American actress Scarlett Johansson has designed a handbag for Spanish fashion chain Mango in a charity initiative to aid victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Johansson’s Haiti handbag will be distributed in all Mango stores worldwide from March 2010. All profits will be donated to INTERMÓN-OXFAM, which is helping victims of the disaster.
The Haiti handbag retails at £16.90 and will be exclusively available in more than 1,390 Mango stores.
Scarlett Johansson, who is the face of Mango, has designed a print on the handbag to represent the ancient cartography of Haiti. It contains the message “Supporting the people of Haiti” written and signed by the actress.
Johansson said: “I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Mango to promote conscious consumerism and to benefit Oxfam’s Haiti Earthquake Response Fund. By purchasing this bag, which I specially designed, you are helping to provide life-saving assistance like clean water to the people of Haiti.”
“At first, I felt a little self-conscious about it. But Liev told me, ‘The audience wants you to succeed.’ I actually never think about the financial part of it — the pressure to sell tickets. I only promise to show up on time and do my part. And I just hope I will have the opportunity to do it again.”
Reporting from New York – Scarlett Johansson started acting early – although she’s just 25 years old, her performing career already spans 16 years — and knows the usual drill. “I’m really used to a camera following me,” she says.
Yet for all of her movie work – Lost in Translation, Match Point, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Ghost World, to name a handful of her prominent roles — Johansson has never acted for something far less forgiving than 35mm film: a live theater audience.
Many actors have peppered their performing credits with the occasional theater gig; a summer stock show here, maybe a regional musical there. But Johansson started film acting, fell in love with it — “It’s all I know,” she says — and never left. By her recollection, the last play she performed in was an elementary school production of “Oliver!”
Her subsequent stage role is a little bit bigger: Catherine, the center of a tragic, sexualized battle in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge.” Says the actress in her backstage dressing room a few days before the show opened Jan. 24 to largely positive reviews: “It felt like it was a good time for me.”
New York, I Love You will be arriving on R1 DVD and BluRay this coming Tuesday. Both versions will feature Scarlett’s segment as a bonus feature. As you know, her directorial debut was cut from the theatrical version of the film but it did later debut on its own as part of LA Shorts Fest ‘09.
The complete stunning set of Mango’s Summer 2010 HQ promo pics has been added to the gallery. Personally it’s my fave Mango campaign with Scarlett, don’t you think she looks gorgeous? I adored it.
– Other Projects: Modeling: Mango > 2010 Spring/Summer campaign
Yesterday night Scarlett made her Broadway debut officially, in Arthur Miller’s play A View From The Bridge. After the play the whole cast attended the after-party. Scarlett was wearing a Dolce & Gabbana dress with Van Cleef & Arpels jewelery. In my opinion she looked a bit older, but so beautiful and cheerful anyway. Lots of HQs have been added to the gallery, hope you like them.
– Public Events: 2010 > A View From The Bridge Opening Night After-party
Scarlett’s Broadway play official opened yesterday and the first reviews are coming in. Here is what some of them are saying about her performance:
Johansson, an actor I never thought had much range, more than holds her own, and brings a stirring vulnerability and subtlety in the role of Carbone’s neice. Her performance feels wholly authentic and earned, and during her anguished love scene I could see tears streaking her cheeks. You can fake that on film, but not on stage. – Gothamist
Johansson, making her Broadway debut, is a revelation, giving a shaded, nuanced performance. At first, she’s sweetly fond of her uncle, only later realizing his unspoken attentions. And check out her impeccable Brooklyn accent. – ABC
Looking shapely in tight sweaters and skirts yet still girlishly oblivious to her sensuality, Johansson embodies this dilemma with touching dignity, as much in her moments of cautious distance as those of heated self-assertiveness. – Variety
Johansson disappears so completely into the role of Catherine, the plucky but naïve niece of a longshoreman, that you won’t stop to consider the qualities that make her distinctly suited to the part. Only afterward will you likely realize the actress’s youthful sensuality and capacity for good-natured goofiness constitute a perfect fit for this sheltered 17-year-old struggling to come to terms with her effect on men — her uncle, in particular. – USAToday
Johansson, sporting a convincing Brooklyn accent, is touching as the young girl blossoming into womanhood. Although like most stage tyros she needs to do more work in terms of projection and stage presence, she more than holds her own opposite her dynamic co-star, which is saying something indeed. – Hollywood Reporter
It was evident to me from her performance in “Girl with a Pearl Earring” in 2003, the same year she co-starred with Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation,” that Scarlett Johansson was an actress of major talent, not just star quality. She was 19 then; she had already been acting professionally for a decade. As Catherine, Johansson must be a sheltered girl who receives two shocks in quick succession – the jolt of love and the thunderbolt of betrayal — that force her to figure out how to grow up quickly; it is riveting to watch her do so. – The Faster Times
So many new things for today that I know you’re going to love! First of all, the site information has been updated, Scarlett’s Biography, the Quotes page & the Supported Causes one have all been completed with all from 2009/2010. There are also lots of new pics in the gallery. Some photos of Jan 20th’s A View From The Bridge show with Scarlett on stage, two new stunning Mango spring/summer 2010 campaign ads, and also a pic with an article of Scarlett & Liev Schreiber for Vogue magazine, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier. I hope you all like all this news, and remember that A View… opens tomorrow so we’ll get the first official reviews soon! Last but not least, here* you have the first video clips of Scarlett in the play! Yeah! Enjoy!
I’ve updated the gallery with several HQ production stills from Scarlett’s Broadway play “A View From the Bridge”. A few are just better quality versions of what was previously posted but there are some brand new photos in there as well.
You and three friends can meet Scarlett Johansson on opening night of her new play, A View from the Bridge, this Sunday (January 24) at NYC’s Cort Theatre.
You’ll get to watch the play, meet the 25-year-old actress at the after party, and help earthquake survivors in Haiti. If you’re lucky, you might spot Liev Schreiber at the after-party too!
All proceeds go to Oxfam’s Haiti Earthquake Response Fund, which is helping to provide clean water and sanitation.
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