“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.”
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