Scarlett Johansson got hot and steamy while making her latest movie Marvel Avengers Assemble. The Hollywood beauty, who reprises her role as Black Widow in the flick, says fighting her co-stars in her superhero suit was a sweaty business, but says she was "lucky" to avoid the clichés of women as superheroes, thanks to director Joss Whedon.
We sat down with Hollywood's latest heroine to out what it took to become a 'real' superwoman.
STUDIO: We heard you've got your star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame...
Scarlett Johansson: Yes! I'm getting one.
STUDIO: Are you proud of that? How does that work?
SJ: I don't know, actually. I think you're nominated. There's a committee... and, I guess, they nominate you and then you receive a star, which is very exciting for me. I was totally thrilled, of course, because I feel very nostalgic about that kind of thing. It's a wonderful tradition and I felt like I finally made it. I really did! I was, like, "Wow! I've been in the industry for twenty years and I've worked since I was a kid." It felt like a big milestone.
STUDIO: Do you know who you're next to – which stars?
SJ: No, I've no idea. I'm hoping not be outside one of those horrible shops on Hollywood Boulevard somewhere.
STUDIO: Do you get to choose at all, or do you see when you get there?
SJ: I don't know how it works. But I'll find out, I guess. I'll be on the pavement with my hands and everything. It's funny.
STUDIO: You've managed to avoid all the clichés of women as superheroes. Was that something you fed into the character? For example, you don't fight in heels.
SJ: That was probably from the work that we did earlier with John Favreau on Iron Man 2. He wanted the character to be a badass – a sexy badass, but a badass number one. Also, Joss Whedon is so not interested in the bombshell super heroine archetype. He wanted that character to be tough and to be intimidating and threatening. All of those things. He celebrates those strong female characters, he always has. He's known for that. So I just got very lucky with that, otherwise I wouldn't have done it because there was nothing for me to do. I feel like those super heroine films are like a woman fighting in a bra and pantyhose, or whatever, and just posing and doing the wind machine. I have no interest in that.
Read the rest of STUDIO's exclusive interview with Scarlett Johansson, star of Marvel Avengers Assemble, in our April 2012 issue. Out now!