There are very few female actresses who are the combination of absolute beauty and incredible talent. At the cross-section of talent and beauty reside two incredible visions of perfection. Blake Lively and Scarlett Johansson have both exceeded expectations when it comes to dramatic performances on the big screen. They're two incredible talents, and we love to watch them do their thing in whatever role they choose. You would think the two of these beauties were nearing 40 with the amount of time we've been able to enjoy them in big films. But no, they're still just approaching and passing the 30-year-old milestone.
The two gorgeous actresses may have ended up in the same place, but they started on complete opposite ends of the United States. Lively grew up on the West Coast in the shadows of Hollywood, California in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson enjoyed the big city on the East Coast growing up in Manhattan, New York. This is East Coast vs West Coast in the most classic of battles. Both women are sexy, and they both can anchor a film and bring their audiences to the gate. But talent alone isn't why they're going head-to-head. We've been incredibly impressed with their looks, and they both have such original beauty. Let's take a look at some of their sexiest moments during their young careers. These are some of Blake Lively's and Scarlett Johansson's 15 hottest moments.
16 Acting Start
Blake Lively's career got a big kick in the ass when she landed the role of Bridget in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Lively was in high school at the time and filmed the movie between her junior and senior years in high school. It was 2004, and Lively was about to turn 18. Lively was a star even in her high school. She was a cheerleader at Burbank High School as well as class president and topped it off as a key member of the school's championship choir. Lively got a Teen Choice Award for "Choice Movie Breakout-Female." After that, Lively had a few additional small movie roles that kept her momentum going. She wasn't a star quite yet, but Lively was stepping up and about to find a ton of success. Her incredible looks and talent were evident, and opportunity was knocking right around the corner.
15 Red Hot Scarlett Arrives
Scarlett Johansson has been tapped as a blonde bombshell and for good reason. She grew up in Manhattan, New York. Johansson also has some strong entertainment industry genes. Although her father was an architect, her grandfather was an art historian, screenwriter, and director. Her mother was a producer. Johansson's background is interesting. Her mother was Jewish from the Bronx in New York with ancestors that can be traced to Poland and Russia. Her father's background was Danish. The Euro-Russian blend is evident in Johansson's striking blonde beauty. Johansson grew up with little money but her mother was a big-time film buff. Johansson got into acting as a child while attending theatrical school.
14 Blake's Start
Blake Lively grew up in Tarzana, California, a suburb of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley. Lively is about to join the 30-year-old club, two years younger than her foe in this battle, Scarlett Johansson. Lively grew up in a Hollywood family. Her father was an actor, while her mom was a talent scout. All four of Lively's siblings have ventured in the entertainment business in one way or another. Blake was born as "Blake Ellender Brown." With English, Irish and German ancestry, Blake Lively has an eclectic background, and she also claims to have some Cherokee in her. Her looks have definitely been a strength, but when she was young, Lively didn't even aspire to get into the film business. It would be her brother, Eric, an agent, who prompted her to take a chance on herself.
12 First Steps to Success
Scarlett Johansson had a family that was rife with film industry aspirations. Her mother was a producer, and her dad was a screenwriter and aspiring director. Her siblings took their shots at the acting world, but it would be Scarlett that would break through and find tremendous success. Johansson was being trucked out by her mother for film and commercial auditions at a young age. This was going to be her destiny, but rejection played a role in her almost quitting. So, her mother began to limit the number of auditions she would take. At the age of 9, Scarlett finally broke through with a film role as the late John Ritter's daughter in the movie North. Johansson followed that up with some smaller film roles and soon would find success in 1996 when she played the role of "Amanda" in Manny and Lo. Johansson was on the cusp of tremendous success.
11 Blake Grows Up
It would be on the small screen that Blake Lively garnered her notoriety. She landed the role of Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. The year was 2007, and Lively would spend her time finding success on the show. Additionally, Lively was about to make a big splash on the big screen. Her television role gave her an established audience, and she jumped back into her "pants" to give another go for Sister of the Traveling Pants 2 in 2008. But it would be in 2010, on the set of The Town, a film starring and directed by Ben Affleck, that Lively exploded onto the big screen with tremendous sex appeal. Her role as Kristina "Kris" Coughlin was stirring. Her clothing was skimpy, and she was a sexual sexpot with her Boston accent and with her laced bras popping out of her clothes in every scene. Lively had officially arrived.
10 Scarlett Grows Up
Scarlett Johansson was well on her way to figuring out how to find success in the movie business. Her role in 1998's The Horse Whisperer was another big win for Johansson. And she clearly was breathing new life into the entertainment world. Then came her epic role in 2003's Lost in Translation. Johansson's exposure and stock exploded with the excitement of her role opposite the legendary Bill Murray. The two had an uncharacteristic connection on screen despite the decades difference in their age. The Sofia Coppola-directed film was an unexpected hit. Johansson's role in the film was praised across the board by a high number of film critics, and the rest of the entertainment world took notice. Johansson's schedule was about to get very busy.
9 Blake's Backside View
There's a lot to get excited about when taking a look at Blake's physical attributes. In the film The Town, we spoke about how amazing she looked. There was no shortage of Blake Lively's body in that film. And from there, things have only escalated. She's seemingly gained in physical beauty the more success that has come her way. Sure, she's had a little work done, but the fact of the matter is, Lively has always taken her physical appearance seriously, and you can see in this photo that she's not lacking in the squat department. Lively's figure has led to her filming an entire movie in a bikini in The Shallows. In 2013, she was named the face of L'Oréal. Lively has emerged as one of the most successful actresses and landed some modeling gigs along the way due to her extraordinary beauty and figure.
8 Scarlett, We Do Give A Damn
Scarlett Johansson has been a sexpot on the movie screen every since she was an 18-year-old bright-eyed distraction for Bill Murray in the film Lost in Translation. What wasn't lost on the audience (and producers for that matter) was just how damn beautiful Johansson was. Woody Allen would make her a muse for his main characters multiple times over in films. People were awestruck by Johansson's blonde bombshell appearance. For those who saw the film A Love Song For Bobby Long, you were treated with a 19-year-old Johansson running around the movie set with the tightest of tank-tops that displayed a rack for the ages. She wasn't just a pretty face with a dimple, though. Johansson took her incredible Marilyn Monroe-like beauty and added some intense acting talent to produce the kind of blonde beauty we dream about on the big screen. And now, she's escalated to an A-list actress who carries films and is one of the highest-paid actresses in the business.
7 Getting Personal Part 1
Blake Lively's rise has been meteoric in Hollywood. Her success in the business was greatly aided by Affleck's The Town, and she's now emerged as a bankable lead actress as seen by her solo performance in The Shallows. Off-set, Lively got caught up in a bit of sticky situation. See, while Lively was filming The Green Lantern along the side of co-star Ryan Reynolds, something interesting happened. Reynolds was married to the mercurial and driven Scarlett Johansson, who was always a workaholic. But what happened next was unexpected as Reynolds left one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood for another of its up-and-coming stars. Ryan Reynolds and Johansson would divorce, and Lively and Reynolds would get married and then go on to have two children together.
6 Getting Personal Part 2
Scarlett Johansson is a fierce actress in Hollywood. She's amassed over $100 million in net worth these days. Her success is no accident. She's worked her tail off from the age of 18, filming multiple movies a year. Of course, her beauty was undeniable, and that's what led one of Hollywood's most attractive men, Ryan Reynolds, to her doorstep. But make no mistake about it: Johansson takes a backseat to no one. She first married Ryan Reynolds in 2008. But just two years later, there was news of trouble. Johansson's incredible filming schedule combined with Reynolds's rise to fame left the two apart for long periods of time. And Johansson was rumored to have no interest in anchoring down. That's when Reynolds strayed for Lively and subsequently put the fork in Johansson's marriage. Johansson had another 2-year marriage run from 2014-2016, but that also subsequently ended. The woman is smart, beautiful, and is not interested in slowing down, which sacrifices her personal life.
5 Life and Career
Blake Lively has filmed a handful of successful films. But her focus in life has clearly been on balancing her personal life and marriage to Ryan Reynolds and their growing family, along with modeling and getting on the big screen. Lively has appeared in 15 feature films since 2005. She does just under a film a year and took some time off after she and Reynolds had their first child. But Lively doing some modeling isn't what she truly enjoys. Lively is a self-professed fan of Martha Stewart, referring to the homemaking icon as her "idol." Lively loves to cook and has made it her goal to be an incredible homemaker away from the lights of Hollywood. She's successfully been able to balance her successes on the big screen with a life away. This has led to a family life and dabbling in different passions she enjoys.
4 The Supergirl
Since 2003, Blake Lively had appeared in 15 feature films. Scarlett Johansson, since 2003 (when she started her big footprint in Hollywood), has appeared in a whopping 35 feature films. Sure, Lively has The Green Lantern under her belt, but Johansson has literally dominated the superhero landscape for women. Her role as Black Widow in the Avengers movie series is the tip of the iceberg. She's appeared in a whole slew of the Marvel series of films. From the Captain America film series to the Iron Man movie series, Johansson has donned the tight black leather outfit and imposed her sexual will upon audiences. This doesn't count Ghost in a Shell, Lucy, and The Island, which were all equally heart-pounding action-thrillers that Johansson anchored. Her focus has been unquestionably conquering the movie industry, and she's done so unapologetically. She's a force. Johansson did slip in having a daughter, Rose, in 2014 with her second husband (seems like a shotgun wedding when you look at that timeline!). But in all honesty, her tireless work schedule has led her to be a phenomenal talent in the film industry.
3 Today and Beyond
As of right now, it appears that Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively may be done having kids. With two children, both daughters, already added to the family, one wonders if they'll go for a boy. But Lively is starting to do just a bit more with filming again, and her body seems to be more beautiful and sculpted than ever. And if you know women, you know that when they finish having children, they often remake their figure, and there are no more babies on the way. Whether that's the case or not, no one can deny Lively's incredible beauty and her talent. But she has seemed to conquer an incredible and successful balance of being at home and working. She has more films on the way, but don't expect Lively to dive into her work at the pace of Johansson. Lively, successful and married, can now pick and choose her roles, and she does so carefully.
2 Today and Beyond
Scarlett Johansson has clearly dominated the landscape of women in the movie industry for more than a decade now. Her gross earnings dwarf that of most other women outside of the name Jennifer Lawrence and her Hunger Games success. Johansson shows little to no sign of slowing down either. The Avengers movie franchise keeps her financially fat and incredibly busy. A Black Widow film featuring Johansson is rumored to be well on its way. As for life beyond the movie business, Johansson will focus on her daughter. Outside of her world of being a mommy and working, Johansson has popped up a few times, politically speaking her mind. Regularly ranked by Maxim as one of the hottest women in the world, year after year, Scarlett Johansson shows no signs of slowing down.
1 Who's Hotter???
Oh man... can you imagine this choice? Any man would be blessed to choose between these two bombshells. If you're Ryan Reynolds, then you know what I'm sayin'. But the fact of the matter is, both of these beauties are incredible in so many different ways. Pitting them against one another is almost unfair. If you go by Ryan Reynolds, he ended up choosing Lively. But the fact is, he chose Johansson first. Now, if you go by magazine rankings, Johansson kills Lively. But then again, over the past few years, Lively has remade her appearance to become one of the sexiest women in Hollywood. Johansson has had far more staying power and success, though. A tough choice indeed. But a draw would simply be a cop-out. If we were looking for a long-term relationship, we have to go with Lively. Clearly, she's more adept to the idea of settling down. But if we're going just on beauty, Johansson has it by a hair. But don't discount the sexiness meter. There, we give Lively the edge. We're thinking this is a tossup for some, but others will have their opinions. Depending on what you want, each of these epic beauties offers her own brand of beauty and talent that's almost unmeasured in Hollywood. Both of these women are successful mothers and rightfully so.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB