Scarlett Johansson has shared that she had considered giving up acting after losing a coveted role to Sandra Bullock. The actress, now 38, revealed in an interview that she struggled with feelings of inadequacy after being turned down for several major roles she had auditioned for. Despite initially missing out on playing Black Widow – a part that ultimately went to Emily Blunt – Johansson’s confidence took another hit when she failed to land a role in Gravity, which later earned Bullock numerous award nominations. Johansson admitted that this particular rejection made her feel “hopeless” and made her rethink her future in the film industry.
Scarlett Johansson has openly shared that she almost quit acting due to disappointment after losing a role she had been dreaming of, which was later given to Sandra Bullock. (A recent photo of Scarlett is shown.)
Scarlett Johansson recently shared her experiences of being rejected for two major roles in Hollywood, Iron Man 2 and Gravity, with the latter being the final straw that made her question her future in the industry. Scarlett also expressed frustration with being pigeonholed as a bombshell after her breakout role in Lost In Translation and being offered every Marilyn Monroe script ever. However, her fortunes changed when Emily Blunt had to pull out of Iron Man 2, and Scarlett was re-offered the role which opened up new opportunities for her. She has since had critically acclaimed roles on Broadway in A View from the Bridge, and in films such as Under The Skin and Her. Scarlett is currently filming for Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City where she plays a 1950s movie icon alongside Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, and Maya Hawke.
In the movie, Sandra Bullock, who is now 58 years old, played an important role alongside George Clooney in the sci-fi film released in 2013. Her performance in the movie earned her nominations for Best Actress at prestigious awards such as the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTAs.
Honestly, I was really hoping to get that role. It was one of those moments where everything just seemed to pile up and overwhelm me. I felt pretty down and uncertain about my career choice, questioning whether or not I was on the right path. (The person in the photo shared these thoughts in 2020.)
It was a source of frustration for Scarlett as she questioned whether her career was going anywhere. The roles she was being offered felt unfulfilling, with every Marilyn Monroe script coming her way. She wondered if it was the end of her creativity. In another recent interview, Scarlett spoke about her decision to stay off social media. During an episode of The Skinny Confidential Him Her podcast, she revealed that she is too fragile a person to handle it. Her ego and brain are both too delicate, and she likened herself to a delicate flower. Scarlett explained that social media apps are too addictive for her, including popular platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Scarlett was in luck as fate smiled upon her after Emily Blunt had to back out of Iron Man 2 due to prior commitments with Fox. As a result, Scarlett was given the opportunity to portray the iconic Black Widow character in the Marvel film (as shown in the picture).
The potential of the movie wasn’t going to enhance my character’s development, but it held promise for future sequels. Scarlett Johansson admitted that she becomes easily engrossed in social media and compared herself to a child playing with their mother’s phone. She revealed that she was unable to handle the addiction and had to abstain from it altogether. The actress recounted an incident where she spent 20 minutes scrolling through an acquaintance’s Instagram profile using her company’s account. The experience made her realize that she had wasted valuable time and prompted her to reevaluate her life choices. Johansson concluded by stating that social media was not for her.