On the Verge of Quitting: Scarlett Johansson Reveals Her Battle with Career Frustrations After Losing Coveted Roles

Renowned Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson recently confessed in a revealing interview that she came close to abandoning her acting career after experiencing a series of rejections for significant roles, one of which was eventually performed by Sandra Bullock.

The 38-year-old actress candidly described her struggle with feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy following several major rejections, one being for the character of Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a role initially offered to Emily Blunt.

Further disappointment ensued when she was passed over for a role in the science fiction film “Gravity,” which ultimately went to Sandra Bullock. Bullock’s performance in this film, alongside George Clooney, later earned her nominations for Best Actress at several prestigious award ceremonies, including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs.

Johansson referred to this setback as the “final straw,” leading her to contemplate her future in the film industry. She disclosed to Variety that she questioned whether she had chosen the correct career path due to frustration and hopelessness.

Honest: Scarlett Johansson has admitted that she almost gave up acting after losing out on a dream role that went to Sandra Bullock (Scarlett pictured in 2022). Source: Daily Mail

After rising to fame with her breakout film “Lost In Translation,” Johansson questioned whether the roles offered her post-success was gratifying enough.

Breaking away from the image created by this movie proved challenging for her, and she often found herself questioning the creative prospects of her career.

However, Johansson’s luck shifted when Emily Blunt had to step back from “Iron Man 2” due to contractual commitments with Fox.

Thoughts: After missing out on Gravity, which Sandra (pictured in 2022) got, Scarlett said that particular rejection ‘was sort of the straw that broke the camel’s back as it made her reconsider her future in the film industry. Source: Daily Mail

Johansson was given the chance to assume the role in the Marvel movie, which, though not substantial, opened new doors for her.

Scarlett Johansson’s journey did not stop there. Her Broadway performance in “A View from the Bridge,” as well as her roles in “Under The Skin” and “Her,” won critical acclaim.

She is filming scenes for Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City,” sharing screen space with Tom Hanks, Margot Robbie, and Maya Hawke.

Dream part: That part went to Sandra Bullock, 58, who starred in the 2013 sci-fi film alongside George Clooney, 62, and saw her go on to be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and BAFTAs. Source: Daily Mail

In another disclosure last month on The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast, Johansson revealed her decision to avoid social media due to her self-described ‘fragile’ personality.

Candid: ‘I had wanted that role so much. It was sort of the straw that broke the camel’s back. I felt really frustrated and hopeless. Like, “Am I doing the right job?”‘ (pictured in 2020). Source: Daily Mail

She admitted to getting addicted and overwhelmed by platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, comparing her behavior to a toddler engrossed in their mother’s phone.

Frustrating: Questioning whether she’d make any headway with her career, she added: ‘The work I was being offered felt deeply unfulfilling. I think I was offered every Marilyn Monroe script ever. I was like, “Is this the end of the road creatively?”‘ (pictured with Colin Jost in 2020). Source: Daily Mail

Johansson, married to SNL star Colin Jost and mother to two children, even recounted her brief stint on Instagram through her company’s account, which ended in her realizing the extensive time she spent scrolling through strangers’ profiles.

Lucky: Scarlett’s fortunes soon turned, however when Emily Blunt was forced to pull out of Iron Man 2 due to contractual obligations with Fox, and she was re-offered the role in the Marvel movie (pictured as Black Widow). Source: Daily Mail
Potential: That movie wasn’t going to move the needle forward in terms of how my character was written, but there was potential for what it could be — a potential for growth in subsequent films’ (pictured in 2021). Source: Daily Mail