Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress and singer. She was the world’s highest-paid actress in 2018 and 2019, and has featured multiple times on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Her films have grossed over $14.3 billion worldwide, making Johansson the ninth-highest-grossing box office star of all time. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, as well as nominations for two Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. Born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, she aspired to be an actress from a young age and first appeared on stage in an Off-Broadway play as a child actor.
Johansson made her film debut in Rob Reiner’s fantasy comedy North (1994), with Elijah Wood, Jon Lovitz, Jason Alexander, Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Faith Ford, Graham Greene, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Reba McEntire, John Ritter, and Abe Vigoda, and Bruce Willis. Other films from the 1990s include Just Cause (1995), with Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood, Ruby Dee, and Ed Harris; If Lucy Fell (1996), with Sarah Jessica Parker, Eric Schaeffer (who also directed), Ben Stiller, Elle Macpherson, and James Rebhorn; Many & Lo (1996), with Aleksa Palladino and Mary Kay Place; The Horse Whisperer (1998), with Robert Redford (who also directed), Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest, and Chris Cooper; and My Brother the Pig (1999), with Judge Reinhold, Alex D. Linz, and Eva Mendes.
Films in the early 2000s include Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World (2001), with Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi, Brad Renfro, and Illeana Douglas; Joel & Ethan Coen’s The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), with Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, Richard Jenkins, Jon Polito, Tony Shalhoub, and James Gandolfini; An American Rhapsody (2001), with Nastassja Kinski, Tony Goldwyn, and Mae Whitman; Eight Legged Freaks (2002), with David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, and Scott Terra; Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation (2003), with Bill Murray, Giovanni Ribisi, and Anna Faris; Girl with a Pearl Earring (2004), with Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt, Cillian Murphy, Essie Davis, Joanna Scanlan, and Alakina Mann.
More films in the early 2000s include The Perfect Score (2004), with Chris Evans (their first of many collaborations), Erika Christensen, Bryan Greenberg, Darius Miles, and Leonardo Nam; the animated film The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), with Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Mr. Lawrence, Jill Talley, Carolyn Lawrence, Mary Jo Catlett, Jeffrey Tambor, Alec Baldwin, and David Hasselhoff; Paul Weitz’s In Good Company (2004), with Dennis Quaid, Topher Grace, Marg Helgenberger, Philip Baker Hall, Clark Gregg, Selma Blair, David Paymor, and Malcolm McDowell (uncredited); A Love Song for Bobby Long (2005), with John Travolta and Gabriel Macht; A Good Woman (2005), with Helen Hunt, Wilkinson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Mark Umbers, and Milena Vukotic; and The Island (2005), with Ewan McGregor, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Bean, Michael Clarke Duncan, and Buscemi.
Films in the mid to late 2000s include Woody Allen’s Match Point (2006), with Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox, and Penelope Wilton; Scoop (2006), with Allen (who also directed), Hugh Jackman, Ian McShane, Charles Dance, Romola Garai, Kevin R. McNally, and Julian Glover; Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia (2006), with Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mia Kirshner, Mike Starr, and Fiona Shaw; Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006), with Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Piper Perabo, Andy Serkis, Rebecca Hall, and David Bowie; The Nanny Diaries (2007), with Laura Linney, Alicia Keys, Evans, Donna Murphy, and Paul Giamatti; The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), with Natalie Portman, Eric Bana, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance, and David Morrissey; Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008), with Javier Bardem, Patricia Clarkson, Penélope Cruz, Kevin Dunn, Hall, and Chris Messina; The Spirit (2008), with Macht, Mendes, Sarah Paulson, Dan Lauria, Paz Vega, Stana Katic, Louis Lombardi. Jaime King, and ;Samuel L. Jackson; and He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kris Kristofferson, and Justin Long.
Johansson achieved worldwide superstardom with her portrayal of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, collectively with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Tom Huddleston, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Jackson, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Josh Brolin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brie Larson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, Rachel Weisz, among others.
Other films in the 2010s include Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo (2011), with Matt Damon, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford, and John Michael Higgins; Hitchcock (2012), Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Jessica Biel, James D’Arcy, and Michael Wincott; Don Jon (2013), with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who also directed), Julianne Moore, Rob Brown, Glenne Headly, Larson, and Tony Danza; voicing in Spike Jonze’s Her (2013), with Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, and Pratt; Chef (2014), with Jon Favreau (who also directed), Sofía Vergara, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, and Dustin Hoffman; and Luc Besson’s Lucy (2014), with Morgan Freeman, Choi Min-sik, and Amr Waked.
Films in the mid to late 2010s include Hail, Caesar! (2016), with Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, and Christopher Lambert; voicing in the Jungle Book with Neel Sethi, the voices of Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Giancarlo Esposito, and Christopher Walken; the animated musical Sing (2016), with Matthew McConaughey, John C. Reilly, Reese Witherspoon, Tori Kelly, Taron Egerton, and Seth MacFarlane; Ghost in the Shell (2017), with Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han, and Juliette Binoche; Rough Night (2017), with Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, Paul Downs, Ty Burrell, and Demi Moore; and Wes Anderson’s animated film Isle of Dogs (2018), with Bryan Cranston, Koyu Rankin, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Swinton, Ken Watanabe, Akira Ito, Greta Gerwig, Akira Takayama, Frances McDormand, F. Murray Abraham, Courtney B. Vance, Yojiro Noda, Fisher Stevens, Mari Natsuki, Nijiro Murakami, Yoko Ono, Harvey Keitel, and Frank Wood.
For her performances in Jojo Rabbit (2019), with Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi (who also directed), Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, and Sam Rockwell; and Noah Baumbach (2019), with Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, and Merritt Wever; Johansson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and best Actress. She’s part of a handful performers to be nominated for two Oscars in the same year, along with Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald, Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Emma Thompson, Julianne Moore, Jamie Foxx, and Cate Blanchett.
As a public figure, Johansson is a prominent brand endorser and supports various charities. She has been cited as a Hollywood sex symbol by various media outlets. She was married to Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011, and to French businessman Romain Dauriac, with whom she has a daughter, from 2014 to 2017. In 2020, Johansson married comedian Colin Jost.
Each review will be linked to the title below.
(*seen originally in theaters)
(**seen rereleased in theaters)
- North (1994) – directed by Rob Reiner
- Just Cause (1995) – directed by Arne Glimcher
- If Lucy Fell (1996) – directed by Eric Schaeffer
- Manny & Lo (1996) – directed by Lisa Krueger
- Fall (1997) – directed by Eric Schaeffer
- Home Alone 3 (1997) – directed by Raja Gosnell
- The Horse Whisperer (1998) – directed by Robert Redford
- My Brother the Pig (1999) – directed by Erik Fleming
- Ghost World (2001) – directed by Terry Zwigoff
- An American Rhapsody (2001) – directed by Éva Gárdos
- The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
- Eight Legged Freaks (2002) – directed by Ellory Elkayem
- Lost in Translation (2003) – directed by Sofia Coppola
- Girl with a Pearl Earring (2004) – directed by Peter Webber
- The Perfect Score (2004)* – directed by Brian Robbins
- The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) – directed by Stephen Hillenburg
- In Good Company (2004) – directed by Paul Weitz
- A Love Song for Bobby Long (2005) – directed by Shainee Gabel
- A Good Woman (2005) – directed by Mike Barker
- The Island (2005) – directed by Michael Bay
- Match Point (2006) – directed by Woody Allen
- Scoop (2006) – directed by Woody Allen
- The Black Dahlia (2006) – directed by Brian De Palma
- The Prestige (2006) – directed by Christopher Nolan
- The Nanny Diaries (2007) – directed by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini
- The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) – directed by Justin Chadwick
- Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) – directed by Woody Allen
- The Spirit (2008) – directed by Frank Miller
- He’s Just Not That Into You (2009) – directed by Ken Kwapis
- These Vagabond Shoes (2009) – director, writer – short
- Iron Man 2 (2010)* – directed by Jon Favreau
- The Whale (2011) – directed by Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit – executive producer only – documentary
- We Bought a Zoo (2011) – directed by Cameron Crowe
- The Avengers (2012)* – directed by Joss Whedon
- Hitchcock (2012) – directed by Sacha Gervasi
- Under the Skin (2013) – directed by Jonathan Glazer
- Don Jon (2013) – directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
- Her (2013) – directed by Spike Jonze
- Chef (2014)* – directed by Jon Favreau
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)* – directed by Anthony & Joe Russo
- Lucy (2014)* – directed by Luc Besson
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)* – directed by Joss Whedon
- Hail, Caesar! (2016)* – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
- The Jungle Book (2016)* – directed by Jon Favreau
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)* – directed by Anthony & Joe Russo
- Sing (2016)* – directed by Garth Jennings
- Ghost in the Shell (2017) – directed by Rupert Sanders
- Rough Night (2017) – directed by Lucia Aniello
- Isle of Dogs (2018)* – directed by Wes Anderson
- Avengers: Infinity War (2018)* – directed by Anthony & Joe Russo
- Captain Marvel (2018)* – directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck – uncredited cameo
- Avengers: Endgame (2019)* – directed by Anthony & Joe Russo
- Jojo Rabbit (2019)* – directed by Taika Waititi
- Marriage Story (2019) – directed by Noah Baumbach
- Black Widow (2021)* – directed by Cate Shortland
- Sing 2 (2021) – directed by Garth Jennings