The untold truth of Scarlett Johansson

Described by The Times as a "reluctant sex symbol," Scarlett Johansson's name can be easily found on virtually any list of attractive Hollywood stars. The first woman to be crowned Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive" twice, Johansson has also been featured as one of People's "Most Beautiful" multiple times throughout her career. She's undeniably gorgeous, sure — but if you think Johansson achieved international superstar success by relying on her appearance, you couldn't be more wrong.

Johansson has proved time and time again that she's a force to be reckoned with. The Avengers: Infinity War star expertly tackled Marvel's physically demanding Black Widow role with skill and confidence. She broke our hearts with only the sound of her voice in Her. And don't forget her critically acclaimed performance in Lost in Translation alongside one of the most celebrated actors of a generation (Bill Murray) — Rolling Stone predicted the then-18-year-old's performance would be talked about for years to come. They were right.

There's a lot to be learned about Johansson from her incredible career — most importantly, perhaps, is that the multitalented star is so much more than a pretty face. Here's the untold truth behind one of the brightest stars in Hollywood.

Talent is in her genes

There's no question that Scarlett Johansson is blessed with some seriously killer genes — and not just in the looks department.

Believe it or not, the mega-talent comes from a family of — you guessed it — mega talents. The daughter of an architect and an aspiring actress, Johansson and her three siblings were raised in a home where cinema was a staple. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, fed the children a steady diet of classic films. When Johansson was 8 years old, her mother enrolled her in the famous Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for Young People. Sloan, once an aspiring actress herself, set her own dreams aside to help the youngest of her children achieve world-renowned success. 

Johansson's mom isn't her only family member with enviable acting chops. Vanessa Johansson may not be as famous as her baby sister, but she's certainly not lacking of talent. The older Johansson sister, an accomplished voice actor, actually directed her younger sister in Audible's recording of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, telling People the collaboration with her younger sister was "kind of a no-brainer." 

Her twin brother is gorgeous, too

Hot twin alert

If you've ever found yourself wishing that the world had more of Scarlett Johansson, then you're in luck! While there's only one of her, your favorite Marvel maven has a twin — which is pretty much the next best thing to a full-on ScarJo clone. 

Hunter Johansson isn't quite as famous as his superstar sis, but make no mistake about it — he isn't lurking in the shadow of his twin's spotlight. Not only is he absolutely gorgeous (he is a Johansson, after all), Hunter has a pretty impressive resume under his belt. According to Us Weekly, the younger Johansson twin (by three minutes) worked as a part of President Obama's 2008 campaign, as well as his reelection. 

Bustle reports that Hunter also served as a community organizer for Scott Stringer, former Manhattan Borough President. One glance at Hunter's Instagram shows that he's definitely a New Yorker through-and-through — his account has a plethora of pictures showcasing the beautiful New York City skyline, delicious food, and abs for days

She's Katy Perry's muse

Released in 2008, "I Kissed a Girl" served as the lead single off Katy Perry's sophomore studio album, One of the Boys. The song was described by critics as an "instantly catchy number," an undeniable statement if you've ever heard the tune. It's a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable little number — which makes sense, considering it was inspired by a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable A-list celeb. 

In an interview with Steppin' Out magazine (via NME), Perry revealed the exact moment she was struck for inspiration for the summertime jam. "'I Kissed a Girl' was inspired when I opened up a magazine and I saw a picture of Scarlett Johansson," Perry said. The "Firework" songstress even told her boyfriend at the time that she hoped he'd be okay with Perry "making out" with Johansson, should the opportunity ever arise. 

Johansson's response? The actress, married to Ryan Reynolds at the time of the song's release, told Allure (via People), "That's flattering, but my lips are kind of taken."

The beauty, the acting, and... the voice?

Johansson lent her acting and vocal talents to the 2016 animated musical hit, Sing – bringing life to the angsty, adorable, rock n' roll-loving teenage porcupine, Ash. But Sing was hardly Johansson's first musical role — the star played a down-on-her-luck, aspiring songstress in the 2009 romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You. 

Johansson's voice is so pleasant, in fact, it had a starring role in Her — a futuristic romance about a lonely man who falls in love with his Siri-like virtual assistant, Samantha. Never once seen in the film, Johansson's Samantha sings a hauntingly beautiful tune called "The Moon Song" that will absolutely break your heart. You've been warned. 

If Johansson weren't an actress, it's safe to say the multitalented star could have enjoyed a successful singing career. She's released two studio albums — Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008) and Break Up (2009) – with Pitchfork praising her voice in her debut album for its "wide textural range." And she isn't giving up her voice anytime soon (sorry, Ursula). In April 2018, Johansson announced a brand new EP called Apart by releasing an electronic-pop inspired single, "Bad Dreams." 

She still auditions -- and doesn't always get the part

At this point in her career, wouldn't you think that directors would be throwing roles Scarlett Johansson's way? Johansson revealed to radio personality, Howard Stern, this gal doesn't take handouts. She works for what she has, auditions for roles she wants — and, unfortunately, doesn't always get them. 

In fact, Johansson has lost out on a handful of parts that would go on to be turning points in the careers of other actresses. Though she "sang her little heart out" during her audition, she was ultimately rejected for the role of Fantine in Les Misérables – you know, the role that famously won Anne Hathaway an Oscar. But that wasn't the first time the Johansson lost a role to a fellow superstar. 

When she was just a kid, Johansson was considered for Jumanji — her raw talent on full display in this adorable audition tape. Of course, the role eventually went to Kirsten Dunst — and Johansson joked with Stern that she "wasn't bitter enough" over losing out on the role of a (youngster's) lifetime. "Now, I'm bitter," she said.

She dreams of landing this role for her daughter

According to Cinderella, "If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true." Hopefully Scarlett Johansson has taken this lyrical wisdom to heart — after all, even international superstars have dreams. As for Johansson? She wants to be a Disney princess, of course. 

In an interview with The New York Times, Johansson was asked what onscreen experiences she'd like to create for her daughter. "Right now I think we both share the dream that I will someday be a Disney princess," she said, adding that her dream is "probably not going to happen." 

"I've been asking for that job for the past [twenty] years," Johansson joked. Hey, even if she never gets cast in her dream role, Johansson is apparently already her daughter's favorite Disney princess — and villain. The Avengers: Infinity War star told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest that her tot loves for her to sing songs from Moana and The Little Mermaid, and especially loves for her mom to play the part of Gaston — the Beauty and the Beast bad guy. Johansson says she's "not so great" at that one, but it seems her daughter begs to differ!

She's proud of her Black Widow portrayal

She may not be a Disney princess, but Scarlett Johansson successfully secured her place within the Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe when she scored the role of Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow. But this superhero story was almost another tale of Johansson losing a role to a fellow mega-talented actress. 

In the case of Black Widow, that actress was Emily Blunt. According to Blunt, however, "it just wasn't the right time." It was meant to be as it's hard to imagine any actress other than Johansson kicking butt as Black Widow. 

Speaking of kicking butt, Johansson is pretty proud of herself for tackling (and totally pulling off) such a physically challenging role. "I am always kind of amazed when I see myself [as the Black Widow]," she told Vanity Fair. "I'm like, 'I kick ass!'"

"I don't profess to know anything about parenting"

A versatile, talented actress, Scarlett Johansson has played a multitude of roles in her relatively young career — including a sentient virtual assistant, an animated porcupine, an infamous historical figure, a partied-out bride-to-be, and a Marvel superhero. But Johansson's biggest role of all came to her in 2014 when the star gave birth to her daughter, Rose Dorothy, and became a new mom. It's the role of a lifetime — quite literally — and it's possibly Johansson's most challenging role to-date.

"I don't profess to know anything about parenting," the superstar joked to Entertainment Tonight. "[But] being a working mom is an incredible challenge, [and] it's an incredible gift." It's safe to say that little Rose thinks her mom is doing a great job at the whole parenting thing. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Johansson adorably gushed: "If you ask her what I do for a living, she says 'Mommy's a superhero.'" Hey, the kid isn't wrong — moms are totally superheroes.

She's no stranger to high-profile romances

It's easy to forget that Ryan Reynolds hasn't always been Blake Lively's second half. In September 2008, Reynolds wed Scarlett Johansson in a secret ceremony after being engaged for only four months. Their marriage ended in 2010, and Johansson hinted to Cosmopolitan (via E! News) that the divorce was caused by competitiveness between the two actors. Johansson married again four years later, this time to Romain Dauriac — a French journalist and father of Rose Dorothy, the couple's daughter. That romance came to an end three years later, however, and the couple finalized their divorce in September 2017. 

Luckily, when this gal gets knocked down, she gets right back up again. In late 2017, it was reported that Johansson and Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update anchor, Colin Jost, were dating. Though neither Jost nor Johansson had yet to confirm their relationship, the SNL star couldn't help but to gush about his rumored girlfriend when asked about her at the 2017 Emmy Awards, telling Entertainment Tonight, "She's wonderful [...] I'm very lucky." 

The cute couple confirmed their relationship months later at the Avengers: Infinity War red carpet premiere in April 2018, posing for photographers and looking totally in love. Awwww.

"President Trump, I did not vote for you"

It has been said that with great power comes great responsibility, and it seems Scarlett Johansson has certainly taken those words to heart. Her fame and success have provided a platform most people aren't afforded, and Johansson is taking full-advantage that privilege by using said platform to stand up for justice and equality. 

The star attended the Women's March on Washington in January 2017, delivering a powerful speech to the massive crowd about Planned Parenthood and its importance in her own life — revealing that her very first gynecological appointment took place at a Planned Parenthood facility when she was only 15-years-old. "Planned Parenthood provided a safe place where I could be treated with gentle guidance," Johansson said.

Standing behind a podium, Johansson urged President Donald Trump to listen to the voices of women calling for the continued support and funding of Planned Parenthood. "President Trump, I did not vote for you," she said, to applause. "I want to be able to support you. But first I ask that you support me, support my sister, support my mother, support my daughter." A powerful statement from a powerful woman.