15 Little Known Facts About Scarlett Johansson
by Jennifer Lafferty
Scarlett Johansson is one of the most popular actresses of the last several years, but there are still many juicy facts about the star that may surprise even Johansson’s biggest fans. From her ambition to play a Disney princess to the aftermath of a painful lap dance, here are 15 fun, little-known facts about Scarlett.
She Lived in Japan
Scarlett Johansson obviously takes her work seriously. In order to prepare for her role in the 2003 drama Lost in Translation, which is set in Tokyo, she spent time living on Japan’s Hokkaido island.
She Dreams of Becoming a Disney Princess
As grown up and sophisticated as she may appear, Johansson seems to be a little girl at heart. She loved the movie Frozen and dreams of playing a Disney princess in a similar musical.
She Was Married to Ryan Reynolds
If you wonder why Scarlett Johansson is silent on the subject of ex-husband Ryan Reynolds, it’s because she doesn’t like to talk about their short-lived marriage. She’s now married to the father of her child, journalist Romain Dauriac.
She Fired Her Mother
Johansson’s mother, Melanie Sloan, started working as her manager when the actress was just nine years old, but 16 years later Johansson fired her mom, which had to be awkward. Sloan has since faced financial trouble.
She Loves Cheese Just As Much As We Do
While it’s not unusual to hear about celebrities who have serious vices such as alcohol, drugs or gambling, Scarlett Johansson’s weakness isn’t nearly as self-destructive. She says her only vice is cheese.
Conan O’Brien Sparked Her Career
During an interview with Conan O’Brien in 2005, Johansson reminisced about her first uncredited role, which was for a skit on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, in 1993 when Johansson was only eight years old.
She Was Rejected from NYU
She may be talented enough for Hollywood and the Broadway stage, but an 18-year-old Scarlett Johansson couldn’t make the cut at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, which rejected her when she applied in 2003.
She Has Her Own Tarot Card
In addition to being immortalized on film, she inspired Italian artist Francesco Clemente to feature her image in his deck of 78 custom painted tarot cards. Johansson represented the Queen of Swords.
She Sings Karaoke on the Reg
The actress is also a star when it comes to performing the art of karaoke, impressively belting out tunes, including three of her go-to songs by Fleetwood Mac: Landslide, Dreams, and Second Hand News.
She Has a Twin
It’s fairly well known that Scarlett Johansson has a twin brother named Hunter, but fans may not be aware that the two once acted together. The Johansson twins shared the stage in a school production of Oliver!
She’s Into Older Men
Soon after Lost in Translation, Johansson said she had a connection to older men. Although she was in a well-publicized relationship with Sean Penn, 24 years her senior, Johansson’s current husband is only 2 years older.
She Lost a Part to Sandra Bullock
Scarlett Johansson was in the running to play Ryan Stone in Alfonso Curon’s 2013 space thriller Gravity. Sandra Bullock eventually got the part, earning an Oscar nomination for her performance in the blockbuster.
She Was Born to Play Black Widow
Johansson fiercely campaigned for the part of Black Widow in Iron Man 2, even auditioning with red hair. She recently played the character for the fifth time in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.
She Has a Looney Tunes Character Named After Her
She has a reputation for easily transitioning to different genres and mediums, including animation. In 2011, The Looney Tunes Show honored Johansson by creating a character that resembles her, called Starlet Johansson.
She’s Had a Shocking Encounter with a Stripper
When they turned 20, Scarlett and her twin went to Disneyland — but on their 21st birthday, her brother was granted his wish; celebrating at a strip club, where Scarlett got bruised after hesitantly accepting a lap dance from a stripper.