Scarlett Johansson Fights Broadway Critics
Scarlett Johansson has opened up about her frustrations as a struggling actress after Tony Award critics complained she did not deserve to win Best Featured Actress for her part in the Broadway show A View From the Bridge. "I have worked my ass off to get to where I am," the 25-year-old actress told Broadway World. "I understand that struggle. For me, it’s more about hiring the right person for the job. If somebody is cast because they are a name but they’re not right for the job, well, it’s very frustrating."
Critics said the trophy should have gone to a classically trained stage performer instead of a Hollywood actress though Johansson argued that with determination, "actors are actors," regardless of the outlet in which they perform.
"The actors we’ve seen this season that we recognize from film – Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Liev Schreiber and Catherine Zeta-Jones, etc. – have not only made a huge impact on ticket sales but have given tour de force performances and all started their careers as stage actors, dedicating themselves to making an impression in the theater, " she rationalized. Johansson says she’s proud of her success and feels no need to apologize for it. "I pounded the pavement for years and I know what it’s like to struggle as an actor. A lot of it is luck and, certainly, a lot of it is opportunity – and the lack of that." – Natthakan Garunrangseewong