Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Her role as Grace in Robert Redford's 'The Horse Whisperer'
Background: "Being a movie star is a quality that somebody sort of embodies and being a celebrity is something that people recognize in you. I justhope to make good movies." Scarlett Johansson, Interview magazine Scarlett stepped into focus as the traumatized young girl GraceMacLean in Robert Redford's moving film, The Horse Whisperer. The equestrian drama caught our attention with young Scarlett, justthirteen years old at the time, centered firmly on screen. Although she had worked in other films, The Horse Whisperer provided her with abreakthrough performance.Now just barely twenty years old, Scarlett already has more that twodozen films under her belt with many more in the works, including Mission Impossible III, due for release in 2006, where Scarlett willshare acting skills with super-hunk Tom Cruise.Take the above-mentioned films, stir it with treasures like Girl witha Pearl Earring (2003) and Lost in Translation (2003), and one can see why Scarlett is indeed making good movies and firmly planting herskills among the stars.The Younger TwinChildhood and Family: Scarlett Johansson was born on November 22, 1984 in New York, NY to parents Karsten Johansson (building contractor) and Melanie Johansson.She has an older half-brother named Christian, an older brother named Adrian, an older sister named Vanessa, and is the twin to olderbrother Hunter. Always interested in acting, Scarlett graduated from the Professional Children's School in Manhattan in 2002 and attendedthe Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for Young People. At the young age of 8, she made her stage debut in the off-Broadway production,Sophistry, also starring young Ethan Hawke.Scarlett has been linked to actors Jared Leto and the much older (17years her senior) Benicio Del Toro."Whatever you do, don't go into acting for the fame, 'cause you'regonna end up unhappy. And I don't really think you can become an actress... you are an actress." Scarlett JohanssonA Distinctive VoiceCareer: Although Scarlett Johansson had several films under her belt, it was Robert Redford's 1998 film The Horse Whisperer that made audiencesstand up and take note of the young actor. Playing Grace MacLean, a traumatized young girl, Scarlett showed great acting skill and hercareer began to climb.Scarlett's career is starred with good performances in good films.In the year 2000, Johansson starred with Thora Birch (American Beauty, Hocus Pocus) in Terry Zwigoff's comedic drama Ghost World. The year2003 proved to be Scarlett's most successful year. Starring with Bill Murray in Sofia Coppola's masterpiece, Lost in Translation, Scarlettearned not only the critic's phrase but also a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance.Girl with a Pearl Earring, also of 2003, gained Scarlett anotherGolden Globe nomination. This time for Best Performance by an Actress. Johansson starring as Griet, a youngest peasant girl who'sbeauty becomes an obsession with painter Johannes Vermeer, played by Colin Firth.Scarlett Johansson's menagerie of films has kept the young star busy.In 2004 alone, four films were released with Scarlett's name among the credits: The Perfect Score (2004), A Love Song for Bobby Long(2004), A Good Woman (2004), and In Good Company (2004). That year Scarlett also lent her voice to the children's animated film, TheSpongeBob SquarePants Movie.In 2005 fans will catch Scarlett in Michael Bay's The Island, WoodyAllen's Match Point and Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia.Due to begin filming in June of 2005, Scarlett will rub elbows withsuper star Tom Cruise in the much awaited action sequel Mission Impossible III. The movie is due for release sometime in 2006."I'm so tired of hearing casting directors ask if I have a sore throat. The people who have told me that my voice is distinctive,it's unusual...those people have always been close to my heart." Scarlett JohanssonAwards: BAFTA: Best Actress, Lost in Translation, 2004 Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Actress, Lost in Translation, 2003 Hollywood Film Festival: Breakthrough Actress, Lost in Translation, 2003 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award: New Generation Award, 2003 Venice Film Festival: Upstream Prize: Best Actress, Lost in Translation, 2003 Young Artist Award: Best Ensemble in a Feature Film, An American Rhapsody, 2002 Young Artist Award: Best Leading Young Actress, An American Rhapsody, 2002 Toronto Film Critics Association Award: Best Supporting Performance, Female, Ghost World, 2001 Hollywood Reporter Young Star Award, The Horse Whisperer, 1998
There are more similarities than differences when it comes to preparation of a performance. You're using some lyrics, you have a relationship with them, they apply to different parts of your life and different circumstances, different memories, different stories you have in your head. You form personal relationships with the song. I think that's very similar, in a way, to prepping a character. You pour your own personality, in a sense, into the character, you sympathize with a character in a way that's similar to the wMore Scarlett Johansson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Being a movie star is a quality that somebody sort of embodies, and being a celebrity is something that people give to you. It has to do with being recognizable, as opposed to something that people recognize in you. I just hope to make good movies. I know that sounds simple, but it's true.More Scarlett Johansson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If Occupy Wall Street was actually a march, and people from all around the country could collect and march toward Washington, D.C., as part of this massive movement of people . . . I think that kind of pressure is much more powerful than a sit-in that seems to be a little unorganized.More Scarlett Johansson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't feel the obligation to be a specific weight. I don't feel like I have to fit into a body that's not my body. I have the body I have and I try to maintain it.More Scarlett Johansson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
“About the media, ... Are they starting to cause problems?”More Scarlett Johansson quotes [11/01/2006 12:11:00]

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