Scarlett Johansson : 100 Things You Didn’t Know About Her
Scarlett Johansson is an American actress, model, and singer. Let’s see 100 interesting facts and trivia about her!
1. Scarlett Johansson love animals. She has a cat named Trooper and a chihuahua named Maggie.
2. Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City.
3. Her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect originally from Copenhagen, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was a screenwriter and director.
4. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx.
5. Sloan’s ancestors were Jewish immigrants from both Poland and Minsk in the Russian Empire.
6. She has an older sister, Vanessa, also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; a twin brother, Hunter (who appeared with her in the film Manny & Lo) and an older half-brother, Christian, from her father’s first marriage.
7. Scarlett Johansson grew up in a household with “little money”, and with a mother who was a “film buff”.
8. She and her twin brother attended PS 41 elementary school in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
9. Scarlett Johansson began her theatrical training by attending and graduating from Professional Children’s School in Manhattan in 2002.
10. Scarlett Johansson began acting during childhood, after her mother started taking her to auditions. She would audition for commercials but took rejection so hard her mother began limiting her to film tryouts.
11. She made her film debut at the age of 9, as John Ritter’s daughter in the 1994 fantasy comedy, North.
12. Following minor roles in the 1995 film Just Cause, as the daughter of Sean Connery and Kate Capshaw, and If Lucy Fell in 1996, she played the role of Amanda in Manny & Lo (1996).
13. Her performance in Manny & Lo garnered a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female,.
14. After appearing in minor roles in Fall and Home Alone 3 in 1997, Johansson garnered widely spread attention for her performance in the 1998 film The Horse Whisperer, directed by Robert Redford.
15. She received a nomination for the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress for the film.
16. In 1999, she appeared in My Brother the Pig and in 2001 in the neo-noir Coen brothers film The Man Who Wasn’t There.
17. Also in 1999, she appeared in the music video for Mandy Moore’s single, “Candy”.
18. Although the film was not a box office success, she received praise for her break-out role in Ghost World (2001). Credited with “sensitivity and talent [that] belie her age”.
19. In 2002, she appeared in Eight Legged Freaks with David Arquette.
20. Scarlett Johansson made the transition from teen roles to adult roles, with two roles in 2003.
21. In the Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation, she played Charlotte, a listless and lonely young wife, opposite Bill Murray.
22. Roger Ebert wrote that he loved the film and described the performances of Johansson and Murray as “wonderful”.
23. Scarlett Johansson won the BAFTA Award and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
24. She received nominations from a number of film critic organizations, including the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Chicago Film Critics Association.
25. At age 18, Johansson played Griet in Peter Webber’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
26. She was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
27. She was nominated by the London Film Critics’ Circle, the Phoenix Film Critics Society.
28. Scarlett Johansson was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2004.
29. The same year, she had voice or onscreen roles in five films: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie; A Good Woman, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan, which had a limited U.S. release, and was both a box office and critical failure.
30. In July 2005, Johansson starred with Ewan McGregor in Michael Bay’s science fiction film, The Island, in dual roles as Sarah Jordan and her clone, Jordan Two Delta.
31. The film was a commercial failure and received mixed critical reviews.
32. In contrast, her role as Nola, the American actress with whom Chris (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is obsessed, in the Woody Allen-directed drama Match Point, was well received.
33. The New York Times said, “Ms. Johansson and Mr. Rhys-Meyers manage some of the best acting seen in a Woody Allen movie in a long time, escaping the archness and emotional disconnection that his writing often imposes.”
34. Scarlet Johansson received her fourth Golden Globe nomination, and one from the Chicago Film Critics Association, for Best Supporting Actress.
35. In another collaboration with Allen, she was cast opposite Hugh Jackman and Allen in the 2006 film Scoop. While the film enjoyed a modest worldwide box office success, it received mixed reviews by critics.
36. The same year, she appeared in Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia, a film noir shot in Los Angeles and Bulgaria.
37. Scarlet Johansson later said she was a De Palma fan and had wanted to work with him on the film, even though she thought that she was “physically wrong” for the part.
38. Scarlet Johansson next had a supporting role in the Christopher Nolan thriller The Prestige (2006), again opposite Hugh Jackman, as well as Christian Bale. Nolan, who described Johansson as possessing an “ambiguity… a shielded quality”, said he was “very keen” for her to play the role.
39. Also in 2006, Scarlett Johansson starred in the short film ‘When The Deal Goes Down, directed by Bennett Miller, set to Bob Dylan’s “When the Deal Goes Down…”, released to promote Dylan’s album, Modern Times.
40. Scarlett Johansson starred in 2007’s The Nanny Diaries, alongside Laura Linney.
41. The film performed only marginally well at the box office, and was critically panned.
42. In 2008, Scarlet Johansson starred in The Other Boleyn Girl, with Natalie Portman and Eric Bana, a film which garnered mixed reviews
43. Scarlet Johansson filmed her third Woody Allen film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, in Spain, appearing opposite Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.
44. The film was one of Allen’s most profitable and appeared on many critics’ top ten lists of the best films of 2008.
45. She also played the femme fatale Silken Floss in Frank Miller’s film noir, comedy adaptation of The Spirit. The film received mostly poor reviews.
46. Scarlet Johansson later appeared in the role of Anna, a yoga instructor, in the 2009 ensemble cast of He’s Just Not That Into You, with Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper, Drew Barrymore and Kevin Connolly.
47. In March 2009, Johansson signed on to play Natalia Romanova/Natasha Romanoff, aka “The Black Widow” in Iron Man 2 after Emily Blunt turned down the role.
48. In 2011, Johansson played the role of Kelly, a zookeeper in the family film We Bought a Zoo. The film gained mainly favorable reviews.
49. In November 2011, it was reported that she planned to make her directorial debut by adapting Truman Capote’s novel, Summer Crossing, with the screenplay written by playwright Tristine Skyler.
50. Scarlet Johansson reprised the role of Natasha Romanoff in The Avengers in 2012. The Avengers received positive reviews and was highly successful at the box office, becoming the third highest-grossing film both in the United States and worldwide.
51. In early March 2012, it was announced that Scarlet Johansson had been cast as Janet Leigh in the Sacha Gervasi-directed film Hitchcock, a behind-the-scenes drama about the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho.
52. Scarlet Johansson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 2, 2012, located at 6931 Hollywood Blvd., in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum.
53. Also in 2012, Johansson was cast in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon.
54. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and had its wide release in September 2013. Don Jon received positive reviews.
55. Scarlet Johansson’s performance was highlighted by critics; Claudia Puig of USA Today stated that she “gives one of her best performances as the bossy, gum-chewing Jersey girl”.
56. In 2013, Johansson voiced the character Samantha, an intelligent computer operating system, in the Spike Jonze film Her, replacing Samantha Morton in the role.
57. The film received critical acclaim upon release with Johansson’s performance being well-received among critics.
58. Scarlet Johansson was also cast in the 2013 film Under the Skin, the film adaptation of Michel Faber’s novel of the same name, directed by Jonathan Glazer, appearing in a role which required full frontal nudity.
59. In October 2014, it was announced that Johannson will star in and executive produce the upcoming eight-episode period series The Custom of the Country, based on Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel of the same name.
60. Scarlet Johansson reprised her role as Black Widow in the 2014 sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, alongside frequent co-star Chris Evans as the title character.
61. She played Molly in the 2014 film Chef, alongside Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr. and Sofía Vergara.
62. She also starred in Lucy, a science fiction action film directed by Luc Besson, which was released on July 25, 2014.
63. The film received largely positive, but also polarizing, critical reviews, and grossed $458 million against a budget of $40 million.
64. In 2015, Johansson again played the Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron, alongside the original cast of the first Avengers film.
65. A mixture of close-ups, concealing costumes, stunt doubles and visual effects were used to help hide Johansson’s pregnancy during filming.
66. On January 5, 2015, Variety announced that Johannson has signed on to play the lead role in a film adaptation of the Ghost in the Shell franchise, which will be directed by Rupert Sanders and produced by Avi Arad and Steven Paul.
67. The casting of Johansson for the film was met with criticism from many fans and critics, calling the choice “whitewashing”.
68. A petition was created in the effort to have Johansson removed from the project.
69. Scarlet Johansson made her first stage appearance when she was 8 years old in the Off Broadway play Sophistry opposite Ethan Hawke.
70. In January 2010, following previews that began December 28, 2009, Johansson made her debut on Broadway, as Catherine Carbone in the drama A View from the Bridge, written by Arthur Miller and directed by Gregory Mosher. Liev Schreiber played opposite her.
71. Scarlet Johansson won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play, for her role in the play.
72. Her win received some backlash from critics and seasoned Broadway actors who felt she was undeserving of the award.
73. Scarlet Johansson starred as Maggie in a Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof beginning January 17, 2013.
75. Scarlet Johansson has appeared in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, L’Oréal and Louis Vuitton, and has been the face of Spanish brand Mango since 2009.
76. After appearing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Johansson was announced as the face of the new Dolce & Gabbana make-up collection in early 2009.
77. She made a personal appearance at the London store, Selfridges, on July 31, 2009, to help launch and promote the line.
78. Scarlet Johansson was also the first Hollywood celebrity to become an ambassador for a champagne house.
79. She is the spokesperson for Moët & Chandon.
80. In January 2014, the Israeli Sodastream home-carbonation system company announced Johannson as its first brand ambassador.
81. She has stayed the course, though her involvement has generated controversy.
82. In 2005, Scarlett Johansson was considered for the role of Maria in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End revival of The Sound of Music, though the role ultimately went to newcomer Connie Fisher (winner of the BBC talent show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?).
83. In 2007, Johansson appeared as the leading lady in Justin Timberlake’s music video, for “What Goes Around… Comes Around”, which was nominated in August 2007, for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
84. Scarlet Johansson’s physical appearance and personality consistently score high within the US and UK male demographic. Maxim ranked her at No. 6 in their Hot 100 Issue in 2006, No. 3 in 2007, No. 2 in 2008, No. 34 in 2009, No. 14 in 2010, and 2011, No. 17 in 2012, No. 15 in 2013, and No. 2 in 2014.
85. In November 2006, she was named the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire.
86. She appeared on the cover of the March 2006 issue of Vanity Fair in the nude alongside actress Keira Knightley and fashion designer Tom Ford.
87. In February 2007, she was named the “Sexiest Celebrity” of the year by Playboy.
88. In 2010, GQ named her its Babe of the Year.
89. In 2011, Men’s Health named her one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time”, ranking her at No. 12.
90. FHM has regularly ranked her as one of their 100 sexiest famous women since 2005.
91. During the filming of Match Point, director Woody Allen described Johansson as “sexually overwhelming”, saying that he found it “very hard to be extra witty around a sexually overwhelming, beautiful young woman who is wittier than you are.”
92. In 2014, New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane wrote that “she is evidently, and profitably, aware of her sultriness, and of how much, down to the last inch, it contributes to the contours of her reputation.”
93. Scarlet Johansson is commonly referred to as “ScarJo” by the media and fans, but has stated that she dislikes the nickname, calling it “awful” and “terrible”.
94. In the May 2014 issue of Glamour, she stated, “I associate that name with, like, pop stars. It sounds tacky. It’s lazy and flippant. And there’s something kind of violent about it. There’s something insulting about it.”
95. In 2005, Johansson became a Global Ambassador for the aid and development agency Oxfam.
96. In March 2008, a UK-based bidder paid £20,000 on an eBay auction to benefit Oxfam, winning a hair and makeup treatment, a pair of tickets and a chauffeured trip to accompany Johansson on a 20-minute date to the world premiere of He’s Just Not That Into You.
97. In January 2014, Johansson resigned from her Oxfam position after facing criticism for her promotion of SodaStream, whose main factory is based in Mishor Adumim, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, as Oxfam opposes all trade with such Israeli settlements.
98. Scarlet Johansson said she and Oxfam “have a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement”.
99. In response to her resignation, Oxfam stated that it was “grateful for her many contributions … [in] helping to highlight the impact of natural disasters and raise funds to save lives and fight poverty”.
100. Scarlet Johansson was registered as an independent, at least through 2008, and campaigned for Democratic candidate John Kerry in the 2004 United States presidential election.