What Scarlett Johansson Would Change About Her Uncomfortable ‘Avengers’ Catsuit

Nick Paschal
Supervising Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Scarlett Johansson was on Inside the Actors Studio with James Lipton, where the Avengers star discussed the superhuman task of wearing her Black Widow costume. When James asked Scarlett why she had a “freak-out moment” the first time she saw the Black Widow catsuit, she replied, “What do you mean, ‘Why?’ Look at that thing!” Scarlett then added, “I mean, who wants to get into something like that?”

The Avengers, Scarlett Johansson, 2012. (©Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Scarlett the Costume Designer

Scarlett shared her reaction to the costume, and a change she would like to make to it. She said, “You just think, ‘Oh, God. Really? Couldn’t it have, like, I don’t know, some sort of a little, like, peplum skirt or something like that?'”

While Scarlett would look good in just about any costume, her “freak-out moment” was about more than just a skin-tight catsuit. She said, “It also was everything it represented. I mean, the character was so beloved. Obviously, she’s kind of the first Marvel superheroine. You know, she’s an iconic character, and I didn’t know how people were gonna take — the fact that I — the part had been recast. You know, maybe they’d already accepted the other actor as that part, or you know, what the hell was I doing in this kind of franchise? So it was daunting.”

Although, the most daunting part for ScarJo was getting a gym membership. She said, “I had never been to the gym once. Ever. It was just unbelievable. And I had to transform myself in, like, a period of five weeks. So just everything changed. It hurt. The recovery was like — I just think I was sore for about five months.”

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