Scarlett Johansson reflects on feeling 'hypersexualized' in her career
2023/08/20

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Scarlett Johansson described feeling 'hypersexualized' and 'pigeonholed' in the early stages of her acting career in Hollywood. 

The Black Widow star, 37, appeared on Dax Shepard's podcast, Armchair Expert, on Monday, and shared how people in the industry saw her as older than what she was, leading to her not getting the roles she wanted.  

'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. I remember thinking to myself, "I think people think I'm 40 years old,"' she revealed. 

Reflecting on her career: Scarlett Johansson described feeling 'hypersexualized' and 'pigeonholed' in the early stages of her acting career in Hollywood; Pictured 2020

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'Because I think everybody thought I was older and that I'd been [acting] for a long time, I got kind of pigeonholed into this weird hypersexualized thing,' the beauty remarked.

'The runway is not long on that. So it was scary at that time. In a weird way, I was like, "Is this it?"' she added. 

However, the New York native noted that things in the industry appear to be changing for the better.

Objectified: '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,' the actress, 37, shared; Pictured 2006

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

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'It's another time, too. We're not even allowed to really pigeonhole other actors anymore, thankfully, right? People are much more dynamic,' Johansson added.

The blonde bombshell started out her career as a child actor, but came to prominence when she was 17-years-old, while playing Charlotte in the 2003 Sofia Coppola film, Lost in Translation, alongside Bill Murray (then 52, now 72) for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress.

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