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Episode 4

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

Credit

Starring:

Scarlett Johansson

Transcript

00:03
The first movie that I remember seeing
00:05
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
00:33
was a Kitchen Aid voiceover and I booked it.
00:36
It was the only commercial I ever booked.
00:39
I could never get, I could never book commercials
00:41
'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?"
00:52
I was terrible at selling things,
00:53
I was really bad at improvising, you know,
00:56
these kind of fake corny, you know Smucker's jelly
01:00
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
01:08
"on these auditions, just let's you forget it,
01:10
"do something else."
01:11
And I remember I was like "No! I can't!
01:14
"You can't take it away from me!"
01:17
I wanted to be an actor, you know.
01:18
I wanted to be, I wanted to make movies
01:21
and I wanted to do plays and musicals and
01:23
my mom said "Well, fine then we're just gonna take you
01:26
"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
01:37
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?
01:51
This was before her, I was like finally Spike called me
01:54
That's what I was thinking, "Where have you been?
01:57
"I've been waiting all these years, actor for hire."
02:00
I came to the Marvel Universe because
02:03
I loved Iron Man, the first Iron Man
02:06
and I went and met with Marvel and
02:08
one of the characters was Black Widow
02:10
and there was Scarlet Witch and Blonde Phantom
02:13
and like a few others and Wasp and whatever and
02:16
I thought that I maybe could fit in that universe.
02:19
And um, and I did.
02:21
It's a great character, it's, she's rich,
02:23
she's deep, she's dark, she's a woman.
02:27
She's faced death so many times
02:30
that she has this whole other perspective
02:33
on, you know, the value of life and living like,
02:36
presently even though she has this really dark past.
02:40
Chris Evans and I?
02:41
We made our first movie together
02:43
which was called "The Perfect Score" which
02:45
is constantly threatening to show on cable.
02:47
We know each other so well, also,
02:50
that I think it adds a fun dynamic
02:52
to our relationship on screen.
02:54
He's perfect to do a musical because
02:57
he's masculine and it's very rare.
02:59
Male actors are very, very sensitive
03:02
You know, so I don't feel it gets too much
03:03
too much heezymones
03:04
I mean, everybody on the set, if you sing
03:07
the opening line to, you know, Carousel,
03:10
it will be followed by like five other actors
03:12
singing in tandem so it's yeah.
03:15
What movie makes me cry?
03:17
Probably The Wizard of Oz.
03:19
That movie makes me cry.
03:21
Any particular moment?
03:22
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.