses to the questions fresh in their candor and I chuckled at the stories of her cultural faux-pas vis-à-vis France and her French fiancé’s family. At the end of the day, we are all just people.

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    • We are John. And she’s managed to keep a level head despite the massive celebrity crush…hope you are well. Dave

      On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 1:56 AM, Live & Learn wrote:

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