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."
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