NEW YORK, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Scarlett Johansson and Topher Grace make
the perfect couple -- that is, in their latest movie -- In Good Company.
Johansson and Grace are two actors of their generation who are setting a new
standard -- one committed to acting excellence and NOT the pursuit of fame.
Johansson and Grace sat down with Lauren Waterman to talk about their careers
and their film In Good Company.
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Grace has been on That 70's Show for seven years and is quietly emerging
as the show's most likely-to-succeed actor. In his latest movie In Good
Company Grace cements his status as a new leading man. But, who is he and why
don't we know who he's dating? Grace likes to leave the tabloid headlines to
his TV co-stars, "Not being in the tabloids is a kind of trick. Like a weird
game of hide and go seek." He admits to being a homebody, a "board-game dude"
who has a weekly Monopoly night. "I never talk about my personal life," he
says, "because I don't want people to know what I'm all about; I want them to
bring their own ideas to what they're watching. That's what being an actor
is," he insists. About his careful career choices Grace acknowledges, "When
you're on TV you only get one chance to make that move [to film]. I'm as proud
of the eight bad movies I passed on as I am of Traffic, the first film I
actually did." "A lot of people want to become famous as fast as they can," he
notes. "But, I'd rather take my time."
When talking about Johansson, Grace says with admiration, "Scarlett's
style is sort of to do the opposite of what other actresses her age might do.
She has a commitment to being very real." It's true. But, Johansson is just as
committed to being real -- as she is to her job as an actress. She has been
working a break-neck schedule working on back-to-back films and dismisses it
dryly with, "It's not like I have kids." The hard working attitude of this New
York native might be because she has been working to get to this point since
she was a kid. "I was one of those singing and dancing Broadway kids. I wanted
to be Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis, or Rosalind Russell in Auntie
Mame," she remembers.
Even in adolescence Johansson possessed the smoky voice, the talent, and
the preternatural sophistication that allowed her to ably embody, at 18, an
alienated wife in Lost in Translation. Though she insists that she "has always
taken rejection really well" it doesn't look like it is something she will
need to get used to. In addition to In Good Company, she's also in the current
A Love Song for Bobby Long -- she calls the offbeat indie, in which she acts
opposite John Travolta, "a dream come true." And her list of upcoming projects
is as long as it is varied: period drama, sci-fi mystery, Mission Impossible
3, and a Woody Allen film. Johansson adds, "I'd also love to make a really
scary horror movie, and I want to direct, really, as soon as possible."
The February issue of Teen Vogue is on sale in New York and Los Angeles on
January 5th and nationwide on January 11th.
SOURCE Teen Vogue