Scarlett Johansson Opens Up About Being Objectified and Stereotyped in Early Acting Days: “I Felt Hypersexualized and Pigeonholed”

During her early days in Hollywood, Scarlett Johansson experienced being overly sexualized and typecasted, feeling limited in her acting career. Speaking on the Armchair Expert podcast with Dax Shepard, the Black Widow actress, now 37 years old, shared how people in the industry perceived her as older than her actual age, which caused her to miss out on desired roles. She expressed feeling objectified and put into a box, leading to a lack of offers for the work she was interested in pursuing. Scarlett recalled thinking that others saw her as 40 years old at the time.

Reflecting on her career: Scarlett Johansson described feeling 'hypersexualized' and 'pigeonholed' in the early stages of her acting career in Hollywood; Pictured 2020

Looking back at her journey as an actress, Scarlett Johansson shared a personal experience of feeling overly sexualized and typecasted during the early stages of her career in Hollywood. Despite being perceived as more experienced and mature than her actual age, she found herself confined to certain roles that accentuated her physical appearance. This made her feel anxious and uncertain about her future prospects in the industry. However, Johansson has since made a name for herself as a versatile and critically acclaimed actress, proving that her talent goes beyond her looks.

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Nonetheless, the individual from New York noticed a positive shift occurring within the industry.

Objectified: 'I kind of became objectified and pigeonholed in this way where I felt like I wasn¿t getting offers for work for things that I wanted to do,' the actress, 37, shared; Pictured 2006

The actress, Scarlett Johansson, revealed that she felt objectified and typecasted in her career, which limited the offers for projects she truly wanted to be a part of. According to her, younger actors in their 20s have more freedom to explore different roles. She also noted that the entertainment industry has become more dynamic and diverse, with less tendency to pigeonhole actors based on their appearance or past performances. Johansson started out as a child actor but gained widespread recognition for her role as Charlotte in the 2003 film Lost in Translation, which earned her a BAFTA Award for Best Actress.

Hypersexualized: 'Because I think everybody thought I was older and that I'd been [acting] for a long time, I got kind of pigeonholed into this weird hypersexualized thing,' the beauty remarked; Pictured 2004

According to Johansson, she was typecast into a hypersexualized role at a young age due to people assuming she had been acting for a long time. In the movie “Lost in Translation,” she played a young wife left alone in a hotel by her photographer husband, even though she was actually five years younger than her character. She later starred as a seductress in the psychological thriller Match Point at just 19 years old, opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers who was 27. Despite these roles, Johansson has continued to showcase her versatility as an actress.

Young star: Johansson came to prominence when she was 17, starring alongside Bill Murray (then 52, now 72) in a romantic drama titled Lost in Translation. She was five years younger than her character's age; Pictured with Murray in a still

Johansson rose to fame at a young age of 17, playing a role in the romantic drama film, Lost in Translation, opposite Bill Murray who was then 52 years old (now 72). Even though she was five years younger than her character’s age, she did a great job in portraying the role. However, controversy arose when the film’s director, Woody Allen (who is now 86 years old), referred to her as “sexually radioactive” in his memoir, Apropos of Nothing. Despite this, Johansson has continued to star in numerous notable films and is set to appear in an upcoming drama movie entitled My Mother’s Wedding. The said movie will be directed by Kristin Scott Thomas, an Oscar-nominated actress known for her roles in critically acclaimed movies such as The English Patient and Four Weddings And A Funeral.

Very young: The beauty then went on to play a seductress in the 2005 thriller Match Point, when she was just 19, starring alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who was 27 at the time; Pictured in a still from Match Point

At a young age, the gorgeous actress took on the role of a temptress in the thrilling movie Match Point back in 2005. She was only 19 years old at the time and acted alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who was 27. A still from the film captures her in character as the seductress.

Yikes! The film's controversial director, Woody Allen, 86, later caught flack after he referred to her as 'sexually radioactive' in his memoir Apropos of Nothing; Pictured in 2005

Oh dear! The filmmaker, Woody Allen, caused controversy when he described the film’s lead actress as ‘sexually radioactive’ in his book Apropos of Nothing. Woody Allen is 86 years old. The story of the film revolves around Emmanuel, a renowned playwright in London, and his frail wife Lillian. Lillian has never been able to fully move on from the death of their daughter Sarah. This film is based on Elizabeth Jane Howard’s novel which was published in 1959.

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The marriage of the couple goes through some rough patches, but things take an unexpected twist when they decide to go on a trip to a secluded Greek island. There are speculations that Scarlett might be portraying the character of Lillian, but there is no confirmation yet regarding her role.

Next up! The blonde bombshell is next set to star in a new feature length drama titled, My Mother's Wedding directed by Kristin Scott Thomas; Johansson pictured in 2021

Coming soon! The gorgeous blonde actress is all set to take on a new lead role in an upcoming full-length drama called My Mother’s Wedding, helmed by Kristin Scott Thomas. Scarlett Johansson was spotted in 2021 promoting her latest project.

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