Scarlett Ingrid Johansson, born November 22, 1984, is an American actress and singer. She was among the world’s highest paid actresses from 2014 to 2016, has made multiple appearances in the Forbes Celebrity 100, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Take a look below for 30 more interesting and awesome facts about Scarlett Johansson.
1. Born and raised in Manhattan, New York, Johansson aspired to be an actress from a young age, and first appeared on stage in an Off-Broadway play as a child.
2. She made her film debut in the fantasy comedy North, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Manny & Lo.
3. Johansson gained further recognition for her work in The Horse Whisperer and Ghost World.
4. Johansson shifted to adult roles in 2003 with her performances in Lost in Translation, for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress, and Girl with a Pearl Earring.
5. For her roles in Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring, A Love Song for Bobby Long and Match Point, she was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards.
6. She released two albums, Anywhere I Lay My Head and Break Up, both of which charted on the Billboard 200.
7. In 2010, Johansson debuted on Broadway in a revival of A View from the Bridge, which won her a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress.
8. In late 2010, she began portraying Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
9. Johansson was the highest grossing actress of 2016, and is also, as of 2018, the highest grossing actress of all time in North America in nominal dollar terms.
10. As a public figure, Johansson is considered a Hollywood sex symbol.
11. She has been married twice, to the Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011, and the French businessman Romain Dauriac, with whom she has a daughter, from 2014 to 2017.
12. Her father, Karsten Olaf Johansson, is an architect originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was an art historian, screenwriter and film director, whose own father was Swedish.
13. Johansson’s mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, from Poland and Russia.
14. Johansson has an older sister, Vanessa, who is also an actress, an older brother, Adrian, and a twin brother, Hunter.
15. She has an older half-brother, Christian, from her father’s first marriage.
16. Johansson is a maternal great-niece of Phil Schlamberg, the last known combat death of World War II, who was the wingman to Captain Jerry Yellin.
17. She received an “introducing” credit for The Horse Whisperer, even though this was her seventh feature film.
18. She attended and graduated from Professional Children’s School in Manhattan, New York City.
19. She applied to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for the fall 2003 semester, but wasn’t accepted. The rejection allowed her to focus on her career, which blossomed soon after.
20. Soon after Los in Translation was released, Johansson said she had a connection to older men and couldn’t see herself dating anyone under 30. True to her word, she had a relationship with actor Benicio Del Toro, who is 17 years her senior.
21. She was cast as Rebecca in the comedy movie Thumbsucker, but dropped out before filming began and was replaced by Kelli Garner.
22. She prepared for her role in Lost in Translation by living on Hokkaido with then-boyfriend Faiz Ahmad.
23. She is three minutes older than her twin brother Hunter Johansson. She says that these three minutes are the most important in her life.
24. Director Sofia Coppola directed both Johansson and her then-boyfriend Josh Hartnett, but not in the same movie. Scarlett was in Coppola’s Lost in Translation and Hartnett starred in The Virgin Suicides.
25. Johansson donated many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.
26. She raised money for international relief organization Oxfam by auctioning off two tickets for He’s Just Not That Into You on eBay, giving the winning bidders the opportunity to mingle with her. By January 2014, she has severed her connection with Oxfam.
27. She is an avid fan of Tom Waits. She recorded an album comprised entirely of Tom Waits covers, titled “Anywhere I Lay My Head.” The album was released on May 16, 2008, but wasn’t widely recognized.
28. She replaced Brazilian Gisele Bundchen as the face of Dolce & Gabbana perfumes in 2009.
29. Johansson has been the ambassador of Moet & Chandon Champagne since 2009.
30. In 2006, she signed an endorsement deal with cosmetics brand L’Oreal for $4 million.