Scarlett Johansson has advised aspiring actors that the most useful quality is courage.
The actress, who is currently starring in Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought A Zoo, drew on her own experience when counselling hopefuls in the film industry.
She told Stylist: “When I was a child, I auditioned fearlessly and had a lot of courage, and the fact that I am here today is probably testament to my 20 years of courage back then. I think in the film industry, you have to have that courage.
“Actors are asked to do things that are out of their comfort zone all the time, whether that’s hanging on to the side of a building or crawling through the woods, or revealing yourself emotionally. You find yourself thinking, ‘What am I doing? This is crazy! Oh, the camera is rolling? Oh god, I’m just going to have to wing it’.”
Johannson, who has just been cast as Janet Leigh in a film about the making of Psycho, also said that she has learned to be philosophical about setbacks: “It’s only human that sometimes some things will get to you. But most of the time I think things happen for a good reason. I know that probably sounds idealistic, but it’s so true.
“The projects that I have wanted to work on and haven’t got, or when something hasn’t gone right for me, those times have forced me to use my brain in a different kind of way, and to approach things differently. It’s good to have that challenge; it makes you a better actor and a stronger person.”
You can watch the trailer for We Bought A Zoo below.