Scarlett Johansson says she was ‘prepped’ for ‘bombshell’ roles.

Scarlett Johansson looks back on her long career, avoiding the “bombshell” stereotype and “struggling” afterwards Lost in translation And The girl with the Pearl Earring. (Photo: Reuters)

Scarlett Johansson thinks her career could have taken a different direction if she had continued to play “bomb” roles. The 38-year-old actress sat down for a rare podcast interview on Table for two with Bruce Bozzi and recognized as 2003’s Lost in translation put it on a certain trajectory.

“It was kind of a transition into my adult career,” recalled Johansson, who made his film debut at age 9. “I had a really hard time doing that Lost in translation. I was 17, I was away, I was working with Bill Murray who I was a huge fan of and obviously he’s got a great personality and he’s a terrific character at times. Our characters have this kind of real love for each other, this deep relationship, and it’s been hard for me — I’ve struggled with that for so many reasons.”

Weeks after wrapping Sofia Coppola’s rom-com, Johansson moved into filming The girl with the Pearl Earring alongside Colin Firth. After finishing both films, Johansson felt like she was in a “strange fever dream”.

“Girls like that are really objectified and that’s just a fact,” Johansson said at one point, explaining how her career began with “this path of ingénue.”

“I did it Lost in translation And The girl with the Pearl Earring and at that point I was 18, 19 and just stepping into my womanhood and learning about my desirability and sexuality. I think it was because of that trajectory that I was being launched into — I really stuck,” Johansson told Bozzi on the podcast, which is co-produced by iHeartMedia and Air Mail. “I was kind of educated, in a way, for being what you call a bombshell actor. I was playing the other woman and the object of desire and suddenly I was cornered in this place like I can’t get out of it. That’s when I met Bryan.”

Johansson refers to partner and co-chair of the CAA, Bryan Lourd. The actress credits the powerhouse agent, who is married to Bozzi, for turning her career around.

“It would be easy to sit across from someone in that situation and say, ‘It’s working,'” she said. “But for that kind of bomb, you know, that burns bright and fast and then it’s done and you have no opportunity beyond that. And I thought, how is it burning so fast? It was an interesting, strange puzzle to be in , but he’s really back to work — working on it and trying to carve out different projects and work in big groups.”

An “incredible opportunity” that presented itself was the latter Iron man movie.

“That part at the time was very underdeveloped and hypersexualized, but I wanted to create a relationship with Jon Favreau, who I’ve worked with a couple of times since, who is an inspiration to me. And I also wanted to work with Kevin Feige, who he’s the head of Marvel, who I knew had a vision for this big picture, that people forgot at the time, that genre wasn’t what it is now,” Johansson continued. “The first Iron man with Robert Downey it was a sensation, it was unprecedented.”

Johansson is now one of Hollywood’s highest earning stars and has been nominated for an Oscar twice since teaming with Lourd. While some may think the golden statue is her dream, Johansson’s ultimate goal may come as a surprise.

“I really love producing and I love producing other people’s things,” she said. “My ideal job is a corner office on the Disney lot.”

Johansson sued Disney last year for simultaneously releasing Black Widow in theaters and on his streaming platform Disney+, claiming the move violated his contract. The two have reached a confidential settlement that is said to be around $40 million. Looks like it’s all water on the deck.

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