Sometimes a filmmakers only makes one movie and then retires
With the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the lone female Avenger (at least in the movies) serves as the great hope for lady-comic fans everwhere. Here are some facts about the woman behind the Black Widow:
1. Scarlett clawed her way back from career’s edge: About five years ago, Scarlett found herself in the dredges of (failed) romcom hell. She subsequently positioned herself as an action heroine by accepting a relatively low salary (rumored to be only $200,000) as Black Widow for Iron Man 2. Now that she’s anchored her own solo action flick, Lucy, her current $17 per movie salary shall soon rise.
2. She’s a Woody Allen threepeat: Scarlett has appeared in three Woody Allen movies, Match Point (2005), Scoop (2006), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). She’ll reportedly do anything for Woody, even “hem his pants” if he so requests.
3. Her Her audition was epic: When Scarlett met with director Spike Jonze about replacing Samantha Morton as the voice
of Siri of Her, the meeting lasted for an amazing eight hours. She told Vanity Fair that the encounter left her “starving and dehydrated.”
4. She’s been married twice: Scarlett married Ryan Reynolds in 2008, and they divorced in 2011. Rumor has it that the pair’s competing schedules took their toll on the relationship. As of 2014, Scarlett has been married to French journalist Romain Dauriac. Their baby daughter, Rose Dorothy Duriac, was born last October.
5. Scarlett has a twin brother: Scarlett and Hunter Johansson both grew up onstage, appearing alongside each other in their school production of Oliver!” They turned 30 years old last November 22.
6. Scarlett’s hair-dye campaign: Scarlett so badly wanted the role of Black Widow that she showed up at the audition with her hair already dyed red. Jon Favreau knew better than to say no.
7. The role that wasn’t meant to be: Scarlett was one of the front runners to play the twins of The Parent Trap. Lindsay Lohan captured the role, but we all know whose career took ff in the aftermath. (Scarlett was also rejected from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.)
8. She really does hate the ScarJo nickname: She told Glamour, “I associate that name with, like, pop stars. It sounds tacky. It’s lazy and flippant. And there’s something kind of violent about it. There’s something insulting about it.”
9. She once lived at the Chateau Marmont: As a teenager, her Japanese fighting fish (Cassius) died when her friend forgot to change the fish tank water. Scarlett buried her beloved fishy in the Chateau’s gardens.
10. What she really wants to do is direct: Scarlett directed a segment (which didn’t make the final cut) of the anthology-style film, New York, I Love You (2008). She’s currently developing an adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella, Summer Crossing.