Scarlett Johansson's Come-to-Jesus Moment as a 7-Year-Old Kid

W’s March 2015 cover star shares her obsession for Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis, being a child actor, and playing Black Widow in The Avengers.

Released on 2/12/2015

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Starring: Scarlett Johansson

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The first movie that I remember seeing
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that made a big impression on me was probably,
00:09
I would say Meet Me in St. Louis with Judy Garland.
00:13
I mean I watched that movie obsessively as a kid.
00:17
And I, I was completely enamored with Judy Garland.
00:21
I had a big imagination as a kid.
00:24
I think that those movies really took me to a,
00:27
I felt nostalgic for a time I never lived through
00:29
or something and I still feel that way.
00:31
The first thing I ever auditioned for
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was a Kitchen Aid voiceover and I booked it.
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It was the only commercial I ever booked.
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I could never get, I could never book commercials
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'cause my voice was too deep and I was this blonde,
00:44
you know, kind of small kid, enthusiastic kid,
00:47
and then I'd open up my mouth and people go
00:49
Oh, do you have a cold?
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I was terrible at selling things,
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I was really bad at improvising, you know,
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these kind of fake corny, you know Smucker's jelly
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I'd get so overwhelmed and I remember crying in the subway
01:04
and my mom said Look, you know, I don't want to take you
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on these auditions, just let's you forget it,
01:10
do something else.
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And I remember I was like No! I can't!
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You can't take it away from me!
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I wanted to be an actor, you know.
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I wanted to be, I wanted to make movies
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and I wanted to do plays and musicals and
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my mom said Well, fine then we're just gonna take you
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only on legit auditions and it worked out great
01:28
because I did really well when I went out for film.
01:32
They loved my voice and they loved my, you know, whatever,
01:34
and I guess that was my come to Jesus moment
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at seven, waiting for the B train or whatever.
01:40
I actually visited Pixar hoping that, maybe
01:42
they would use my voice for a cartoon, but
01:45
princesses just don't sound like me yet, I guess.
01:48
I was ripe for the pickin'.
01:50
What happened?
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This was before her, I was like finally Spike called me
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That's what I was thinking, Where have you been?
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I've been waiting all these years, actor for hire.
02:00
I came to the Marvel Universe because
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I loved Iron Man, the first Iron Man
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and I went and met with Marvel and
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one of the characters was Black Widow
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and there was Scarlet Witch and Blonde Phantom
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and like a few others and Wasp and whatever and
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I thought that I maybe could fit in that universe.
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And um, and I did.
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It's a great character, it's, she's rich,
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she's deep, she's dark, she's a woman.
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She's faced death so many times
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that she has this whole other perspective
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on, you know, the value of life and living like,
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presently even though she has this really dark past.
02:40
Chris Evans and I?
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We made our first movie together
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which was called The Perfect Score which
02:45
is constantly threatening to show on cable.
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We know each other so well, also,
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that I think it adds a fun dynamic
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to our relationship on screen.
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He's perfect to do a musical because
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he's masculine and it's very rare.
02:59
Male actors are very, very sensitive
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You know, so I don't feel it gets too much
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too much heezy-mones
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I mean, everybody on the set, if you sing
03:07
the opening line to, you know, Carousel,
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it will be followed by like five other actors
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singing in tandem so it's yeah.
03:15
What movie makes me cry?
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Probably The Wizard of Oz.
03:19
That movie makes me cry.
03:21
Any particular moment?
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Well, I think when Judy Garland sings
03:24
Somewhere Over the Rainbow, I cry.
03:25
Obviously, I'm a big Judy Garland fan.(laughs)
03:27
Yeah, you love Judy Garland.