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Scarlett Johansson Through the Years

ScarJo’s world! Even before she was taking on bad guys as Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson was a box office stable.

The actress began her movie career in the mid ‘90s and continued to make a name for herself into the 2000s, starring in 2003’s Girl With a Pearl Earring, 2007’s The Nanny Diaries, 2008’s The Other Boleyn Girl, 2009’s He’s Just Not That Into You and making her first Marvel appearance in 2010’s Iron Man 2. While her career took off, she faced backlash over the years for her accusations of whitewashing in 2017’s Ghost in the Shell, being cast to play a transgender man in Rub and Tug in 2019 and for defending frequent collaborator Woody Allen amid sexual abuse allegations.

“It can be embarrassing to have the experience of, ‘Wow, I was really off mark there,’” she told the Gentlewoman in March 2021, joking she “made a career” out of controversies.

Johansson has been also candid about struggles in her personal life, reflecting on her past marriages to Ryan Reynolds and Romain Dauriac in Vanity Fair’s November 2019 cover story.

“The first time I got married I was 23 years old,” she told the magazine, referring to her three-year union to the Deadpool star, which ended in their 2011 divorce. “I didn’t really have an understanding of marriage. Maybe I kind of romanticized it, I think, in a way. It’s a different part of my life now. I feel like I’m in a place in my life, I feel I’m able to make more active choices. I’m more present, I think, than I’ve been before.”

Johansson went on to welcome daughter Rose with Dauriac but split from the journalist in 2017.

“The idea of building a family, making a family, and having that work, I like that idea. I think that would be wonderful. I’ve always wanted that. I wanted that also in my marriage to my daughter’s father as well,” she continued. “It just wasn’t the right person.”

Johansson subsequently found The One in Colin Jost.

Colin is still head over heels for Scarlett,” a source told Us Weekly in 2019. “He thinks she is incredible, kind, beautiful. He is beyond doting to her and loves showing her off when they’re out. Scarlett loves Colin too, and they are in it for the long haul. … Colin gets a starry-eyed look in his eyes when he talks about her.”

The twosome wed in October 2020. The following year, Johansson’s Black Widow finally landed her own film — which may serve as the character’s swan song.

“I have no plans to return as Natasha. I feel really satisfied with this film. It feels like a great way to go out for this chapter of my Marvel identity,” Johansson told Fatherly in July 2021. “I would love to be able to continue to collaborate with Marvel in other ways because I think there’s just an incredible wealth of stories there. Reimagining this genre is something that I find very interesting. I think there’s a lot of opportunities to tell these stories in different ways than audiences have come to expect.”

Scroll through to see Johansson through the years:

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The ‘90s

Johansson’s early film roles include her debut in 1994’s North, 1996’s Manny & Lo, 1997’s Home Alone 3 and 1998’s The Horse Whisperer.

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After earning Golden Globe nominations for Lost in Translation and Girl with a Pearl Earring, the actress starred in five different movies in 2004.


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Johansson earned her third Golden Globe nod for A Love Song for Bobby Long in 2005. This was also the first year she worked with Allen.

“I don’t know any more than any other person knows. I only have a close proximity with Woody … he’s a friend of mine. But I have no other insight other than my relationship with him,” she told Vanity Fair in November 2019. “I do understand how that is triggering for some people. But just because I believe my friend does not mean that I don’t support women, believe women. I think you have to take it on a case-by-case basis. You can’t have this blanket statement — I don’t believe that. But that’s my personal belief. That’s how I feel.”


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She started dating Reynolds in 2007 and he popped the question in 2008. They wed that same year.

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News of Johansson and Reynolds’ split broke in December 2010, the same year she started playing Natasha Romanova/Black Widow in the Marvel films, beginning with Iron Man 2.


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The Avengers, which also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner, hit theaters in 2012. She started dating Dauriac that same year.


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Johansson welcomed daughter Rose in 2014 and married Dauriac in October of that year.

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After meeting at Saturday Night Live and beginning their relationship in 2017, Johansson and Jost made their first official red carpet appearance at the Avengers: Infinity War premiere in April 2018.

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The comedian proposed in 2019.

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Johansson was nominated for her roles in Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit at the 2020 Oscars. That October, she and Jost exchanged vows.

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