Scarlett Johansson

BATD ON Apr 30, 2009 AT 5:10 pm

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

She may not be a redhead, but Scarlett Johansson’s name is as fiery as her personality. She’s a twin, born three minutes before her brother Hunter on 22 November, 1984. He’s not an actor, but Scarlett has said that her brother supports her in every acting endeavour she’s had. She divides her time when she’s not acting or modeling with her father, who lives in New York, and her mother, an interior designer in Los Angeles.

Scarlett’s acting career jumpstarted in an off-Broadway production of Sophistry in New York City at age 8. Just a teenager in 1996, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in Manny and Lo, then gained worldwide acclaim for a role in The Horse Whisperer. Scarlett’s willingness to take on gritty roles has made her America’s new “it” actress in less than six years, with films like Ghost World and The Man Who Wasn’t There. Film critics, then, didn’t bat an eye when performances of Lost in Translation and Girl With a Pearl Earring earned her double nominations for Golden Globes and BAFTA’s. This actress’s level of proficiency is nearly unmatched—only Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore have achieved the same raving reviews. She dropped out of Mission Impossible III due to scheduling conflicts, and next appeared in The Island (2005).

Scarlett and husband Ryan

Scarlett and husband Ryan

The same year she starred in a Woody Allen film, Match Point. Since then, Scarlett has hosted Saturday Night Live, starred in The Prestige, 2007’s The Nanny Diaries, and The Other Boleyn Girl opposite pixie Natalie Portman. In 2009, Scarlett’s quirky role as a yoga instructor in He’s Just Not That Into You earned her praise. She’s set to portray Mary Queen of Scots, along with a film, Black Widow, and Iron Man II. Scarlett’s never been voluptuous by any means, but tabloids have seen her exercising with various personal trainers for the role.

Outside of filming, though, Scarlett keeps a low profile. She dated world famous graphic designer Oscar Benavide in 2006, but is now married to Ryan Reynolds. She’s since appeared nude on the cover of Vanity Fair with Keira Knightley and designer Tom Ford. By March of 2006, Scarlett topped the FHM polls as sexiest woman alive. She’s Jewish, and a Global Ambassador for Oxfam. She even auctioned a twenty minute date to a man for £20,000 in support of the organisation. Scarlett’s also a fan of childhood television shows like Spongebob Squarepants; she was the voice of Mindy the Mermaid in the movie.

If knowledge is power, then Scarlett’s got a lot more of it than we can be sure of. She’s beautiful, passionate, and strong-willed, for starters. What’s not to love about this under wraps actress? Nothing wrong with a little mystery in the industry, we think.

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