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