Scarlett Johansson recently shared an intriguing anecdote about her experience auditioning for the lead role in Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 blockbuster film “Gravity.” In an interview with Variety, Johansson revealed that she had tried out for the part, which eventually went to Sandra Bullock. Despite losing the opportunity, the actress recounted the audition as one of her more peculiar encounters in Hollywood.
Recalling her audition, Johansson told Entertainment Tonight that she had to wear a complete space suit and simulate the sensation of floating in space. However, she amusingly noted that she was merely sitting in a chair wearing a helmet. It was a unique experience that added to her repertoire of memorable auditions.
During the same Variety interview, Johansson shared that losing out on the roles in “Gravity” and “Iron Man 2” had been a turning point in her career, leading her to question her path as an actor. Initially, Marvel had cast Emily Blunt as Black Widow, a character that would later become Johansson’s defining role. But when Blunt had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts, the opportunity opened up for Johansson, and she seized the chance to portray the iconic Marvel character.
Johansson admitted that being rejected for both “Iron Man 2” and “Gravity” had been a significant blow to her confidence. It was a moment of frustration and doubt, leaving her wondering if she had chosen the right career path. The roles she was being offered at the time felt unfulfilling, and she found herself being offered numerous Marilyn Monroe scripts. Johansson questioned whether this was the creative end of the road for her.
Currently, Johansson is set to take center stage in the highly anticipated film “Asteroid City” by Wes Anderson. The star-studded movie, distributed by Focus Features, is scheduled to hit theaters on June 16. As Johansson continues to explore new opportunities and showcase her talent, her journey in Hollywood serves as a testament to the ups and downs of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.