Blank Stares and Blonde Hair: Performing Scarlett Johansson
This chapter looks to elements of Johansson’s performance across her body of work. Described as an actor who “oozes” on screen, Johansson’s performance is marked by a slowness and remoteness that forms a distinct relationship to time and space within the frame. This chapter engages with current turns in the analysis of acting, screen performance and stardom to consider what marks Johansson out as an actor. Looking across her body of work both within and outside of film, including her supporting roles, Hollywood breakthroughs, independent films, as well as her music videos and advertising work, this chapter charts Johansson’s style in performance as a distinctive element of her stardom.
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