Talk about your uptown girls. Only 13 years old, this Big Apple native has already made seven films. Now, fresh off the grasslands of Montana, where she played the pivotal "bucked off a horse, forcing Mom to move to Montana and fall in love with Robert Redford" role in The Horse Whisperer, Johansson is sporting two-inch platform shoes. Which is why it's so shocking when the Home Alone 3 costar and Independent Spirit Award nominee (Manny and Lo) reveals a big secret.
"I saw Ben Affleck the other day," she says gingerly. And how was it tête-à-tête with another movie star? "I wanted to go up to him, but I was so flustered." Ah, a city girl, but first and foremost a teenager. Which made us wonder...
What Did She Call the Director? Robert? Bob? Mr. Redford?
"I called him 'Booey.' I didn't like the name 'Bob.' No offense."
Robert Redford Is "Booey," but Ben Affleck "Flusters" Her?
"It became a very natural thing. He called me 'Boo.' "
So, Matt or Ben--Who Would She Rather Take to the Prom?
"Well, if they weren't taken, I'd probably say Matt. Even though Ben is adorable, I think Matt is so cute."
So Then, Leo Would Be So Cute?
Nah. "I think he's a wonderful actor, but that's what appeals to me more than his looks."
In the Pivotal Horse Accident Scene in Whisperer, Did They Just Roll the Cameras and Wait Till She Fell Off?
Not quite. Though she had never ridden, it was a grueling two-month shoot to nail the big moment. "And we actually went back to reshoot some of the scenes."
Do the Kids at School Ever Ask for Her Autograph?
Hardly. In fact, one day, she may ask for theirs. "It's a private school of all professionals. We have ice skaters, ballet dancers--there's even a pro golfer in my class. The next Tiger."
Does Her Twin Brother Act, Too?
"Hunter and I are not connected at the hip. We are very, very different and have different passions."
So, Is She Ready to Pack up the Family and Move out West?
"I'm a city girl, and I always have been. When I returned to New York, I had a new appreciation for how many people there are."