We Bought A Zoo star Scarlett Johansson talks to Metro about the public’s fascination with her private life, and what it was like to finally work with Cameron Crowe.
How do you deal with the public’s obsession with your private life?
I don’t know how anybody handles that kind of stuff. I’m still figuring it out. My greatest fear would be to lose the ability to make an audience sympathise with the character I played because they felt they knew so much about me and they couldn’t shake it. I want them to be completely convinced by who I am playing, to get lost in it.
What was it like to finally work with Cameron Crowe on We Bought A Zoo? You had wanted to work with him for five years.
It was amazing. You leave the audition feeling like a million bucks, whether you got the role or not. You’ve tried everything a million different ways, discussing the depths of the character you want to develop. So to be able to do that over months was a beautiful thing.
Were you inspired by the real zookeeper behind this true story?
My character’s not based on anybody. I met so many handlers and trainers throughout the process. They don’t have friends; they don’t have families; they dedicate their entire lives to the job. Cameron got it right in that sense, when my character, Kelly, gives that dialogue; I think that was inspired by someone he’d spoken to.
The director of photography said you were not scared in the snake scene – so what scares you?
Cockroaches. I hate them. I have a weird childhood trauma from cockroaches. I could do most things I didn’t want to do but any kind of cockroach situation, even if meant the performance of a lifetime, I don’t think I could do it.
Do you feel like you had a childhood? Did you miss what other children had because you were working?
I had a relatively normal childhood. It wasn’t like I was on a TV show constantly and had to be home schooled. I worked consistently but it was never for more than a few months of the year. In many ways, I did things that most kids never had the opportunity to do. I was living a dream… I’m still living it.
She was photographed last week Enjoying the attention of her well built bodyguard. And Scarlet Johansson is showing no signs of leaving her idyllic holiday yacht behind as she relaxes on the boat’s deck with her friends. The Avengers star stayed under the watchful gaze of her burly bodyguard, who took the opportunity to soak up some rays himself. He kept a close eye on her, joining her for a leisurely stroll on a beach before returning to the yacht. And he wasn’t the only one. One image shows two fisherman ogling the beauty as she steps down from the boat. No doubt her bodyguard was just behind, keeping check of their wandering eyes.
Scarlett even looked a little nervous when he wasn’t nearby, biting her nails and looking anxiously over her shoulder. She has got used to having him around at all times, the muscly hunk never off duty for a second. The actress’s burly sidekick was on hand with the soap as she hosed herself down after a dip in the water. Clearly he takes his job very seriously. Scarlett, 27, showed off her jaw-dropping curves as she washed herself after a dip in the water, appearing unselfconscious and very comfortable in his company. The pair were joined briefly by a couple of crew members, but were alone for the majority of the time Scarlett’s bodyguard appeared to be making himself useful by holding something which looked like soap while she showered- displaying an admirable work ethic.
The actress was seen languishing on the boat alongside her bodyguard with whom she put on a very tactile display as she sunbathed earlier in the day. Scarlett’s advertising executive boyfriend may be wishing he was there. It was Scarlett’s figure rather than the stunning Sicilian views that drew attention as she paraded her curves in a white string bikini. And her bodyguard clearly not wanting to be left out wore some rather form-fitting black trunks as he kept a watchful eye on her. Quite what he was expecting to encounter while at sea is anybody’s guess. But as they lay side by side on the deck, there was little space for anyone to get in between them. Laying out on a towel on the front deck of the vessel, Scarlett was the centre of attention in her white Bond-style two-piece. The Avengers star shielded her face from the sun with a visor and wore sunglasses over her eyes. The actress was joined by her hunky bodyguard and two female friends, and the group kept hydrated by sipping from water bottles. As they sped out to sea, the foursome snapped away with their cameras, taking in the breathtaking views.
Scarlett is currently staying in Sicily to attend Dolce & Gabbana’s first-ever couture collection presentation during Haute Couture Fashion Week this evening. The Lost In Translation star is one the spokesmodel’s for the fashion label’s cosmetics line. She has held the role since 2009.
She is the smouldering glamour puss of Hollywood, but Scarlett Johansson says that her good looks aren’t always the best asset. The actress insists that her appearance has occasionally impacted on her career, causing her to miss out on roles she coveted because she was thought of as ‘too sexy’.
Discussing the issue, the We Bought A Zoo star revealed: ‘That has happened to me before, yeah. That’s always an unfortunate thing to figure out. “Why can’t you see?!” For me, I would imagine casting someone, you would want to challenge yourself in some way. ‘It is so interesting to see actors transform. There are certainly plenty of times when I am definitely not sexy.’ Despite her complaint, the 27-year-old does take care of herself and says the secret to her looks are staying healthy, but not being too strict with herself when it comes to diet and exercise.
‘I live a relatively healthy lifestyle I think. Ish. I’m not overly strict. I like to go out and enjoy myself and drink a couple of glasses of wine and stay out late occasionally and eat a slice of cake. ‘I work out and eat well most of the time and try to get some rest. ‘[I eat] lots of kale. I try to stay away from meat and dairy and that.
Director Cameron Crowe was able to see past Scarlet’s famous curves and pout, and cast her as zookeeper Kelly in We Bought A Zoo, which is released on DVD this week.
‘It was amazing to be able to work with him,’ says Scarlet. ‘Any time we have ever done any work together has just been amazing. You leave the audition feeling like a million bucks whether you got the role or not: “I did work today that was hard and good”.
‘He makes you think. You’re thinking outside the box. You’re trying everything a million different ways; you’re discussing the depths of the character that you see that you want to develop. To finally be able to do that over months and build a character with him was great. It was a beautiful thing.’Scarlet had to get up close and personal with a number of animals, from tigers to snakes, during filming of We Bought A Zoo. But she reveals that there is only one that makes her squeamish.
‘Cockroaches. I hate them. I have a weird childhood trauma from cockroaches. I can’t stand them. Seriously. I could pretty much do most things that I didn’t want to do but any kind of cockroach situation, even if meant kind of the performance of a lifetime I don’t think I could do it. I’d be paralyzed by them. Tigers and lions are majestic. Cockroaches? No way.’ She also worked with children in the film, and says that she wouldn’t mind having some of her own in the future. ‘Someday it would be nice,’ Scarlet says. Not any time soon. It would be nice to have a couple of kids running around.
She’s a part of the star-studded “Avengers” cast that boasts one of the biggest box office money makers ever to grace the big screen, so it seems fitting to find Scarlett Johansson featured in the July 2012 issue of Total Film magazine.
The 27-year-old actress showed off her gorgeous smile in article beginning shot while chatting with the cinema buff-friendly publication about everything from her black widow character and new role in “Psycho” to her status as a sex symbol as she grows older.
Highlights from Miss Johansson’s interview are as follows.
On how she’d measure up to Black Widow:
“she could definitely kick my a**, that’s for sure. She has to remain lukewarm, in a sense. To keep a distance and not make decisions based on her emotions. I always make decisions based on my emotions. I’m not very practical that way. I think I’m hypersensitive and I think I use it for my job, so there are certainly a lot of differences there.”
On the films that gained her the most fans:
“When I was growing up, I had the core fans of ‘Ghost World’, who were really into that, and the other independent stuff I was doing. And that was cool. Then after ‘Lost In Translation’ it really started…”
On what made her want to play Black widow in the first place:
“I really loved the first ‘Ironman’. It reinvented that genre. I was never a big comic book fan. It was really the that film that I found to be very exciting. And ‘Ironman 2′, it was the first time I’ve ever been in a big blockbuster that did well, so that was nice.”
On being dubbed a sex symbol:
“I never wanted to be a sex symbol. I wanted to be a character actor. Those are the actors I often mostly admire. But I think women that are curvy can be pigeonholed in that bombshell thing. I never think of my characters that way. What can you do about it? As I get older, I think I’m seeing more multifaceted roles. I’m past the ingenue phase, which I’m very thankful for, but I’m happy is over.”
On playing Janet Leigh opposite Anthony Hopkins in ‘Psycho':
“I’m very excited to play her. There was never really an actor I wanted for portray or do a bio of but I do love Janet Leigh. I’ve always loved her. She was such a good actor and sexy. But it never got in the way of her work. She was spunky and her relationship with Hitchcock was famously one of great admiration and affection between them.”
source: Celebrity Gossip
With the 2012 release date schedule pretty much nailed in, give or take a few films, our eyes have started to wander toward the horizon. Some of this was discussed in one of our recent features in which we asked: are any of these dozen or so films going to arrive in 2012?
The answer is maybe. Some will appear at film festivals this year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they will surface with proper 2012 theatrical releases. One of those big, nebulous question marks hovers over one of our most anticipated films of the (hopefully) near future — Jonathan Glazer’s “Under The Skin” starring Scarlett Johansson.
Glazer’s a rare talent, a visual stylist who also cares about character, emotion and dramatic stakes. With two aughts classics under his belt (including his striking debut, “Sexy Beast”) and a list of spooky and impressive music videos, Glazer hasn’t made a feature length effort since “Birth” in 2004. Eight years is a long time between features, but “Under The Skin” — which appears to be in effects-heavy post-production — should be a haunting return to form.
About an alien (Johannsson) that takes the perfect synthetic form of an irresistibly alluring woman, driving remote highways seeking the resource she is here to collect — us — by snaring us with her sexuality, on the surface “Under The Skin” sounds like the 1995 sci-fi thriller “Species,” but in actuality it’s nothing like it. Based on Michel Faber’s novel, the book and screenplay demonstrate something much more nuanced, with incredibly creepy notes almost akin to a sci-fi-ish psychological horror. In fact, if you take that tenor and mix it with the not-so-sci-fi-ish tone of Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go,” it may be a strong indication of how unique this film is likely going to be.
And Scarlett Johansson concurs. “It’s so weird, I’ve never been in a movie where the logline of the movie, where the plot has been so twisted. It’s crazy. ‘Are you eating people on the side of the road?’ I’m like, ‘No, no!’,” she said in a recent interview with Variety, then qualifying what the film is like: “OK, yes I do play an alien who is wearing my own skin. But it’s actually not a science-fiction film; it’s sort of a film that asks existential questions and much more complex than the logline.”
Scarlett Johansson has been urged to quit making commercials and concentrate on movies.
The ‘We Bought A Zoo’ actress is the face of Moet Champagne and Dolce & Gabbana make-up but her ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ co-star Tom Wilkinson believes the actress is wasting her talents in promos.
He told BANG Showbiz: “There are times I want to say to actors, ‘You shouldn’t be doing this, this is the one thing you shouldn’t be doing.’
“An actress I know quite well, who I haven’t seen for a few years now, but I used to know quite well is Scarlett Johansson. I want to say to her enough is enough already with the ads for make-up, she is such a good actress she’s probably making bundles and bundles of money being the face of whatever it is. But nevertheless I want to say she’s such a good actress!
“I was watching her yesterday in something she did with Dennis Quaid ‘In Good Company’. It’s not necessarily a good movie but she is such a good actress, I want to say that’s what you do best, the other stuff is secondary.”
However, Scarlett may not appreciate the advice as Tom – who can next be seen in ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ with Dev Patel and Dame Judi Dench – admits most younger stars don’t ask him for help when he works with them.
The 64-year-old actor said: “I’ve never been asked for advice, not quite in that sense, most actors just know what to do.”
source: National Ledger