Actress Scarlett Johansson sat down with the Hollywood Reporter in a roundtable discussion with other Oscar actresses on how she regrets to be typecast as hyper-sexualized early in her career saying, "It's so different now."
Johansson joined Jennifer Lopez, Renee Zellweger, Lupita Nyong'o, Laura Dern and Awkwafina in aHollywoood Reporter roundtable discussion on how her choice of film roles changed over the course of her career.
Johansson stars in Oscar contenders "Marriage Story" and "Jojo Rabbit." She goes on to explain how "the opportunities for women of every age to play all different types of people" has broadened, compared with the sex symbol roles she was offered in her early 20s.
She felt there was nowhere to go but tells the actress roundtable,"I felt that I sort of got, somehow, typecast. I was very hyper-sexualized," she said. "Which, I guess, at the time seemed OK to everyone. It was another time. Even though it wasn't a part of my own narrative, it was kind of crafted for me by probably a bunch of dudes in the industry. And I guess that worked then, but it was really difficult for me to try to figure out how to get out of being an ingenue or the other woman because it was never anything that I had intended."
Johansson Discusses What Took Place Early in Her Career
Johansson goes on to explain, "The opportunities for women of every age to play all different types of people" has broadened, compared with the sex symbol roles she was offered in her early 20s.
Her career took off with an opportunity to star on Broadway in Arthur Miller's A "View From the Bridge" in 2009, which "totally reset my whole way of thinking about how I could work and the different kinds of opportunities that could be available to me." She won a Tony Award for her performance.
She told the roundtable that "It's amazing how theater is limitless," "Even though it was terrifying, it was liberating because I actually felt that every night I had the opportunity to change the narrative."
Scarlett will star in "Marriage Story" along with Adam Driver and Laura Dern. The film was written and directed by Noah Baumbach.
Johansson has four career Golden Globe nominations, for her work in "Lost in Translation", "Girl With a Pearl Earring," "A Love Song for Bobby Long" and "Match Point."
The full roundtable discussion will air January 12 during the Oscar season on Sundance TV. The year 2020 will be very interesting!