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Scarlett Johansson's Confessions: From hypersexualization to creating change for women in Hollywood

Scarlett Johansson said that I became pigeonholed into this weird hypersexualized thing because I believe everyone thought I was older and that I'd been [acting] for a long time.

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Scarlett Johansson's Confessions: From hypersexualization to creating change for women in Hollywood

Scarlett Johansson's career is incredibly remarkable, even though it hasn't been without its bumpy obstacles. She began her career as a child actress and has grown into one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses. The Avengers: Endgame actress was brutally honest about being "hypersexualized" and "pigeonholed" early in her career, feeling that it threatened her success, during an appearance on Dax Shepard's podcast Armchair Expert, which was celebrating its 500th episode.


Scarlett Johansson spoke about being "hypersexualized" and "pigeonholed."

Scarlett Johansson was her usual forthright self when speaking to Dax Shepard about how she felt "objectified and pigeonholed," which prevented her from receiving offers for the things she wanted to pursue. Scarlett began to worry that perhaps others thought she was 40 years old since things had become so horrible. As a result, it became something she was struggling against rather than something pleasant. Take the movie Lost in Translation, where Johansson, who was only 17 at the time, starred alongside Bill Murray as a character who was five years her senior.

According to the actress, 37, who spoke with Entertainment Tonight, "I believe that everyone assumed I was older and had been acting for a long time because of which I was sort of pigeonholed into this strange hypersexualized thing. I believed that [my career] had ended. "That's the kind of career you have; these are the roles you've performed," it was like. And I thought, "Is this it?" On that, the runway is not very lengthy. Thus, it was frightful at the moment. I was thinking, "Is this it?" strangely. I largely ascribed that to the fact that I was perceived as much, much older than I was."

Scarlett Johansson Discusses the Slow Progress Being Made for Women in Hollywood

Scarlett Johansson considered how things are with younger actresses now versus how they were when she was in her 20s "Recently, I've noticed more youthful actors in their 20s. They appear to be free to be all these different things. There is also another moment. Thankfully, we're not even permitted to categorize other actors any longer. People today are significantly more active."

The #MeToo Movement opened up discussions about the importance of making women's safety in the industry a significant priority and stopping males in positions of authority from abusing young actresses. Scarlett Johansson thinks there needs to be more done, though. Scarlett stated that even though the "600 males" may not be as overtly aggressive as they were a moment ago, we "live in patriarchy" and that there is "a fundamental reality of the condition of the woman that will always, it's still fundamentally there." Given how deeply ingrained patriarchy is in our culture and society, Scarlett finds it difficult to"I don't ever see that not being an element."

Scarlett Johansson, however, sees the bright side of how development, despite its glacial pace, is propelling Hollywood and beyond forward: "I've concluded that it's crucial to comprehend progress and change when it's significant because it involves taking two steps forward and two steps back before things improve and then deteriorate. It is not limited. I believe that if you don't give people the opportunity to figure it out, progressive change won't take place."

Scarlett Johansson has made a name for herself in the competitive world of Hollywood with several outstanding performances that have received critical acclaim and widespread popularity. Scarlett has always nailed every part that has come her brilliant way, whether as a bankable MCU star or to see more Indie-er movies!

Future Projects for Scarlett Johansson

There are two intriguing films in the works starring Scarlett Johansson, who was most recently seen in Black Widow and Sing 2. One of them is Wes Anderson's romantic comedy-drama Asteroid City, which stars a star-studded cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, and many others. Second is the British drama My Mother's Wedding, directed by Kristin Scott Thomas and starring Thomas, Freida Pinto, Sienna Miller, and Emily Beecham.

Scarlett Johansson On Personal Grounds

The second film is My Mother's Wedding, directed by Kristin Scott Thomas and features Freida Pinto, Sienna Miller, and Emily Beecham in addition to Thomas.

In the meantime, Scarlett Johansson and her husband, Saturday Night Live actor Colin Jost, had their first child together in August 2021, a son they called Cosmo. Rose, Johansson's 8-year-old daughter, is also a child of her ex-husband Romain Dauriac.

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