Scarlett Johansson Thinks Hollywood Cast Her as a ‘HyperSєxualized’ 40-something For Years

Scarlett Johansson attends the 35th Annual American Cinematheque Awards Honoring Scarlett Johansson ...

Scarlett Johansson is now 37-years-old, but she came to fame in her teen years. In a new interview on Dax Shepard’s podcast Armchair Expert, she explained how even then, she knew the way she was being treated was inappropriate. And aging her up considerably.

“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,” she explained. “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.”

Constantly being courted for the same type of roles again and again left Johansson with the impression that there there was a very clear stopping point to her career ahead.

Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Coppola attend the premiere of "Lost In Translation" at the Odeon West-...

“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 hyperSєxualized thing,” she continued. “I felt like [my career] was over. It was like: that’s the kind of career you have, these are the roles you’ve played. And I was like, ‘This is it?’

She added, “The runway is not long on that. So it was scary at that time... I attributed a lot of that to the fact that people thought I was much, much older than I was.”

 

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