Without a doubt, Scarlett Johansson is one of today’s sexiest American actresses. She has starred in an impressive number of films, alongside other big names of the movie industry. In this article we have gathered some of the most impressive and little-known facts about this Hollywood hottie, which are sure to keep you entertained. You will find out that she has actually been around for quite a bit longer than you thought, and you may also be surprised to look back on some famous movies, in which you hadn’t recognized her. We’ll also tell you about intriguing rivalries Scarlett Johansson has had over the years, reveal her dating preferences, and name men whom she had granted access to her heart.
In this list we will also share with you some of Scarlett’s peculiar interests and childhood dreams that she carried with her into adulthood. You will find out about some truly baffling instances that took place during her career, as well as discover some really gruesome fears of hers.
15. She Has A Twin
Scarlett Johansson actually has a twin brother, Hunter Johansson. Born on November 22, 1984, she is three minutes his senior, which makes her the big sister. Hunter is a bit of a mystery figure and it’s been debated far and wide what it is exactly that he does. One thing is known for sure: he didn’t pursue acting as his sister did. Both starred in the comedy-drama film Manny & Lo, but that seems to have been it for Hunter’s acting experience. It does look like he’s more into politics, though, since he worked on President Obama‘s campaign back in 2008.
14. Debuted On TV At Age Eight
Yup, little Scarlett was only eight years old when she landed her first appearance on television over two decades ago in the distant 1993. She took part in a skit on Late Night With Conan O’Brian. However, her official acting career didn’t begin until the year after with the 1994 fantasy comedy, North. Before that, her mother took her to numerous tryouts for commercials, but because the young star took rejections so close to heart, mom limited her to only movie auditions. Which proved to have been a smart decision, for which we are all thankful.
13. Lost Parent Trap Role to Lohan
Johansson’s career wasn’t always easy, and defeat sometimes came into the picture, too. The part both kid-stars were competing for was the lead role in the 1998 movie The Parent Trap. Scarlett Johansson, 13 years old at the time, lost the role to the younger Lindsay Lohan, which gave the latter her big start in the world of acting. The movie turned out to be a huge commercial and critical success and we all loved it, when it first came out. But can you picture Scarlet Johansson as the reunited twins?
12. Celebrated Her 20th Birthday in Disneyland
Now there’s an unlikely choice of venue for an adult, don’t you think? The internationally recognized sex-symbol and Hollywood star decided that the one place she would like to spend her special day at was the world-famous theme park. Why not in the club, dancing and getting wasted among other celebrity friends? Because it’s her favorite place in the world, and it had been a dream of hers, since she was a kid. Johansson continued to regularly visit Disneyland later on in life, too, taking ex-husband Ryan Reynolds with her as well. The main reason the actress likes to spend time there is because people are so busy enjoying themselves in the park, that nobody notices her.
11. Half Russian, Half Danish Heritage
Though she was born in NYC, Scarlett Johansson is of mixed Russian and Danish descent. Her father is Danish actor Karsten Johansson, who fittingly starred in the same movie as his twins – Manny & Lo. Karsten’s younger children, Christian, Vanessa and Adrian Johansson, are also involved in film making. Their mother, Melanie Sloan, is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family that emigrated from Russia. She is also Scarlett Johansson’s manager today.
10. Has Smoked Since Age 15
All those scenes, when we’ve witnessed Scarlett Johansson light up a cigarette, making it look like it’s the sexiest thing ever – turns out they weren’t just for the movies. Apparently Scarlett took up smoking as a teen. She hasn’t been able to kick the habit since, and still smokes to this day, which is probably what she owes her raspy voice to. She has been seen smoking the world’s slimmest cigarettes Capri, a very feminine weapon of choice. Or rather, poison of choice.
9. Would Have Pursued Dermatology
One of ScarJo’s interests and ways to spend her free time is dermatology. She is so passionate about the subject that she spends hours watching documentaries dedicated to skin care and other skin-related matters. The actress has become so obsessed with the topic, you might think she’s even obtained a medical degree in it. She is particularly interested in natural skincare, as opposed to the chemical-based treatments, and even confessed to Elle that she really should have chosen the profession of a dermatologist. Scarlett explains that it’s very fulfilling to help someone heal their skin and goes on to say that it “gives them a new lease of life.”
8. Gets Distracted By Her Cleavage
Now there’s one you surely didn’t see coming. It’s true; it is not only the millions of men who can’t stop staring at Scarlett Johansson’s bosom – she can’t either! In an interview she revealed that she once narrowly avoided a car accident, when she saw a billboard advertisement for The Island, in which she had the lead role. The billboard quite vividly depicted Scarlett’s cleavage and she found herself unable to look away to the point where she nearly crashed her car. She said that she was driving through LA, when she saw the enormous picture, and had to slam the breaks after seeing her boobs “the size of a brontosaurus.”
7. Likes Older Men
Sorry, all you youngsters out there – Scarlett Johansson has already announced that she wouldn’t date anyone under the age of thirty. She came to that conclusion after starring alongside Bill Murray in the romantic comedy-drama film Lost in Translation. It appears both had developed a very special bond throughout the shoot, though it was strictly platonic. And as if wanting to prove that she meant it, shortly after this was announced she dated actor Benicio del Toro, who is 17 years older than her. Aside from him, Scarlett has also been in a relationship with actor Sean Penn, who was nearly twice her age at the time. Her husband Romain Dauriac, is two years older than her.
6. Terrified Of Cockroaches
Well, that’s a pretty girly fear, in our opinion. And she has a right to it! The scientific name of the condition is katsaridaphobia, and is actually pretty common. It was triggered from an instance when Scarlett woke up to find a cockroach on her face. She has since been horrified by the bugs and tries to stay as far away from them as possible. They aren’t her only fear, though, as Johansson has mentioned in an interview to Vulture. The actress is apparently also afraid of birds and says there’s something about wings and beaks that makes her feel incredibly uneasy.
5. CGI Hid Her Baby Bump
Well, this certainly won’t be the only case in the history of cinematography, when filmmakers needed to get creative and work around an actress’ growing belly. However, with all the interest directed toward Scarlett during her pregnancy, it was quite surprising to find out that she had been pregnant during the making of Avengers: Age of Ultron. In fact, the knowledge of her special state was there even before filming actually started. But with a film like that coming up – there could be no delays and casting someone else was out of the question. So, the creators behind the picture worked their magic and used the help of a Johansson look-alike during stunts and CGI to hide her belly.
4. Was Rejected Due To Her Beauty
Now there’s a phrase that kind of gives you mixed feelings. You’re rejected, but it’s because you’re good looking. So it should be a compliment… right? Well, that would be for Scarlett Johansson to decide. What we’re talking about here is the lead role of Lisbeth Salander in the film adaptation of the best-selling novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. If you hadn’t known this, then there’s another shock for you to handle. Can you picture ScarJo playing the part? We found it a little difficult too, but the reason why she was denied the role was because she was too beautiful to fit the character.
3. Starred in Home Alone 3
Mentally rewinding the whole movie and frantically racking our memories for that glimpse of where the future star and sex-symbol made an appearance… And nothing. Ready for the revelation now? She played the lead character’s older sister. It was a brief appearance and she only showed up occasionally throughout the whole movie, but we’re sure if you were to watch it again now, you would be bound to recognize her. And perhaps you should do just that.
2. Her Bum Was Stenciled Onto Cookies
Wait…what? It turns out Scarlett Johansson did a nude shoot for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, together with other famous actress Keira Knightley, a decade ago. This seemingly commonplace event took an awkward turn when both their naked bottoms were stenciled on one hundred cookies that were eaten by the guests at the magazine’s annual Oscar party. Not entirely sure how we would feel about munching on a cookie in the form of a human butt, but since it’s not just any butt – who knows? Maybe we would have even enjoyed it.
1. Inspired Katy Perry’s Biggest Hit
Surely everyone remembers Katy Perry‘s smashing hit that shot her into fame and made her name known worldwide back in 2008. Her crazy-popular single ‘I Kissed A Girl’ was actually inspired (to an extent) by Scarlett Johansson’s beautifully shaped lips. This was revealed shortly after the song was released and following the revelation, the actress told Allure Magazine that she was really quite flattered and surprised to learn she had served as a muse of sorts for Katy Perry. Perry shared that she was once flipping through a magazine with her boyfriend, when she saw a picture of Johansson and announced to her boyfriend that she would readily make out with her, given the chance.