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Million Dollar Quartet
The Wall Street Journal: Normally you play characters who are older than you. Is it a challenge to play a teenager on stage?
Ms. Johansson: It’s really kind of agonizing in some ways to be 17, and I didn’t know if I wanted to go back there. I’m very wary of actors that are in their 20s that are playing teenagers, that play it with this really sort of false adolescence. It’s like a pet peeve of mine. I thought it was going to be an uncomfortable challenge—a challenge, but not a good kind of a challenge—and it turned out that I never thought about it again.
Did you work with a dialect coach?
We did have a dialect coach we’ve been working with. I’m from Manhattan and so it’s not an unfamiliar dialect for me. My mom’s side of the family’s all from New York, and of course they’re Jewish and from different boroughs, so it’s not exactly the same. The Italian Brooklyn accent is sort of particular to the Italians, but it’s similar.