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th an aristocrat (Hugh Jackman) in "Scoop" (2006), though that follow-up came and went without much fanfare. Her next outing was "The Black Dahlia" (2006), Brian De Palma's take on James Ellroy's complicated and richly-textured noir thriller about two hard-edged cops (Josh Hartnett and Aaron Eckhart) who descend into obsession, corruption and sexual degeneracy while investigating the infamous brutal murder of a would-be actress (Mia Kirshner). Again, Johansson was believable as a sensual, smart woman able to woo men against their better judgment, but the film was not well received. She rebounded with the well-reviewed blockbuster "The Prestige" (2006), a Victorian-set supernatural thriller about two stage magicians (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) in an ongoing feud that takes them both to the top of their careers, but with terrible consequences. Fast-forwarding to the 1930s, Johansson co-starred in the unsuccessful attempt to bring Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan to the screen with "A Good Woman" (2006). While the actress was now a presence in the Top Ten lists of men's cheesecake magazines like Maxim and FHM, the well-grounded actress hardly took her new sex symbol status seriously, and...
th an aristocrat (Hugh Jackman) in "Scoop" (2006), though that follow-up came and went without much fanfare. Her next outing was "The Black Dahlia" (2006), Brian De Palma's take on James Ellroy's complicated and richly-textured noir thriller about two hard-edged cops (Josh Hartnett and Aaron Eckhart) who descend into obsession, corruption and sexual degeneracy while investigating the infamous brutal murder of a would-be actress (Mia Kirshner). Again, Johansson was believable as a sensual, smart woman able to woo men against their better judgment, but the film was not well received. She rebounded with the well-reviewed blockbuster "The Prestige" (2006), a Victorian-set supernatural thriller about two stage magicians (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) in an ongoing feud that takes them both to the top of their careers, but with terrible consequences. Fast-forwarding to the 1930s, Johansson co-starred in the unsuccessful attempt to bring Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan to the screen with "A Good Woman" (2006). While the actress was now a presence in the Top Ten lists of men's cheesecake magazines like Maxim and FHM, the well-grounded actress hardly took her new sex symbol status seriously, and continued with a run of decidedly non-male oriented films, starting with the surprisingly commercial comedy "The Nanny Diaries" (2007). The adaptation of the bestseller did not survive its reinvention as a screen comedy and underperformed at the box office.
In 2008, Johansson married film star Ryan Reynolds and co-starred with friend and fellow brainy babe Natalie Portman in the relatively successful "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008), where she lent intelligence and wit to her portrayal of Mary Boleyn, sister of famed Henry VIII mistress, the beheaded Anne Boleyn. The film was the most widely-seen of Johansson's film releases that year, though her re-teaming with Woody Allen in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008), another European-set love triangle, was a hit with critics and perfectly utilized the actress' talent for intelligent, melancholy romance. She followed up with a pair of very different but similarly commercial-minded features: the adaptation of Frank Miller's comic "The Spirit" (2008) and a screen version of the cheeky self-help bestseller "He's Just Not That Into You" (2009). Johansson played an aspiring singer in the film, which dovetailed with her new off-screen interest in music and the release of her first album, Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008), a reinterpreted collection of songs by Tom Waits. Meanwhile, she joined the all-star cast that included Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Mickey Rourke for the hit sequel, "Iron Man 2" (2010), playing the Natalie Rushman/Natasha Romanoff, an undercover spy for the espionage group S.H.I.E.L.D. posing as the assistant to billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Downey, Jr.).
While it came as no surprise to jaded devotees of the Hollywood lifestyle, fans expressed sadness over the news that Johansson and Reynolds were separating after a mere two years of marriage. Citing irreconcilable differences, the actress was a single woman once more by summer 2011. Another tabloid tidbit came that year in the form of nude photos of Johansson that were leaked on to the Internet. Apparently taken by Johansson herself on her own cell phone, the images were part of a hacking scandal that was investigated by the FBI. As embarrassing as the situation was, Johansson kept her composure, stating that they had been meant for her ex-husband and that she saw nothing inappropriate about images that weren't intended for the public. Johansson returned to screens opposite Matt Damon in Cameron Croweâ¿¿s dramedy "We Bought a Zoo" (2011), essaying a young zookeeper helping a recently widowed father (Damon) restore a decrepit menagerie as he reconnects with his grieving children. The actress then suited up for action once more as Romanoff, a.k.a. the Black Widow, a non-super-powered yet equally lethal member of the superhero team "The Avengers" (2012). Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the big-budget adventure â¿¿ which united comic book icons Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) â¿¿ was the most anticipated event movie of the summer. Johansson closed out the banner year by playing actress Janet Leigh in "Hitchcock" (2012), a behind-the-scenes showbiz biopic about the director (Anthony Hopkins) and his tumultuous attempt to make his horror classic, "Psycho" (1960).
In 2013, Johansson appeared in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's buzzed-about indie comedy "Don Jon," portraying a beautiful young woman who falls for the porn-addicted title character. That fall she was deemed the "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire for the second time, and she also confirmed her engagement to French advertising exec Romain Dauriac. (The couple's first child, Rose Dorothy, was born in New York City on September 4, 2014.) Johansson capped the year with a voice-only performance as the computer voice Samantha in Spike Jonze's futuristic romantic comedy "Her" (2013); her flirty, thought-provoking role attracted Oscar buzz but was eventually deemed ineligible because the actress never appeared on screen.
In a productive year, Johansson starred in a pair of quirky science fiction thrillers, Jonathan Glatzer's "Under the Skin" (2014) and Luc Besson's "Lucy" (2014), as well as Jon Favreau's romantic comedy-drama "Chef" (2014). This was in addition to her supporting turn as Black Widow in the Marvel hit "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015). Johansson reunited with the Coen Brothers in their affectionate homage to Hollywood's Golden Age, "Hail, Caesar!" (2016).Drama (for "Girl With a Pearl Earring") and another for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy (for "Lost In Translation"). "The Perfect Score" (2004), a limp teen caper made before Johansson's big breakout, was thankfully little-seen and she was better served with a pair of challenging roles released simultaneously in 2004.
First, she added depth to a supporting role as the daughter of a middle-aged ad salesman (Dennis Quaid) who becomes involved with her father's young boss (Topher Grace) in writer-director Paul Weitz's comedy "In Good Company." Following that moderate box office success, she gave a Golden Globe-nominated performance as a headstrong teen who returns to her late mother's home to unexpectedly share it with a pair of booze-soaked intellectual boarders (John Travolta and Gabriel Macht) in the Southern-influenced character drama "A Love Song for Bobby Long." In both films, Johansson's potent combination of adolescent freshness and wise-beyond-her-years maturity helped breathe a compelling realism into her roles. Off-screen, her male admirers were disappointed to find out that the young sex symbol had her own leading man, Josh Hartnett, with whom she began a two-year relationship in 2004. In an unfortunate introduction into the sci-fi action genre, Johansson was cast as the lead in director Michael Bay's misfire "The Island" (2005), as a woman living in a post-Apocalyptic world only to discover it is a faÃ§ade for something much more sinister. As expected from an actress who generally shone under the employ of more artful auteurs, Johansson fared better in Woody Allen's serious-minded "Match Point" (2005), playing a sensual but struggling American actress in London who takes up with her ex-beau's brother-in-law (Jonathan Rhys-Myers), forcing him to choose between her and his comfortable, status-granting marriage. The result was another Golden Globe nomination and one of Allen's best works in years. Johansson would, in fact, become a kind of muse for the director, who would cast her in several more of his films.
The writer-director quickly drafted Johansson to star as an American student in London who becomes involved wi
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Describing her desire for a show business career, a three-year old Johansson reportedly told her mother she "had a fire in [her] brain to act."
"Unfortunately, because it's adults writing these scripts, it's tough. The problem is that adults portray kids like mall-rats, and not seriously; after all, we're just like little adults and people with feelings too. Kids and teenagers just aren't being portrayed with any real depth."---Johansson on the teen actor's search for intelligent roles, to Andrew Urban at UrbanCinefile.com, July 1998.
"Look, I'm the kind of person that doesn't put up with bullshit. Does that make me uncommonly mature? I don't know. I think you mature with experiences, and how other people view you and your maturity really depends upon when you have those experiences ... I think I was born with a great awareness of my surroundings and an awareness of other people. I know when I really connect with somebody and I know when I feel like I've known somebody before. And I absolutely know what it feels like to meet an old soul, to know an old soul. So for my mom and Bob Redford, two people I really respect, to say that about me, well, that's a huge compliment."
"Maybe years from now, when I'm having my midlife crisis and need to find myself, I'll search deep down inside and find that old soul of mine and dust it off. But for now I'm enjoying getting to know all about my young soul."---Scarlett Johansson on her perceived maturity to Interview, July 2001.
"I don't plan on selling out. I mean, it's nice getting a dinner reservation ahead of other people, but when it comes down to it, the most important thing to me is the actual work."---Johansson to Movieline's Hollywood Life February 2004
Johansson was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004
"There's cute, there's pretty, there's hot and there's beautiful. Scarlett Johansson falls in the beautiful bracket."---Frankie Muniz quoted in People May 10, 2004
"People just don't type cast me," she says. "I've played so many different roles, from a high school student, to a wife, to a 17th-century Dutch maid, to trailer trash. For a while, I thought I might get typecast as the bitter, shitty teenager who's always sarcastic, but luckily that was a fear that was never a reality."---Johansson to Empire, March 2005.
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