Scarlett Johansson turned 29 years old on November 22, and now she says, “I’m in a point at my life where I’m sure of my choices and I’m interested in so many different things,” according to quotes that appeared New Year’s Eve on the Contact Music web site.
And according to those quotes, what she really wants to do is, shockingly for an actor, direct.
Actually, it was earlier this year that saw the announcement of the first Scarlett Johannson-directed film, an adaptation of a long-lost Truman Capote novel, Summer Crossing. The news was broken back in May on the Hollywood business news site Deadline.com.
The acclaimed author of In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s was so dissatisfied with his first attempt at a full-length novel that he tossed the manuscript in the trash. That was in the days when there were no hard drives or cloud storage to back up copies of any document forever.
Somehow, through means that remain unclear, the pages were recovered and the book was finally published in 2005, 21 years after Capote’s death. Scarlet Johansson fell in love with the book and acquired the film rights to make her directorial debut. The Internet Movie Database, for what it’s worth, lists the film as having a 2014 release date
With that in mind, the quotes that surfaced on New Year’s Eve seem a little puzzling. In them, Johansson says that she has bought the rights to “some books” and also, “I love art galleries and music.”
She also discusses her on-again, off-again music career, saying that she has formed an all-girl band named The One And Only Singles. This, too, was revealed earlier this year by Spin Magazine during Scarlett Johansson’s run on Broadway in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
The starlet was paid a salary of $40,000 per week plus a percentage of the gross box-office receipts for her performance as Maggie the Cat in the classic play. But the show garnered only mixed reviews for the Scarlett Johansson role and ultimately failed to make back the $3.6 million that investors put up to stage the production.
In the quotes circulated by Contact Music yesterday, Scarlett Johansson refers to her childhood interests before she began her meteoric acting career, saying that she enjoyed browsing through libraries and theaters in New York’s Greenwich Village.
“I used to go around Greenwich Village, back when it wasn’t popular or cool,” she is reported as saying.
But Greenwich Village was never cooler than when Bob Dylan started his career there in 1961 — 23 years before Scarlett Johansson was born.