20 May Scarlett Johansson on Finding Love and Protecting Her Daughter

by Dotson Rader from Parade
Read the full interview here.

I enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute for Kids. I booked the first two auditions that I went on... — Scarlett Johansson, YAS alumni.

In Scarlett Johansson’s eagerly awaited new movie, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, she stars as the Black Widow, the superhero role she has successfully played in three previous Marvel blockbusters. Recently, in Los Angeles, Johansson met for several hours with Parade’s Dotson Rader to talk about acting, love, marriage, family, and other matters close to her heart.

Parade: You are a native New Yorker and grew up in Greenwich Village.
Scarlet Johansson: Yes. My mom is from the Bronx. Her parents were New Yorkers. My father is Danish, from Copenhagen.

You started acting at a very young age. How did that happen?
Scarlett Johansson: When I was about 7, I started auditioning. I enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute for Kids. I booked the first two auditions that I went on, a Kitchen-Aid commercial and a film [North, starring John Ritter]. I loved shooting that film. So I just kept auditioning and booking stuff, and that’s how it happened. I got lucky.

Scarlett Johansson is an alumna of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute’s Young Actors at Strasberg program. Learn more about Young Actors at Strasberg here.