Scarlet Johansson: Beauty you recognize in others, Sexiness you see in yourself

Scarlett out with her mom, Melanie Sloan, in Beverly Hills on 8/10/08. Credit: Fame Pictures

Scarlett Johansson has a new interview in UK’s Hello! and she comes across as pretty fun and down to earth. We’ve had some debate here over whether we have too high expectations for celebrities. [thanks czarina] It’s like we expect them to look gorgeous, act well, and give witty and intelligent interviews and are let down when they only score on two out of three counts. 23 year-old Johansson definitely gives a good interview, though, and I found myself smiling at some of her answers. She still thinks she can sing so we know she’s not perfect at least:

What do you think of this whole debate about sexy vs. beautiful? How do you see yourself?
“Beauty is something you recognize in someone. I mean, you put on an outfit or whatever and you think, ‘Hey, I feel sexy’. But I think that it’s rare that you feel beautiful. I never really look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘I look really beautiful.’ I look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘Yeah! I look hot.’

“When you’re looking at yourself you see all your flaws and you think of them as being unattractive. But when you look at someone else, it’s the flaws that make them so beautiful.”

[From Hello! Magazine, print edition, August 19, 2008]

Johansson lost me when she started talking about flaws making people beautiful, that seems a little contrived, but I agree with her that you don’t consider yourself beautiful. You can feel sexy if you look good though.

Scarlet expresses gratitude for her success and realizes that she’s had it really easy compared to some of her friends in the business.

Do you consider yourself lucky?
“Damn lucky. [Smiles.] I certainly know that I have a chance that’s one in a million and a job that’s sort of disposable, and I feel lucky that I haven’t been found out.

“I constantly recognise my incredible luck and am reminded of it every day when I talk to friends who said that they waited three hours for a casting call and they got to the door and it was shut in their face… I was in the right place at the right time.

Does your success overwhelm you at times?
“No. My head is screwed on pretty good and I just take it as it comes, I suppose.

“I think it depends on where you come from and what kind of family you come from.”

How do you cope with it and stay so down-to-earth?
“I don’t know. Thank you for saying I’m down-to-earth because you really don’t know me. I could be just a total prissy loser. [Laughs.] But, you know, I guess I don’t adjust. That’s probably why I stay the same. [Laughs.]

Do you think that acting is harder for a woman?
“Oh, definitely. I mean, that’s a given. Women kind of wilt as men sort of achieve as they get older, like wine or whatever. It’s like, ‘Oh, she’s past her prime and she can’t play a sex symbol’… It’s just a preconceived notion about women in general and particularly in this industry. It’s a very vain, vain industry.”

[From Hello! Magazine, print edition, August 19, 2008]

Scarlett also says she hasn’t “even thought about” her wedding to her fiance, Ryan Reynolds yet. There are rumors that these two are having trouble because they haven’t been seen out together much lately, but they were just photographed kissing earlier in the week. They’re probably just a very private couple.

As we mentioned, Scarlett may be cool as hell but she’s not without her flaws. Her first album, a set of Tom Waits covers called Anywhere I Lay My Head, had a lukewarm reception, with many critics saying she can’t really sing. She says she “would love to do another album” when asked about it. She also has praise for the people she worked with and that “it was fantastic to not only live with that music I love every day, but to work with such wonderful musicians.” Scarlett adds that she would “like to focus on something to direct” next and that she first got the urge while making The Horse Whisperer at the age of 13.

The world is wide open for Scarlett, but maybe she should just focus on acting and not put out another CD. If there’s anything that could burst her well-deserved bubble I would have to say it’s her voice.

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  1. daisy424 says:

    I couldn’t listen to the entire clip of her singing. I can’t carry a tune and know it, but don’t her friends tell her the truth?
    Agree with CB; stay with acting.

  2. cara says:

    Off base here, but am I the only one repulsed by the commercials for her new soft core porn, Woody Allen flick?

    What, he can’t stick to funny murder mysteries? It’s got to be T and A? Upsetting. Woody, he lives up to only his name.

  3. Nikki says:

    I’ll open with she sings as well as she acts. But CB, she should “stay with acting??” I’m sorry but with the exception of “Ghost World,” (okay and “Lost in Trans” – but that was less about dialogue, more about staring off into the distance …albeit intently and with gravitas) I find it painful to watch her act. She certainly looks good on screen (in person, I truly appall her unflattering style) but where’s the talent? I’m not a hater but just don’t understand how she is hired and tolerated at such a high level in the industry – and so often paired with some major talents. If you disagree – set me straight. Someone direct me to a performance of her’s that isn’t stilted, forced or that simply doesn’t hold weight. I’ve never read a wholly complementarily review about any of her work (save the first two movies I mentioned) so I know I’m not too far adrift with my opinion.

  4. hello says:

    The public radio station here played the first single whenever they got bored and just laughed through it. So if I were her, I’d stick to acting…and getting better at that.

    I didn’t even know she was engages to Ryan Reynolds! When did that happen?? I’m going to agree with CB with the whole really private thing.

  5. daisy424 says:

    Nikki, I see what you mean and I am not going to disagree., but…..
    I did like “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, that could be my love for Colin Firth. “The Other Boleyn Girl”, thought she was good, but love Eric Bana.

    Hmmmm, okay you won that one!

  6. Megan says:

    I love that she’s holding hands with her mum, I do that :)

  7. Bodhi says:

    I love Scarlett! She is defiantely someone I could hang out with

  8. lilah012 says:

    Agree with Nikki. She’s good at acting bored (Ghost World, Lost in Translation) but any other time she’s just flat. (Obviously not physically.)

  9. Maritza says:

    I loved her performance in SNL, I wish she would do it again. She is really funny!

  10. Jen (the other one) says:

    I could be just a total prissy loser.

    Yeah, that sounds about right. Heh.

    Only thing I’ve ever “seen” her in was the Spongebob Squarepants movie, and she was AWFUL.

  11. Jen (the other one) says:

    Nikki said: I…just don’t understand how she is hired and tolerated at such a high level in the industry…”

    To quote Erin Brockovich, “They’re called boobs, Ed.”

  12. Trillion says:

    Her two major talents are sitting on her chest…

  13. Nan says:

    It seems something has been done to correct those horribly bloated jowles of hers. Can’t they do anything for Jen Aniston? Probably not, they’d need a sawzall for that.

  14. Nan says:

    her mom looks like she struggles w/the bottle & a crackpipe.

  15. Bodhi says:

    horribly bloated jowles ?

    Um, what?

  16. hello says:

    She dresses how I imagine Charlie Chaplin would if he were in the 00s

  17. Orangejulius says:

    She needs to stick to acting because she hasn’t quite mastered that art yet….

  18. Victoria says:

    Bodhi… Agree.. Jowles.. Don’t see. But, don’t care for her singing. Stick to acting.

  19. czarina says:

    Just read this right now–I’m honored to have started a debate on celebrity interviews!!LOL
    Yes, I thought she did a good job in the interview. (have never seen her act or heard her sing…ok, I know it seems sometimes like I’m living under a rock, but there you go).
    So, based solely on the interview, I thought she did a good job of being approachable and personable but not ‘too’ open or giving up way too much information (i.e.Katie Price).
    Maybe we need an interview points system?

  20. Sienna says:

    I thought she was 30 years old…I didn’t know that she was so young…I found her pretty good in Match point, but I don’t like her voice…Her look is awful..

  21. Nan says:

    Sorry, you must be confused. This isn’t DListed. I’m not taking the bait. I have no reason to be angry w/myself or my life. Oh, look, maybe I did get baited. You always have to be in some kind of argument w/someone. Try skydiving. It works.

  22. pissoff says:

    “Johansson lost me when she started talking about flaws making people beautiful”

    — You’re a blogger who obsesses over Paris Hilton and L. Lohan. I’m not surprised you were lost by what she was saying about flaws and beauty.

  23. Scarlett doesn’t even need to act. She should just sit there and look like Marylin Monroe. No singing either.

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