Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson admits feeling ‘hypersexualized’ had major impact on early career

Scarlett Johansson candidly opened up about her successful career in Hollywood admitting that she felt threatened during the early stages due to hypersexualisation.

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Scarlett Johansson admits feeling ‘hypersexualized’ had major impact on early career

Scarlett Johansson candidly opened up about her successful career in Hollywood admitting that she felt threatened during the early stages due to hypersexualisation.

By LAUREN WILLIAMS
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Scarlett Johansson is most known for her role in the Marvel Universe as Black Widow but stepped into the film industry at just nine years old. Her career has seen her take on jobs such as the Marvel Universe, Lucy, Hitchcock, He’s Just Not That Into You and The Other Boleyn Girl. However, she has recently admitted that starring in movies from a young age made people look at her with an older perspective than what she was, leaving her susceptible to being “hypersexualised”.

The movie star joined Dax Shephard on his Armchair Expert podcast and began to delve into her life as a young movie star.

She explained: “I kind of became objectified and pigeonholed in this way where I felt like I wasn’t getting offers for work for things that I wanted to do and I remember thinking to myself, ‘I think people think I’m 40 years old?’

“It somehow stopped being something that was desirable and something I was fighting against.”

Scarlett continued: “I think everybody thought I was older and I had been doing it for a long time, I [was] kind of pigeonholed into this weird hypersexualized thing.

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Scarlett Johansson admits feeling 'hypersexualized' had significant impact on early career

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“I felt like it was over kind of…like that’s the kind of career you’ve had, these are the kind of roles played, and I was like, this is it.

“So it was scary at that time. In a weird way, I was like, ‘Is this it?’ And I attributed it to the fact that people thought I was much, much older than I was.”

She went on to express that she felt like actresses aren’t pigeonholed in the same way anymore, especially as she felt she was when she was younger.

“Now, I see younger actors that are in their 20s. It feels like they’re allowed to be all these different things.

Scarlett Johansson admits feeling 'hypersexualized' had significant impact on early career

Scarlett opened up about beginning her career at a young age (Image: GETTY)

“It’s another tie, too. We’re not even allowed to really pigeonhole other actors anymore, thankfully, right? People are much more dynamic,” she expressed.

Scarlett made her film debut when she was nine in Rob Reiners’s 1994 film, North, before going on to star in films such as Fall and Home Alone 3 in her teenage years.

Despite her glowing success in Hollywood, Scarlett keeps her private life and family life under wraps from the public eye.

She was previously married to fellow actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011, and journalist Romain Dauriac from 2014 to 2017 which whom she shares daughter, Rose Dorothy.

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Scarlett Johansson admits feeling 'hypersexualized' had significant impact on early career

Scarlett is known for her role as Black Widow in the Marvel Universe (Image: GETTY)

She is now happily married to Colin Jolt and gave birth to her second child, first with Colin, a son named Cosmo.

She initially kept her pregnancy under wraps, which saw her miss out on the red carpet event for Black Widow and was being filmed from the waist up.

A source told Page Six in July 2022: “Scarlett is pregnant but has been keeping it very quiet. She has been keeping a very low profile.

“She hasn’t been doing many interviews or events to promote Black Widow which is surprising since it is a huge Marvel/Disney release and she is both the star and an executive producer.”

Scarlett Johansson admits feeling 'hypersexualized' had significant impact on early career

Scarlette has two children, one with husband Colin Jost (Image: GETTY)

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