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Woman of the Year 2004
Time Out London UK, December 21, 2004 - January 5, 2005
Young, supremely talented and tantalisingly beautiful, Scarlett Johansson was the star of 2004. We first featured the actress on the cover of Time Out a year ago when she stood on the cusp of fame, and met her again recently to talk about the highlights of a memorable 12 months: filming with Woody Allen, partying with the Prince and looking after a small dog with a leaky bladder...
It seems incredible now, but this time last year Scarlett Johansson was virtually unknown. We were the first British magazine to put her on the cover, in October 2003, for our London Film Festival issue. 'Scarlett Johansson has arrived,' we announced, though she hadn't, not quite. She had two films showing in the LFF, though; two strong films - 'Lost in Translation' and 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'. She was superb in both. That consistency was as compelling as the aesthetic distance between Sofia Coppola's ambient comedy of cultural dislocation and Peter Webber's elegant period drama.
It didn't hurt that, in person, Johansson was a knockout - a perfect union of petite beauty, serene confidence and, if you weren't careful, withering hauteur. ('You think you're the first one to ask?' she enquired of a journalist who dared to wonder, rather late in the day, what Bill Murray had whispered to her in 'Lost in Translation's' final scene.) When you consider how much of the last year she's spent on the promotional trail, it's a miracle Johansson managed to get any other work done at all. Yet the 20-year-old has made three films since Time Out last spoke to her ('In Good Company' with Dennis Quaid, Woody Allen's as-yet-untitled 'summer project' and 'A Good Woman', Oscar Wilde's 'Lady Windermere's Fan' updated to the 1930s and relocated to Italy); four if you count the voicework she contributed to kids' film 'The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie'. Now she's busy on a fifth, Michael Bay's 'The Island', effectively a remake of the '70s sci-fi classic 'Logan's Run'. Johansson plays Jordan TwoDelta, the trusted ally of a 'harvested being' (Ewan McGregor) attempting to escape from a utopian facility.
Professionally, she's enjoying herself, capitalising on her ascension to the A-list by alternating arthouse fare with big-budget blockbusters. 'A Love Song for Bobby Long', the New Orleans-set indie she made with John Travolta in 2003, is just out in the US. Towards the end of 2005, she'll clamber aboard the much-delayed juggernaut that is 'Mission: Impossible III', having first shot Brian De Palma's adaptation of the James Ellroy novel 'The Black Dahlia'. She has a new flat in LA, an actor boyfriend Qared Leto), and is the face of Calvin Klein's latest fragrance, Eternity Moment. On balance, few people have had a better 2004 than Scarlett Johansson. But invited to appraise it in more detail, what conclusions would our Woman of the Year reach? We caught up with her to find out.
Time Out:Hi Scarlett. How are you?
You'll get Christmas off, though?
Last time we met, you were relatively unknown. But now you're Scarlett Johansson, International Superstar. Weird, or nice?
You spent a lot of time in London this year, either promoting stuff or making Woody Allen's movie...
I know you're all sworn to secrecy about the film, but how much can you tell us?
That it's a mild satire of London high society: minor aristos, gallery owners, media flibbertigibbets. Am I close?
Oh, come on. Spill the beans!
When you were over here for the BAFTAs, you went to the Brit Awards, and there was a great TV moment on ITV2 backstage afterwards. You were interviewed on a sofa with an off-their-faces Busted.
The Brits was Duran Duran's big comeback moment. Did any of them try to chat you up?
Moving swiftly on... A certain London daily newspaper reported that, while you were here, you 'cut a swathe through the Prince William party set'.
You didn't meet Prince William?
Tell us about `Mission: Impossible III'.
Talking of Iraq, how was the US election for you?
As an American abroad, did you catch much flak over the war?
On a lighter note...
Thanks. Now, you have a dog, don't you?
So you have to employ a dog-sitter when you're working?
Finally, as someone who's done a lot of travelling this year, which airline would you say has the best inflight food?
Virgin have that too.
WHAT'S SCARLETT READING?
'I just read Tatum 0'Neal's autobiography, "A Paper Life", which is really, really good. l raced through it in about two hours. It totally floored me. Right now I'm reading Ewan [McGregor]'s book, "Long Way Round". It's really fun, and because I'm working with him I can bother him by asking him about it! What's great is there's nothing patronising about it; it's not like, "I took a trip and this is what I did". He grew a big beard? 'Yeah, but I don't think it was intentional; l think it just happened. He's one of those men who have to shave every day.'
WHAT'S ON SCARLETT'S IPOD?
'I need a bigger iPod actually because I can't stop downloading stuff on to iTunes. Today I was listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. The new Bj÷rk CD is so ingeniously progressive. I just got the new Tom Waits album, which is great, and the Green Day album.'
SCARLETT'S FITNESS TIPS
'If you're going to get a personal trainer, make sure it's someone you're completely comfortable with. I've worked with people before who've made me uncomfortable and self-conscious, and when that happens you just don't want to do it. You think it's you, but actually it's your relationship with this person, which is very personal and private. They see you at your most vulnerable and awful-looking.'