I was groomed to be a bombshell-type star, says Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson has revealed that she feared becoming pigeonholed during her younger years.



Scarlett Johansson thinks she was pigeonholed during her early career
Scarlett Johansson thinks she was pigeonholed during her early career

Scarlett Johansson feels she was "groomed" to become a "bombshell-type of actor".

The 38-year-old actress feared becoming pigeonholed during her younger years, and Scarlett is now thankful that she managed to take control of her own career.

She reflected: "I kind of became like an ingenue, sort of, and I just think that's part of - young girls like that are really objectified, and that's just a fact.

"I did 'Lost in Translation' and 'Girl With the Pearl Earring' and by that point, I was 18, 19, and I was coming into my own womanhood and learning my own desirability and sexuality."

Scarlett thinks she "got stuck" on a very specific trajectory during her younger years.

She told the 'Table for Two' podcast: "I think it was because of that trajectory I had been sort of launched towards - I really got stuck.

"I was kind of being groomed, in a way, to be this what you call a bombshell-type of actor."

Earlier this year, Scarlett claimed that she had been "objectified" during her career.

The actress also argued that she's been "hyper-sexualised" from a young age.

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.

"I remember thinking to myself, 'I think people think I'm 40 years old.' It somehow stopped being something that was desirable and something that I was fighting against."

Scarlett played a character five years her senior in 'Lost in Translation', and the actress recalled fearing for her career after the film's release.

She shared: "The runway is not long on that. So it was scary at that time. In a weird way, I was like, 'Is this it?' I attributed a lot of that to the fact that people thought I was much, much older than I was."