According to a report from TheHollywoodReporter.com, Scarlett Johansson recently came out to say that she regretted the way in which she was “hypersexualized” at the beginning of her career. For the Oscar Actress Roundtable, Johansson discussed the phenomenon with other women including Awkwafina, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o, Renée Zellweger, and J-Lo.
Speaking with the other women in the Actress Roundtable, Scarlett stated, “It’s so different now, the climate is so different now.” At the moment, Johansson is fresh off her performances in the Oscar potential films, Jojo Rabbit, and Marriage Story.
Scarlett claimed that the roles women are able to play now in the modern era are already a lot different from what was available when she was in her 20s. For instance, when she was much younger, many of her roles were far more sexualized, revolving around her looks and sexuality.
The actress stated that when she was working in her early 20s, she got the feeling as though she was typecast as a sex object. “It was another time,” Scarlett added, before going on to say the role she was playing was likely “crafted” for her by a “bunch of dudes” in Hollywood.
Johansson explained that being slotted into such a role is fundamentally different from now because, at the time, it felt as though she didn’t have any characters with more depth at her feet.
Thankfully, she was cast on Broadway in A View From The Bridge in 2009, for which she was awarded a Tony Award, and she began realizing what was possible.
Johansson went on to say that theater was a lot different in terms of what was available because every night she felt as though she had a different opportunity at her disposal. Additionally, she felt the potential to “change the narrative.”
As it was noted above, Scarlett worked alongside Adam Driver as well as Laura Dern in the movie, Marriage Story, directed and penned by Noam Baumbauch. There’s no question that Scarlett has since become an established actress for her work in a number of films, including A Love Song For Bobby Long, Match Paint, as well as Lost in Translation.