Scarlett Johansson on Playing Maggie in Broadway’s ‘Cat’ Revival: “Whatever my take is on it is certainly my take on it”

scarlett-johansson-cat-on-a-hot-tin-roofJust because you’ve won a Tony doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels—at least according to Scarlett Johansson.  The actress, who won her award for 2010’s A View from the Bridge, is currently starring in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  But she isn’t taking the role lightly.

“I think [winning the Tony] encouraged me to find Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and to know that I had a welcome invitation to come back,” she said in an interview with Broadway.com.  “The most important thing is to not let that honor inform your choices, to recognize that it was for that performance, and that it doesn’t let you off the hook or put the pressure on you in any way.  You just have to take it for what it represents.”

The actress has certainly had plenty of film success, in movies like The Avengers and Iron Man 2, but her fame didn’t really play into her decision to take on the iconic role of Maggie in the play.  “I guess I never had any idea of the role as being iconic in any particular way other than the fact that Elizabeth Taylor [played it]—I know the posters,” Johansson said.  “But I don’t know the nuances of her performance, or her take on it.  I never felt the pressure of that.  I understand, of course, that the role is a classic, and it’s iconic in so many people’s minds, and so whatever my take is on it is certainly my take on it. 

“For better or worse, people have their own ideas of the character based on previous performances.  But I never had to be burdened by that, which I think worked in my favor.”

Despite the possible pressures of doing this specific play and working on Broadway, Johansson is still enjoying her time onstage.  Although she’ll be back onscreen soon with The Avengers 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, she’s taking pleasure in connecting with an audience in this production.

“It’s exciting every night to sort of explode into that room, with the delicious banter that transpires before we get to the moment when the audience goes, ‘Wait—something’s not quite right here.  This isn’t just a housewife going on and on about her relatives,’” Johansson said.  “It’s fun to familiarize myself with the audience in the first 10 minutes, to see how everybody is feeling, before Maggie has the encounter with Brick where she says, ‘My blood is frozen from that look you just gave me.’”

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Latest Videos

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/sir-ben-kingsley-talks-about-the.jpg
Sir Ben Kingsley Talks about the Unique Way He Voiced His Character in the Animated Film, ‘The Boxtrolls’ (video)
I could listen to Sir Ben Kingsley talk about acting and.. well, I could listen to him talk about anything. He’s starring in the new Laika stop-motion animated film, The Boxtrolls, and he and some of the cast (along with the director) joined in on a Comic-Con panel about the film. The Boxtrolls is about [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/bill-hader.jpg
Bill Hader: “I kind of fell into acting” (video)
Bill Hader, starring in the soon to be released The Skeleton Twins, talks about the film and how he fell into acting and then got “crazy lucky” in this quick video from USA Today.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/director-john-carney-narrates-a.jpg
Director John Carney Narrates a Scene from ‘Begin Again’ Starring Kiera Knightley and Mark Ruffalo
Director John Carney (Once) narrates a scene from his new film, Begin Again. Starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, the scene shows the first time the two characters meet. I haven’t seen it yet but I’ve heard it’s great.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/holler-if-you-hear-me-gma.jpg
Watch the Cast of Broadway’s ‘Holler If You Hear Me’ Perform ‘California Love’ on GMA
The cast of Broadway’s newest musical, Holler If You Hear Me with music from Tupac Shakur, performed on Good Morning America this morning. Singing ‘California Love’, the cast (including the teriffic Christopher Jackson – read our interview here), show why they’re the most energetic and inspiring group of actors on Broadway. Holler If Ya Hear [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/behind-the-scenes-of-dawn-of-the.jpg
Behind the Scenes of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ with Performance Capture Actor Terry Notary
Actor Terry Notary is 1 of 5 actors playing the apes in the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. “When you see armies of apes,” he says, that’s “five of us.” Check out the video where you can watch his performance capture work.