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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Scarlett Johansson understands sex symbol status: 'People like to keep the fantasy alive'

Published 26/02/2014 | 12:14

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Actress Scarlett Johansson said she hopes to perceived by more than her looks in the future.

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Scarlett has earned several sexiest woman titles in the past, including Sexiest Woman Alive in Esquire magazine last October.

While she is happy to embrace the recognition, the blonde beauty hopes to be seen in a different light as she gets older. She is also looking forward to taking on more gritty roles as her career grows.

“People like to keep the fantasy alive, whether it’s good or bad or dramatic or more interesting than reality. You can be pigeon-holed or labelled or torn apart of put up on a pedestal. Sometimes you are affected by certain things. It’s a learning curve and I’m still in the adjustment phase of figuring out how to dodge the effects of the media glare,” she sighed.

“But I do look forward to growing in the industry. Many actresses have their meatiest roles when they are in their thirties and forties – it didn’t used to be that way and now it is. I’m looking forward to that. I think I’m at a funny age where I get the ‘sexiest woman’ thing - and it feels like a label for right now. But maybe when I get older, it won’t be like that.”

She also revealed she becomes 'paralysed with fear' when thinking of her new film.

The 29-year-old actress stars as alien seductress Laura in Under the Skin. Her character preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland and is undressed for a majority of the movie.

Rather than viewing the finished piece in all its glory, Scarlett isn't yet confident enough to analyse the ins and outs of the storyline.

“When I watch the film, it’s hard for me to step outside of it and say, ‘This is a film about the birth of fear or love and sex,’ or whatever thematic connection we make. I can’t see any of that because I just sit there paralysed with fear,” she laughed to the April edition of Psychologies magazine.

“And I’m sure in a few years’ time I’ll be able to say, ‘Wow, there are all these themes in there.’ But right now, I’ll let everyone else decide what to make of it. Every film I make it a different type of experience and this one was a whole other challenge.”

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