Scarlett Johansson has revealed her mother Melanie was against the idea of her going into acting because the movie business is so competitive.
Scarlett Johansson has revealed her mother Melanie was against the idea of her going into acting because the movie business is so competitive. Bang Showbiz

Scarlett Johansson's mother didn't want her to act

SCARLETT Johansson's mother tried to deter her from a career in acting.

The Oscar-nominated beauty is one of Hollywood's most bankable female stars but Scarlett admits her mum Melanie wasn't sure she would be able to handle the pressure of the cutthroat industry.

She recalled: "My mum never really wanted me to get into acting because she was afraid it would be very competitive and stressful - which it is!"

Scarlett - who was named after 'Gone with the Wind' character Scarlett O'Hara - always loved performing arts as a youngster but her first attempt at breaking into the spotlight in commercials didn't go well.

Melanie had taken Scarlett and her siblings Vanessa, Adrian and twin brother Hunter for an audition, but the 29-year-old beauty was rejected.

Scarlett said: "The only person they wanted was my older brother, Adrian. I was totally devastated. I still can't sell anything. I'm terrible at it!"

Despite the numerous setbacks, the 'Under the Skin' and 'Her' star continued to pursue her dream against her mother's advice.

She added to Total Film magazine: "When I was really little, I was a singing, dancing kid. I took all kinds of classes. I was one of those jazz-hands kids."



Victa boat motors on display

Victa boat motors on display

A piece of history at the Show

A cute new member for The McClymonts

A cute new member for The McClymonts

The McClymonts have a new band member, and she's super cute.

Worlds smallest cucumber wins big at the Grafton Show

Worlds smallest cucumber wins big at the Grafton Show

Produce Pavilion at the Grafton Show a big hit with small cucumbers

Local Partners