Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is an American actress. The world’s highest-paid actress in 2018 and 2019, she has featured multiple times on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Her films have grossed over $14.3 billion worldwide, making Johansson the ninth-highest-grossing box office star of all time. She is the recipient of various accolades, including a Tony Award and a British Academy Film Award, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards.
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling.
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Super U Podcast | 7 Super Tips with Scarlett Johansson:
[1:58] Tip #1
“When I was probably nine. I worked on a film called just cause and Laurence Fishburne was in it. And we were traveling somewhere for the film. We were on a plane. And I tried I passed him in the file. And he said to me, Hey, let me ask you a question. Do you want to be an actor? Or do you want to be a movie star? And, you know, in my mind, I didn’t really I didn’t know what he meant. Exactly. I felt like you know, you can be both right. I mean, you can be both but he was saying to me, he’s like, Are you here to do the work? And, you know, I internalize that if your end goal is just to be a movie star. Well, you know, that’s one that’s different than acting.”
[3:09] Tip #2
“Firstly, just having a scene partner and understanding what it means to work with one another was a big part of the foundation, just the improvisational work acting opposite another person, being able to hold what they gave you. And give them something that gives and take was, was greatly encouraged. And requires obviously a lot of patience and compassion and in mindfulness, and which are all wonderful things to teach children anyway. It’s, it’s, it really just, it’s the same foundation, you just, you’re just a little bit shorter. I would never describe myself as a method actor, per se, but I have developed my own kind of method. And I think being able to draw from my own emotional space inside me and, and be able to have compassion for myself in a way and the experiences that I have had. And you use those, those experiences and those emotions to you know, to really adapt to any kind of situation or environment that has been something that I carry with me and have always employed and kind of gone back to.”
[4:57] Tip #3
“Definition of success. means so many different things to different people. For me, I feel like I’ve had success when I’ve done my best job at that very particular given moment doesn’t necessarily mean that I won’t wake up. When the night demons come at 2am and go, Oh, damn it, I should have tried that other reading. I mean, that always happens. But I think when I feel okay, this is all I have to give a, give it all, I thought of all the things I could think of right now. Think I’m good, okay. doesn’t always mean that it ends up so successful. But personally, it feels like, Okay, I’m happy with that, you know, if I was brave, and I try, I push myself out of my comfort zone. And I maybe went in a direction when in a couple of different directions that felt to me, I carve something out, I just made a discovery, I feel okay, that was a successful moment. I do it moment to moment.”
[6:39] Tip #4
“Because a couple of people actually, in the past couple of days, it has mentioned to me that a couple of extremely esteemed directors been, you know, really vocal about how movies, you know, the kind of whole Marvel Universe and his I guess, big kind of blockbuster action movies are really like, you know, using words like despicable and like the death of cinema. And I actually, you know, at first I thought that seems kind of old-fashioned. And somebody sort of had to explain it to me, because it seemed so kind of disappointing, and sad, in a way and then and then they said, No, I think we know what that what these people are saying is that you know, in at the actual theater, there’s not a lot of room for different kinds of movies or smaller movies or independent movies because the theater is actually just taken up by these huge blockbuster movies. And there’s actually no space for these movies. And, you know, it made me sort of think about how people consume content now and how there has been this huge sea change and how people were people view what the viewing experience is, and what the maybe original, what we would have called the cinematic experience, how that’s you know, that’s, that’s definitely changed for people, as everyone’s lifestyle is changing. And people watch, they’re taking in all this different content and all these different new platforms. And it just is, it’s just a, it’s just, you know, it’s just changing. And I think of all the stuff that’s out there that has found a home, in whether it’s through a streaming network or service or you know, you know, maybe you’re on a different kind of television networks that are happening now. Or, you know, there’s all these different ways and people to see stuff. And so all this stuff is getting made that I think would probably have never had a shot before.”
[8:50] Tip #5
“I guess, like 10 years ago. And strangely enough, it feels like JoJo rabbits more even more. It’s actually kind of sad. It’s it seems more relevant now than it was 10 years ago. Um, and I think, you know, if you’ve seen it, you’ll understand why it’s why that’s a sad fact. But it, you know, that film. I found its way, you know, through Fox Searchlight, which is, you know, has a history of just making really cool, interesting stuff they have. They’re not they don’t shy away from that studio doesn’t shy away from stuff that’s aversive. And, you know, they’re happy to give it a theatrical release, and they believe in it. And I think there is still there’s room for independent film for sure. I mean, I think people want they want diversity, they want to see different kinds of things and they want to see different stories that represent them and then different actors that represent them. And I think it’s, you know, there’s definitely a there’s room for original stuff. You know, it’s hard to find good stuff, period.”
[10:40] Tip #6
“Marriage stories, definitely, you know, there’s a lot of, there’s a lot of complex emotional, the relationship between the two characters is complicated, like any relationship that’s meaningful, and has 10 years of history. And there’s a lot of different kinds of feelings all happening at the same time, which is not to say that it was all super heavy, while it was exhausting. And the days were long because Noah is also very, is relentless in his search for every, you know, possibility and exhausting every kind of angle of any given scene. Because of that, because you had all this sort of room to spread out, it actually felt really liberating, like kind of light in a way even though the material is heavy. It’s also kind of playful. I think, as an actor, you feel invigorated by stuff that’s working and stuff that feels real and complicated and surprising. It may seem that you would carry around this kind of weight while you’re doing heavy, dramatic lifting like that. But in fact, it’s kind of like going to the gym and lifting a heavyweight. And then you feel this kind of rush and endorphin afterward, you know, and you feel like leading fit and great.”
[12:50] Tip #7
“If we, you know, there is a responsible way, I think, to live our lives with technology where we’re also where we also take care of ourselves, take care of our, our, our mental state, you know, give us give ourselves time and space to be clear in our mind. So that we can focus on our own empowerment and focus on our own goals, how we want to get there, take the time to, you know, meditate, take the time to, you know, sit down with your coffee, or whatever it is you do and not be staring at your thing and not be just absorbing all of this constant information, but actually strategize with yourself, you know, try to envision a goal for yourself and, you know, you know, try to try to think about what kind of active choices you’re making in your life, you know, take time for yourself. I think that helps that that that is empowering.”
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