Scarlett Johansson is ‘terrifying’ peaking from behind a plastic shower curtain, nearly unrecognisable, for the cover of V Magazine’s #V80 Winter 2012 “Girl Power” Issue as photographed by Jean-Paul Goude recreating the iconic ‘shower scene’ from Hitchcock’s Psycho, where Scarlett embodies Janet Leigh’s legendary legacy in the upcoming remake titled “Hitchcock.”
The Girl Power issue is inspired by some strong-willed women deserving commemoration in this modest space of a year with bailouts, elections, upturns and downturns, fallen superstars and financial strain, such as Aung San Suu Kyi, Pussy Riot, and Malala Yousufzai shares V Magazine.
On shooting the iconic shower scene: “We only had the luxury to shoot the scene for a day, and everybody was feeling very nervous because it involved water and nobody wants the actor to get wet. They were concerned with modesty and all these things—but I don’t care about any of that stuff and Janet Leigh never did either. You have got to be brave, get into the shower, and face Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock jabbing you in the face with a 12-inch kitchen knife, you know.”
On her sex appeal: “I think all little girls are aware of their sex appeal, I think probably more so when they’re pubescent. I mean I remember being an extremely flirtatious little girl. I liked boys. I think I was also inspired by certain films I watched when I was a girl. I loved Judy Garland and I loved these Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals and I had this idea of romance—the dream girl getting the dream guy—and all that stuff.”
On living in Paris: “I’m living and vacationing here all at once. Then I go back to New York to start preparation for a play in the fall. But I’m convinced it will be the death of me. So I’m going to spend a couple of months mourning the loss of my existence.”
You can read more of what’s to come in the new issue at V Magazine’s website.
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