Scarlett Johansson Says She Was ‘Groomed’ To Play Sexualized Characters In Her Late Teens

 Scarlett Johansson Says She Was ‘Groomed’ To Play Sexualized Characters In Her Late Teens

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Scarlett Johansson got candid about her years as a teenager in Hollywood and being

“groomed”

to play over-sexualized roles, Insider reported. 

The Marvel actor told the outlet

“I was kind of being groomed, in a way, to be this what you call a bombshell-type actor,”

as she reflected on her earlier films.

“I did ‘Lost in Translation’ and ‘Girl With the Pearl Earring’ and by that point, I was 18, 19 and I was coming into my own womanhood and learning my own desirability and sexuality,”

she told The Hollywood Reporter. 

Johansson said she didn’t want to be type-casted and reflected on her journey getting out of that role.

“It would be easy to sit across from someone in that situation and go, ‘This is working,'”

she continued.

“But for that kind of bombshell, you know, that burns bright and quick, and then it’s done and you don’t have opportunity beyond that. It was an interesting, weird conundrum to be in but it really came back to working at it and trying to carve a place in different projects and work in great ensembles.”

She told THR that her character Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the Marvel film

“Iron Man 2”,

in which she starred in 2010, was her breakthrough role.

“I got this incredible opportunity to work in the second Iron Man, which that part at the time was very underdeveloped and over-sexualized, but I wanted to form a relationship with Jon Favreau who I worked with a couple of times after that, who’s an inspiration for me,”

she said.

“And I also wanted to work with Kevin Feige, who’s the head of Marvel, who I knew had a vision for this big picture,”

she said. 

Since then, Johansson has played the character Ash in the animated film

“Sing”

and she will be starring in the upcoming film

“Asteroid City”

with actors Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, and more. 

#Clique, what are your thoughts?

Tatiana Tait

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