Scarlett Johansson Pushes Her Limits With 4 Non-Human Roles
Scarlett Johansson’s career started out with well-received performances in indie classics like Lost in Translation and Ghost World, but the actress’ most recent roles, both in blockbusters and higher-brow work, seem to show a star fixated on characters that are in some way superhuman. Whether it’s superheroes, aliens, operating systems, or folks addled by drugs that allow access to higher brain power than the general population, Johansson seems fascinated by finding the human within the other. Perhaps this is because Johansson is an actress who at the age of 29 seems to have accomplished almost everything, from diverse roles in critically acclaimed indie movies, to becoming one of Woody Allen’s latest muses, to making Hollywood blockbusters, to being repeatedly named ‘the sexiest woman alive,’ and now she needs to push her boundaries even further — outside of the human species.
Speaking about her latest movies in a gushing New Yorker profile that dedicated much of its word count to her looks, Johannson said of her several most recent roles, “There’s an existential feel to each project — a near-distant, futuristic feel.” Here’s a look at the four performances in four very different movies that all find Johansson exploring the existential question of what it means to be human by playing characters that are not.