Birthplace: New York City
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Singer
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Ghost World, Lost in Translation
She was named for Scarlett O'Hara of Gone With the Wind, and as a child Scarlett Johansson always loved movies, especially Dirty Dancing and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She loved to sing and dance and pretend, and says she knew at three she would grow up to be an actress. When she was seven years old, her mother took Scarlett and her siblings to an audition for a commercial, and when an agent showed interest in her brother instead, Scarlett began screaming. At the girl's insistence, her parents took her to many more auditions, but she was never the girl anyone wanted for a commercial, and she often cried if she felt a try-out had gone poorly.
Finally understanding that she was serious about her desire to be an actress, her parents enrolled her in the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. She was eight when she began her studies there, and almost immediately made her professional stage debut, appearing off-Broadway in a production of Sophistry with Ethan Hawke and Steve Zahn. In her dramatic studies, she was quickly promoted out of the kids' class and in with the adult students. As word of her precocious talent spread, she landed a tiny role in her first film, Rob Reiner's disastrous North, playing John Ritter's young daughter. In her second film, the thriller Just Cause, she played Sean Connery's daughter. At 11 years of age, she finished her course with the Strasberg School.
She first drew critical acclaim for Manny & Lo, as the younger sister of a pregnant runaway. At 12 she played the girl who had her leg amputated after an accident in Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer (the credits said "introducing Scarlett Johansson", though it was her seventh film). She starred with Thora Birch in Terry Zwigoff's anti-social masterpiece Ghost World, playing a recent high school graduate when she was only 15. In the Coen brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There she was inappropriately eyed by Billy Bob Thornton. She was the Hungarian girl held behind bars in her American bedroom in An American Rhapsody with Nastassja Kinski, and she fought off mutant supersized spiders in Eight Legged Freaks with David Arquette. And then she turned 18.
If any doubt remained about Johansson's talent, it was wiped away with her heartbreaking performance in Lost in Translation, as a neglected newlywed sharing a Tokyo encounter with washed-up star Bill Murray. Opposite Colin Firth in Girl With A Pearl Earring she played the maid immortalized by Jan Vermeer's painting. In A Love Song For Bobby Long she was the depressed homeowner surprised to have John Travolta as a housemate. For her role in the action flop The Island, she offered to film her sex scene with Ewan McGregor topless, but director Michael Bey declined, wanting the film to be rated PG-13, not R. She has starred in two Woody Allen projects, the morality tale about love and tennis Match Point, and the understated comedy of journalism and old money Scoop with Hugh Jackman.
She is only in her mid-20s, but for more than a decade she has been called "mature beyond her years," perhaps because of her husky Lauren Bacall voice. She has won rave reviews and numerous critics' and film festival awards, and even in turkeys like My Brother the Pig or The Perfect Score, her performances always seem to hit the right note. She plans to direct movies, but decided not to attend film school because "it didn't really make any sense to me, to go to school for something I've been involved with for so long."
Johansson was photographed nude, with her arms over her breasts, alongside Tom Ford and Keira Knightley for the February 2006 issue of Vanity Fair. She was a celebrity spokesperson for Calvin Klein's perfume for two years, but left CK in 2006 for a multi-million deal to promote L'Oreal beauty products. She also has a deal with Reebok, for "Scarlett Hearts Rbk" branded shoes and apparel. She collects art, drives a BMW, has said her favorite actress is Judy Garland, and she describes herself as "totally ambitious."
Her high school sweetheart was Jack Antonoff, now the frontman for the band Steel Train. He wrote the band's song "Better Love," about Johansson after she dumped him, with lyrics including "This girl, she had it kinda sweet, Till fame swept her off her feet, She sees nothing she did before, Lets her colors hit the floor, Scars are in her name, And she scars me in blame, Hey Scarlett, you're not the same..."
In 2006, attending the Golden Globes ceremony, she was accosted by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, who pawed at Johansson's breasts while conducting red-carpet interviews for the E cable channel. Mizrahi later explained that he had been trying to ascertain how her dress was put together. "Like he doesn't know how a dress works," Johansson said. "I think he's a guy that's starting his TV career and he's making a bit of an exciting moment for himself."
Her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson (1922-2001), was a documentary filmmaker who also served as host of Tema (Topic), a Danish talk show in the late 1960s. Her mother comes from the Bronx, manages her daughter's career, and according to Scarlett "she's good about getting what she wants." Her father was born in Denmark, and came to America in his late 20s after divorcing his first wife. Despite her family's Danish background, please note, Johansson's name is pronounced Jo (not Yo) hansson.
Father: Karsten Johansson (building contractor)
Mother: Melanie Sloan Johansson (her manager, b. 1951)
Brother: Adrian Johansson (b. 1976)
Sister: Vanessa Johansson (actress)
Brother: Hunter Johansson (her twin)
Brother: Christian Johansson (half-brother)
Sister: Fenan Sloan (half-sister, b. 2008, adopted in Ethiopia May-2010)
Boyfriend: Jack Antonoff (lead singer of Steel Train, together 2001-02)
Boyfriend: Patrick Wilson (actor, together 2002-03)
Boyfriend: Jared Leto (actor, together in 2004)
Boyfriend: Josh Hartnett (actor, together 2005-07)
Husband: Ryan Reynolds (actor, together 2007-10, m. 27-Sep-2008, sep. 2010, div. 1-Jul-2011)
Boyfriend: Sean Penn (actor, together 2011)
Boyfriend: Romain Dauriac (together 2013, engaged to be married)
High School: Professional Children's School, Manhattan, NY (2002)
University: Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (1995)
Tony 2010 Best Featured Actress, A View From the Bridge
Endorsement of Disneyland Disney Parks (2007)
Endorsement of Walt Disney World Disney Parks (2007)
Endorsement of Dolce & Gabbana (2010)
Endorsement of Gap (2002)
Endorsement of L'Oreal (2006)
Endorsement of LVMH (2006)
Obama for America
Obama Victory Fund 2012
Hollywood Walk of Fame 6933 Hollywood Blvd (2-May-2012)
Danish Ancestry Paternal
Polish Ancestry Maternal
Risk Factors: Smoking
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Her (12-Oct-2013) [VOICE]
Don Jon (18-Jan-2013)
Woody Allen: A Documentary (30-May-2012) · Herself
The Avengers (11-Apr-2012)
We Bought a Zoo (26-Nov-2011) · Kelly Foster
Iron Man 2 (26-Apr-2010) · Natalie Rushman
He's Just Not That Into You (5-Feb-2009)
The Spirit (25-Dec-2008)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (17-May-2008)
The Other Boleyn Girl (15-Feb-2008) · Mary Boleyn
The Nanny Diaries (24-Aug-2007)
The Prestige (17-Oct-2006)
The Black Dahlia (9-Aug-2006) · Kay Lake
Scoop (28-Jul-2006) · Sondra Pransky
The Island (22-Jul-2005)
Match Point (12-May-2005)
In Good Company (6-Dec-2004)
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (14-Nov-2004) [VOICE]
A Good Woman (15-Sep-2004) · Meg Windermere
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2-Sep-2004)
The Perfect Score (27-Jan-2004) · Francesca
Girl with a Pearl Earring (31-Aug-2003) · Griet
Lost in Translation (29-Aug-2003) · Charlotte
Eight Legged Freaks (30-May-2002)
An American Rhapsody (20-Jun-2001)
Ghost World (16-Jun-2001) · Rebecca
The Man Who Wasn't There (13-May-2001) · Birdy Abundas
My Brother the Pig (1999) · Kathy
The Horse Whisperer (15-May-1998) · Grace MacLean
Home Alone 3 (12-Dec-1997) · Molly
Manny & Lo (26-Jul-1996)
If Lucy Fell (8-Mar-1996) · Emily
Just Cause (17-Feb-1995) · Kate
North (22-Jul-1994) · Laura Nelson
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