Scarlett Johansson: I Got 1,080 on SAT
Scarlett Johansson opens up about her New York childhood in the new Interview. Speaking with director Darren Aronofsky, the actress gets nostalgic for the Manhattan of her youth.
“It has changed,” Johansson says. “When I went to the public school — especially at the one that’s now so in-demand — it was really diverse. I mean, it was in-demand back then, but that was because a lot of the artists in the neighborhood had kids who went there. This was in the pre-Sex and the City days.” She adds, “My most vivid memories of New York are all throughout the ’90s. That’s when I was in my prime — you know, 11 or 12 years old, owning the street.”
But in high school, she didn’t quite own the SATs. “I think the way it worked when I took them was that they were out of 1,600, so maybe you’d get a 1,240 if you were a smarty-pants,” says Johansson. “I got a 1,080, which was pretty low. But that was probably because I didn’t answer half of the math questions.”
As for the city nowadays, Johansson fears the new Citi Bikes bicycling sharing program. “First of all, I’m terrified to ride a bike in a city — and I grew up riding bikes in the city,” she tells Aronofsky. “I’ve just heard enough stories — I have enough friends who’ve been hit by taxicabs and things. Then, you know, there’s also the bike messenger who is definitely riding with a purpose and wants you off his f*cking bike path.”
What else makes her scared? While talking about her live theater work, Johansson mentions, “Oh, there are plenty of moments on stage where you think, ‘If one of my boobs just fell out right now…’ Or you think, ‘What if I just started peeing right now on stage? Or vomited on the whole front row?’ That would be career-ending.”