Actress Scarlett Johansson, who portrays the mighty superheroine Black Widow in Marvel Cinematic Universe films, says that at one point, the film industry had labelled her as a “bombshell”. But she feels there’s something “confining” about being perceived as “sexy”.
“I think for such a long time, I felt kind of pigeonholed as this ingenue — this kind of girl who is floating between two worlds. Maybe that was just a literal reflection of my life at that time,” Johansson told variety.com.
“I’m a very curious person. I’m a really curious actor. The Marvel universe has opened up so many opportunities for me to stretch myself in ways that I never thought would be possible,” she added.
Further talking about it, Johansson explained: “I think perhaps people at some point in the industry would have had a certain idea of my physical capability — sort of like a trap.
“And there was this label put on me as this bombshell. I think while it’s been flattering to be someone who is sexy, there’s something very confining about that. It implies that your strength comes from your sexuality.”