Scarlett Johansson has one of the most famous faces in Hollywood. In her interview with Vogue‘s Jason Gay for the magazine’s May issue, the actress talked about her role as Natasha Romanoff in The Avengers (in theaters May 4) opposite Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo, her recent divorce from Ryan Reynolds, her future film projects, and so much more.
She started acting at a young age, some of her most celebrated early films include The Horse Whisperer co-starring Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas and Ghost World with Thora Birch.
But the real turning point came for her when she starred opposite Bill Murray in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003) after which her film career reached the level of superstardom. Jason Gay doesn’t exaggerate when he says in the Vogue article that in the years that followed Lost in Translation there was definitely a “surreal time…when it seemed that Scarlett Johansson was everywhere.”
But she’s been in the news for other reasons lately, chief among them a computer-hacking scandal in which private photos of her splashed across the Internet, and her recent divorce from Ryan Reynolds (The Green Lantern).
But the Vogue interview also revealed things about her that you might not know like that fact that she won a Tony Award for her performance as Catherine in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge on Broadway. In the article her co-star Liev Scheiber said, “I couldn’t get over how brave she was…I was blown away by how fearless she seemed.”
Fearless is a great way to describe this 27-year-old actress because her film choices have been anything but safe. According to the article,“Johansson appears pathologically averse to caution-the more atypical and risky the idea, the more attractive it seems.” This may explain some of her quirkier film choices from Ghost World to a trio of Woody Allen films to her most recent project Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo.
In the Vogue interview, The Avengers director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) called the actress, “the least diva-like human ever on a movie set.” Perhaps it’s the her laid-back personality that makes her so talented. Next she’ll star in a science fiction thriller Under the Skin and she’s set to play Janet Leigh in an upcoming film about the making of Psycho.
And she doesn’t just have a passion for acting. She’s also passionate about politics and she spends what little spare time she has working on the Obama reelection campaign.
In addition to this insightful article, the May issue of Vogue also includes Mario Testino’s gorgeous photographs of the actress and her Avengers co-star Mark Ruffalo. Check out the May issue of Vogue and don’t miss The Avengers in theaters May 4!