(Courtesy of V, Photo: Jean-Paul Goude for V Magazine) Scarlett Johansson
Hollywood bombshell Scarlett Johansson plays the iconic Janet Leigh in the upcoming film Hitchcock—which also stars Jessica Biel, Anthony Hopkins, and Toni Colette—and, this November, ahead of the film release, Johansson also stars on the cover of V magazine.
Check out some of the best bits from her interview, right here.
About shooting the iconic shower scene: “We only had the luxury to shoot the scene for a day, and everybody was feeling very nervous because it involved water and nobody wants the actor to get wet. They were concerned with modesty and all these things—but I don’t care about any of that stuff and Janet Leigh never did either. You have got to be brave, get into the shower, and face Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock jabbing you in the face with a 12-inch kitchen knife, you know…”
On Anthony Hopkins being scary: “As much as Anthony Hopkins is a pussycat, he’s terrifying. Maybe I watched Silence of the Lambs too many times when I was a kid. Maybe I was having some flash-backs. So I didn’t need too much preparation for the scene.”
On Hitchcock potentially being gay: “It’s funny because I spoke to Anthony about that and about this idea that he could be gay and I think Anthony definitely took that into consideration when he was developing the character. And of course you see the affection between Hitchcock and Alma. But at that point in time, their relationship, I think, was mostly platonic. Though I don’t think Hitchcock ever crossed the boundaries, physically anyway. Who knows?”
On her sex appeal: “I think all little girls are aware of their sex appeal, I think probably more so when they’re pubescent. I mean I remember being an extremely flirtatious little girl. I liked boys. I think I was also inspired by certain films I watched when I was a girl. I loved Judy Garland and I loved these Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals and I had this idea of romance—the dream girl getting the dream guy—and all that stuff.”
On living in Paris: “I’m living and vacationing here all at once. Then I go back to New York to start preparation for a play in the fall. But I’m convinced it will be the death of me. So I’m going to spend a couple of months mourning the loss of my existence.”
On her upcoming Broadway performance in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: “It’ just that the last time I found my way onto Broadway it was such a fresh and amazing experience...For this play, it’s going to be hard to live that many weeks in a state of embarrassment and regret and self-loathing and desperation and all the things the character has gone through. To live that eight times a week for two hours each time and then all of a sudden Monday comes around and you find the theater closed—you say to yourself, Oh, what is different about today? Oh, right, I haven’t been in an emotional turmoil for 24 hours. So, I get a break from this, like, pulling at whatever you can to get where you need to go in the moment. I think it’s just not a natural state to be in, to constantly dig up what stirs and disturbs you and air it all out for everyone to see, so to speak. So the preparation for such a project is like you have to have a huge surgery or something and you’re going to be out of commission for six months. It’s a big pill to swallow. A big, wonderful pill.”
Check out the newest issue of V magazine, featuring the full interview with Scarlett Johansson, when it hits newsstands on November 15th. Will you be seeing Hitchcock when it arrives in theaters this Thanksgiving?