True Heroine: Scarlett Johansson

The Avengers star is more than just a pretty face. Here’s taking a look at this multi-talented personality.

Scarlett Johansson was born on November 22, 1984 in New York into a family with some background in film. Her mother was a producer, while her paternal grandfather was a screenwriter and director. She has revealed that her mother was a “film buff”, which definitely contributed to her catching the acting bug. In addition, her older sister, and her twin brother have both had brushes with acting. Johansson’s own career started when she was still a child, making her debut at nine in the 1994 fantasy comedy, North. After a few minor roles, she was nominated for an Indie award for her role in Manny & Lo (1996). By 1998, she had become a household name after starring in the Robert Redford directed The Horse Whisperer.

One of Johansson’s first adult roles was in the acclaimed film Lost in Translation, for which she received great reviews. She followed it up with Girl with a Pearl Earring that same year, earning Golden Globe Awards and BAFTA Award nominations for her portrayal. In 2004, Johansson was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a professional honorary organization dedicated to motion pictures. Her career grew by leaps and bounds with roles in films like Woody Allen’s Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, and We Bought a Zoo. Since 2010, Johansson has portrayed the character of Natasha Romanoff aka The Black Widow in the Iron Man and Avengers series. Her latest film in the Avengers universe – Avengers: Age of Ultron opened last month to record box office collections.

Apart from being an actress, Johansson also dabbles in theater and music. Her first stage appearance was at the age of eight, and she starred in the 2009 Broadway drama A View from the Bridge, written by Arthur Miller. She won a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actress for her role as Catherine Carbone in the play. She also recently starred in a Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2013. Her singing career has also made waves with fans of her voice. She sang the track “Summertime” for the non-profit album Unexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars in 2006. Her 2008 album Anywhere I Lay My Head, released to mixed reviews, featured one original song and 10 cover versions of Tom Waits songs. A song called “Before My Time”, which she recorded for a climate documentary Chasing Ice, was also nominated for the Academy Award in Best Original Song category. Earlier this year, Johansson formed a band called The Singles with Este Haim from HAIM, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris, and Julia Haltigan.

Johansson has always made headlines for her impeccable style and looks. While she favors more formal looks like her Stella McCartney dress at a recent Avengers: Age of Ultron red carpet event, for more casual appearances, she likes a bit of a vintage twist like her vavavoom Michael Kors look with pinup style hair and makeup. She has appeared on several magazine covers, including publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Interview, Madame, and Marie Claire.

As an advocate of charity and helping those less fortunate, Scarlet Johansson served as Oxfam ambassador for eight years. She also supports Soles4Souls, and has donated over 2000 pairs of new shoes to the cause. Apart from this, she has also made contributions to several organizations of which many Hollywood stars are also a part. She is married to French advertising creative Romain Dauriac. The pair lives with their daughter Rose Dorothy, and splits their time between their New York City and Paris residences.

Quotes:

“If you feel glamorous, you definitely look glamorous.”

“I definitely believe in plastic surgery. I don’t want to be an old hag. There’s no fun in that.”

“One of the best things for a woman to hear is that she is sexy.”

“I went through this realization that acting, at its heart, is the ability to manipulate your own emotions.”

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