Scarlett Johansson (Hot Actress)

RollingStone, October, 2003
By Gavin Edwards

Rolling Stone's 2003 Hot List
Just eighteen, she can hold her own with Bill Murray. And she's got really good gaydar, too.

Scarlett Johansson describes herself: "Enthusiastic, a little selfish, compassionate, a New Yorker, very passionate . . . should I be saying, 'Beautiful, luscious, sexy'?" She laughs with the confidence that comes from being an eighteen-year-old who has already established herself as one of her generation's finest actresses.

Playing opposite Robert Redford in The Horse Whisperer at thirteen, she portrayed a crippled child in a performance what would be extraordinary at any age. Johansson brings to the screen a visible intelligence and a smoky voice reminiscent of Lauren Bacall - qualities usually associated with older actresses. "I think I'm pretty much an adult; I feel very responsible," she says. "I'm not quite womanly. But I am looking forward to being able to vote, and to buy porn if I want to."

Another sign of adulthood: the new Lost in Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola, in which she gives her best performance yet - she plays a young woman left for days in a luxury Tokyo hotel by her photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi). Bill Murray is an aging star in town to shoot a whiskey commercial; the remarkable movie is about the intense, jet-lagged friendship that grows between them.

Johansson recently moved from New York to Los Angeles; after tiring of endless taxicabs, she finally got her driver's license but says she drives "like an old lady." She spends most of her life on location anyway; she's in the upcoming Perfect Score (about a gang of teens stealing SAT answer sheets) and has the title role in Girl With a Pearl Earring (an adaptation of the novel about Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer). She spent much of the summer in New Orleans filming A Love Song for Bobby Long, opposite John Travolta.

Johansson is a well-adjusted, unpretentious teenager. Her favorite bands are Belle and Sebastian and Pink Floyd; her favorite books are The Catcherin the Rye, Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird. She's single - "for the first time since I was a baby," she says. "Everybody should be single for some time." As for talents outside of acting? "My cat likes me. I've got really good gaydar. I sound great when I sing in the shower. And I've seen every episode of Married... With Childern."

sent to me by Todd C. of The Ultimate Anna Faris Experience

close