Scarlett Johansson Says Black Widow Is Her Favorite Role

Credit: Marvel
Credit: Marvel

It’s been another banner year for Scarlett Johansson. Recently named highest-grossing actress ever, the star was honored last week at the Gene Siskel Film Center (GSFC) School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for her illustrious career.

At the annual gala – this year entitled “Celebrate Scarlett” – at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, Johansson was presented with the prestigious Renaissance Award.

The actress, whose resume includes iconic roles in Girl with a Pearl Earring and Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, opened up about her craft and her favorite role to Michigan Avenue Magazine.

And it turns out that Marvel’s Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow, is the character she loves the most!

“I really like playing Natasha; playing the Black Widow [in The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Captain America: Civil War]. It’s been an interesting journey, to take a character and grow it over these years, and peel the layers back and be able to, as you do in life, grow with this person. It’s a character that’s really enigmatic and has an amazing origins story, so there’s a lot for me to play off of.”

Of course, it is largely down to Marvel’s success that Johansson rides so high at the box office.

“People like the puzzle pieces,” Johansson said. “It’s part of the fun of the Marvel franchise. They like to see these little pieces come together, and [discover] little references that they knew from the comics and stuff, so it’s fun. I like that.”

Past Renaissance Award honorees include Morgan Freeman, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jamie Foxx, Gwyneth Paltrow, George Lucas, Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr.

Johansson has already won BAFTA and Tony awards and is a four-time Golden Globe nominee.

Her multifaceted career shows no sign of slowing down. Next year sees the release of a live-action Ghost in the Shell, based on the beloved anime and manga.

Are you excited to see Johansson’s success continue?