Scarlett Johansson on mom's influence
May 3rd, 2012
02:00 PM ET

Scarlett Johansson on mom's influence

Scarlett Johansson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday, and the 27-year-old actress says she has her mom to thank for her success.

"One of the most important things [my mom] did growing up was that she always said to me that I could do whatever I wanted as long as I really, really wanted it," Johansson told CNN. "It allowed me to constantly sort of reassess what my priorities were and it grounded me in a way, and allowed me to come back to square one and say, 'What am I doing here, and why am I doing it?'"

It's a lesson Johansson thinks all kids should learn, "no matter what," she said. "That they should be doing something because they're passionate about it and for no other reason.”

That passion has turned into a career of often playing women with conviction, Johansson said, from "The Avengers" Black Widow to her upcoming role of Janet Leigh in "Hitchcock."

"I think most of the characters that I play have a lot of conviction, and have strength and a sort of - they’re survivors in their own way," she said. "I think that’s something for me that’s a very important quality to sprinkle over the characters that I play. To have women who are independent, strong and have a lot of conviction.”

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. aqababy

    Sprinkle? How does one sprinkle conviction?

    May 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marty

    She sucks

    May 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. .•|•.

    Lol, for a minute there, I thought it was gonna say she got dizzy from the flashing cameras. Congrat's on getting her star!

    May 3, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rebbeca

    Agree with Armand don't get the hype with her nothing special as far as acting skills and find her to be annoying.

    May 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Puleeze

    Oh please. Any one with eyes can see she's a beautiful woman. Whether she is a great actress is to be determined, but there are FAR worse actresses with stars on the walk of fame then Scar Jo. She's been in the business for nearly 20 years, she earned it.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Armand

    She deserves this why?I don't get the hype over her.I don't think her acting's anything special and I don't find her attractive in the least

    May 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |

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