Q&A: Scarlett Johansson

(CBS News) Scarlett Johansson built a loyal following with roles in movies like 2003's "Lost in Translation," where she starred opposite Bill Murray. The question now is whether all those movie fans will follow her to the Broadway theater. That's where Anthony Mason caught up with her for some Questions and Answers:


Beating up bad guys last summer as the Black Widow was part of a career transition for one of Hollywood's greatest sex symbols. The next step will take Scarlett Johansson from the sound stage to the Broadway stage:

"Sometimes you wander around the theater to think?" Mason asked.

"Well, I like to be on the stage when there's nobody out there," she replied.

For the next two-and-a-half months she'll be at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. "It's a beautiful theater," Johansson said. "You know, I don't really spend a lot of time in the house. I like to be up there."

Scarlett Johansson stars a Maggie in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
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The 28-year-old actress is taking on one of theatre's classic roles: Maggie in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

"Even after I was committed to doing it, it weighed on me like a ball and chain," Johansson said. She said what attracted her to the part was "that it was terrifyingly challenging, and I didn't know how to do it."

But eager to move beyond the ingenue roles that made her a movie star, Johansson has taken on the part of an ambitious Southern belle trying to hold onto her decaying marriage.

"It is intense. But it's liberating."

Johansson reportedly is earning $40,000 a week plus a percentage of the box office - which means the show needs to sell a lot of tickets.

Johansson read the sign in the lobby: "This performance is sold out. But unfortunately, it's facing us."

"What's it say on the other side?" Mason asked.

"Yeah, it's like free tickets."

Even in previews, her name on the marquee has made "Cat" one of the hottest tickets on Broadway.

"Your fame means that your name has been reduced to acronym that everybody uses."

"That's terrible," she laughed. "It's so terrible. I hate that name. It's so crazy."

"Does anybody call you ScarJo at home?" Mason asked.

"No! No. Hopefully it's gonna go away sometime."

This is not Johansson's first appearance on Broadway. In 2010 she won a Tony Award for her performance in Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge."

"I read that after that play you said to yourself, 'I'm not going to do another play,'" Mason said.

"I think it's kind of what I imagine it must be like to give childbirth, and you sort of forget all the pain," she laughed. "You just remember this beautiful prize you hold."

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