|Famous For: Lucy, Lost in Translation and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in Marvel Cinematic Universe||Currently Known For: Actress, Model and Singer|
Currently Known For Actress, Model and Singer
“I definitely believe in plastic surgery. I don't want to be an old hag. There's no fun in that.” Since making her silver screen debut in the 1994 film North, Scarlett Johansson has proven time and time again that she is a huge box office draw with over 50 projects to her name and dozens more on the horizon. But, before we dive into her successful career and her impressive paycheck, let’s take a look at her earlier years long before she ever achieved fortune and fame in Hollywood.
Born to a middle class family in New York City where her father worked as an architect and her mother, a self-proclaimed “film buff,” worked as a producer, Johansson was drawn to her mother’s star-studded career and expressed an early interest in the theater. With her mother taking her to auditions throughout the city, it wasn’t long before the nine-year-old Johansson landed her first part opposite John Ritter in the 1994 fantasy comedy North. Although the film was a huge flop at the box office, Johansson’s performance exceeded expectations and set her on the path to stardom.
Cast in minor roles over the next few years, Johansson’s luck continued to improve and, in 1998, she was cast in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer, which earned her a Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination for Most Promising Actress. From there, she made the transition to more adult roles in films like Lost In Translation before finding her niche in hits like The Black Dahlia, The Other Boleyn Girl and He’s Just Not That Into You. Along the way, she sealed her fate as one of Hollywood’s sex symbols and joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow for superhero blockbusters like Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America and many more.
Currently the highest grossing actress of all time in the United States with her films bringing in over $3.3 billion at the box office, it’s no surprise that Johansson’s personal net worth exceeds $100 million with her earnings last year alone topping out at $35.5 million. And, while most of her fortune stems from her role as Black Widow, Johansson has certainly done her part beyond the silver screen to pad her net worth after dabbling in music, modeling, politics and activism over the last two decades.
Frequently gracing the top of “Sexiest Women Alive” lists from GQ and Esquire to Playboy, Johansson’s lucrative modeling career has undoubtedly added to her net worth and fame. In fact, film critic Anthony Lane of The New Yorker says that Johansson’s “sultriness” has greatly contributed to her success on the silver screen. With that being said, we can’t help but wonder what Johansson’s stunning beauty, Hollywood fame and $100 million net worth can actually buy since she already seems to have it all.
Well…a mansion or two, for starters! Located in the heart of Los Angeles and currently on the market for $5 million, Johansson purchased her first stunning home in 2007 for $7 million. Boasting 4,500 square feet with four bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen and walk-in wine cellar, the house includes a long list of amenities including a state-of-the-art gym, spa and an outdoor pool with a stunning hillside view.
Aside from her Los Angeles home, Johansson also owns a 3,000 square foot estate in Los Angeles’ prestigious Los Feliz community that she purchased a few years ago with her ex-husband, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds. This gorgeous home offers even more beauty with floor-to-ceiling windows and lux enmities including an outdoor bath, home gym and a giant master bedroom. To top it off, the house sits on half an acre of exquisite land with a walled garden, large deck and a saltwater swimming pool.
Obviously living the life of luxury when it comes to her homes, Johansson doesn’t have much interest in exotic cars and actually prefers to cruise around town in her modest Toyota Prius. According to her family and friends, this is par for the course for the 31-year-old Lucy star who is far from materialistic despite being considered one of the sexiest women in the world. Instead, she prefers to spend her fortune helping others and regularly endorses, promotes and donates her time and money to over 30 causes.
A true philanthropist who talks the talk and walks the walk, Johansson often takes the front line when it comes to helping those in need. Over the last decade, she has served as an Oxfam Ambassador, assisted victims of Hurricane Katrina, raised awareness of AIDS sufferers in Africa and donated thousands of pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls. Far more than just a pretty face and a sex symbol, Johansson is proof that superheroes do exist thanks to the kindness and compassion she frequently shows to others when the cameras aren’t rolling.