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Scarlett Johansson Opens Up About Feeling 'Groomed' By Hollywood Early On In Her Career

The 'Avengers' star says she felt pressured into playing overtly sexualized roles when she was just 18.

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On Tuesday's episode of the Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi podcast, actor Scarlett Johansson opened up about the pressure she faced as a teen to play overtly sexualized roles.

The Avengers star shared:

"I did 'Lost in Translation' and 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' [at the ages of 18 and 19], and I was coming into my own womanhood and learning my own desirability and sexuality."
"I think because of that trajectory that I'd been sort of launched towards...I really got stuck in this - and, part of my management at the time, that was a big part of it, my agency and all that stuff - but I was kind of being groomed, in a way, to be what you call a bombshell-type of actor."

She continued:

"I was playing the other woman and the object of desire."
"I suddenly found myself cornered in this place and I couldn't get out of it."

You can listen to the full episode below.

Some applauded ScarJo for speaking out about her experience.





Some also noted that some of those early roles gave her exposure that launched a very successful career, and fortunately, she wasn't pigeonholed too long.


Several pointed out that, unfortunately, that's often the case for young women in Hollywood.




Earlier this fall, Johansson spoke on the subject on Dax Shepard's podcast Armchair Expert.

She shared of her "not age-appropriate" situations:

"Because I think everybody thought I was older and I'd been [acting] for a long time and then I got kind of pigeonholed into this weird hyper-sexualized thing."
"It was like, that's the kind of career you have."
"These are the roles you've played, and I was like, 'This is it, I guess.'"

We're definitely thankful it wasn't.