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“I didn’t know what he meant exactly”: ‘The Matrix’ Star’s Strange Question to a 9-Year-Old Scarlett Johansson Changed Her Life Forever

Scarlett Johansson has gained international recognition with her MCU role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow. Not only that, but her action portfolio is quite solid since she has worked on several projects of different genres which is a clear depiction of her honed craft. Having been industry for quite so long, she has witnessed many things along the way.

Scarlett Johansson Revealed Unexpected Question She Got from Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix franchise

In an interview, she revealed how he asked a strange question to her while they were traveling which stuck with her forever.

“When I was probably nine. I worked on a film called Just Cause and Laurence Fishburne was in it and we were traveling somewhere for the film. We were on a plane and I passed him a note in the file and he said to me, ‘Hey, let me ask you a question. Do you want to be an actor? Or do you want to be a movie star?’”

She continued,

“And, you know, in my mind, I didn’t really I didn’t know what he meant. Exactly. I felt like you know, you can be both right. I mean, you can be both but he was saying to me, ‘he’s like, Are you here to do the work?’ And, you know, I internalize that if your end goal is just to be a movie star. Well, you know, that’s one that’s different than acting.”

While the then-young actress was unable to comprehend its meaning, as she grew up, she understood what he wanted her to show. Given the glamorous career she enjoys today, many might be unaware of the hardships she faced during her acting journey.

Scarlett Johansson Reflects on Her Acting Career

“Since a very young age, I’ve been rejected constantly … the best call you can receive is after you are rejected for something and then you get it. You appreciate it more. I’ve basically made a career out of being second choice.”

Even her globally recognized Black Widow role was eventually offered to Emily Blunt. Due to scheduling conflicts, she ended up dropping out and the rest is history. She has been the subject of several controversies who once even stated feeling “objectified” and “pigeonholed” early in her career. However, she overcame the hurdles and eventually established herself among the top celebrities in the world. 

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