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“They never liked me”: Avengers Star Scarlett Johansson Was Hated For Her Voice, Faced Rejections For Many Commercials

Scarlett Johansson is a veteran actor in the Hollywood Industry. In an industry where every other actor wants to make a niche for themselves amid rising competition from their peers, it requires a special one to leave a signature that moviegoers shall remember in a blink. A signature that they associate with the actor, that feels like an extension of their personality. From Jack Nicholson’s iconic smile to Morgan Freeman’s calming voice, some actors have left their mark on the minds of their fans. Scarlett Johansson is no stranger to that, as her deep and textured voice leaves a footprint in the minds of the listeners.

Well, it wasn’t the case initially in her career as Johansson once stated that she was “never liked” owing to her distinct voice, which didn’t appeal to the directors back in the day.

Scarlett Johansson.
Scarlett Johansson.

The Humble Beginnings of Scarlett Johansson

For the unversed, Scarlett Johansson might come across as an actor who looks too young for her age, but the veteran actor has been a part of the industry from the early age of 9. Johansson’s love for acting grew as she continued auditioning for movies and theater. The actor made her film debut as John Ritter’s daughter in the fantasy comedy North (1994).

Although unknown to many, Scarlett Johansson had initially tried her luck in commercials where she wasn’t chosen owing to her voice, which certainly stood out from her peers only to work against her back then. The Prestige actor recalls,

“They never liked me, because of my voice, and I would have these huge temper tantrums afterward,” … “My mom and I were in the subway once, and I was having some temper tantrum, and I’d just come from this commercial. She was like, ‘You know what? We’re not going out for commercial auditions anymore’.”

Scarlett Johansson in the Jimmy Kimmel live!
Scarlett Johansson in the Jimmy Kimmel live!

Speaking to Candis magazine, Johansson said,

When I was a little kid, I trained as a singer because I really wanted to do musical theatre, but my voice was so deep it was impossible for me to get cast! So I went into acting instead”

Scarlett Johansson’s Big Rise in Hollywood

Though the actor began working quite young, it was not until she was 13 that she landed the role of a teenage girl, traumatized after a bad accident, injuring her horse and her mother in The Horse Whisperer. The movie grossed around $75.4M in the USA, earning young Johansson a seat in the eyes of the viewers and the industry.

Scarlett Johansson in Ghost In The Shell
Scarlett Johansson in Ghost In The Shell

Johansson then went on to act in several movies over the years which carved a niche for her in the industry such as Girl With a Pearl Earring(2003), Lost in Translation(2003), Under the Skin(2013), Ghost In The Shell(2017), JOJO Rabbit(2019), Marriage Story(2019) and then her famous stint as the Black Widow in the MCU, which got her character and her name to every other household.

Scarlett Johansson Found Greater Reach in MCU

Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, is the role that Scarlett Johansson landed as she came onboard the MCU. Ever since then she has appeared in as many as 15 MCU films.

Surprisingly, the actress Emily Blunt was scheduled to play Black Widow in Iron Man 2. However, the role went to Scarlett Johansson as the former had schedule conflicts. During her interview with Vanity Fair, Johansson stated,

“I’m not one to hold a grudge or anything. I was super excited about it. And I met with Jon again, and we had a funny conversation about how he had not cast me. But I was excited. I was so stoked.”

Scarlett Johansson in MCU.
Scarlett Johansson in the MCU

The veteran actor grabbed the opportunity she was presented with as she gave it her all to be Natasha Romanoff. Johansson even learned martial arts for her role, showing that the actor really loves her craft and leaves no stone unturned to ace it.


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