Scarlett Johansson has an acting career that spans over 20 years, having done a bit of everything in multiple genres – from drama and science fiction to superhero and fantasy – and worked with various renowned directors along the way, such as Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Sofia Coppola, Luc Besson, and the Coen brothers. It comes as no surprise that Johansson has now become the top-grossing actress in history – more so after the success of The Jungle Book and Captain America: Civil War.
All these professional achievements and more prompted the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) to choose her for the Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award for her accomplishments in cinematic artistry. During the gala, appropriately named “Celebrate Scarlett – An Evening with Scarlett Johansson,” the actress shared her favorite role she’s ever played.
In an interview with Michigan Avenue, Johansson revealed that, although a difficult decision, Natasha Romanoff a.k.a Black Widow is her favorite role:
“I really like playing Natasha, playing the Black Widow [in The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War]. It’s been an interesting journey, to take a character and grow it over these years, and peel the layers back and be able to, as you do in life, grow with this person. It’s a character that’s really enigmatic and has an amazing origins story, so there’s a lot for me to play off of.”
While she has played a variety of characters with different personalities and traits, Black Widow has made quite an impact on the audience. Johansson explains the audience loves this character because they like puzzle pieces, and that’s “part of the fun of the Marvel franchise,” as these movies put all the pieces together and with that the fans discover “little references that they knew from the comics and stuff.”
Johansson also spoke about the key to her success, explaining it’s all about loving what she does, learning more about it and her boundaries, and curiosity. It’s this same curiosity what keeps her inspired as well after two decades in this industry:
“Those things keep me going, keep me interested. And challenging myself, and trying to find projects… that I don’t know exactly how to do, but know that I can do them.”
Johansson shows no signs of stopping anytime soon: she is currently filming the adaptation of the Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell and will reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff for the two part Avengers movie Infinity War. Fans have been very vocal about Black Widow’s place in the MCU, and with Scarlett herself expressing how much she enjoys playing this character, we can only hope that a standalone Black Widow movie will be included in the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
Source: Michigan Avenue
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