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EXCLUSIVE: Scarlett Johansson Likes What Her 'Ghost in the Shell' Role Can Teach Her Daughter About Risk Taking

by Raphael Chestang 3:51 PM PST, November 07, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Scarlett Johansson Likes What Her 'Ghost in the Shell' Role Can Teach Her Daughter About Risk Taking

ET traveled halfway around the globe to be first on the set of Ghost in the Shell, where star Scarlett Johansson dished on what it means for her 2-year-old daughter, Rose, to see her play such a bold character.

"More than anything I want my daughter to feel comfortable taking risks and know that you can," Johansson told ET's Cameron Mathison on set in Wellington, New Zealand. "That sometimes you fail and, when you win, it's awesome."

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Ghost in the Shell follows the Major (Johansson), a one-of-a-kind human-cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite Section 9 task force. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out advancements in cyber technology.

While Johansson's only child with husband Romain Dauriac might grow to appreciate her mom's work in the future, right now she's not digging her change of hair color.

"She doesn't like it," said Johansson, showing off brunette locks. "It would be weird if the person that is your everything suddenly looks just not the person that is your everything anymore."

After playing Black Widow in The Avengers and her eponymous role in the sci-fi thriller, Lucy, Ghost in the Shell marks Johansson's third major butt-kicking character.

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"I've been so lucky to be able to play such strong characters that have a scope to them," Johansson said. "I've been able to challenge myself physically and also professionally and artistically."

"It's an industry that seems so tumultuous and that careers are kind of fragile," she continued, "but I think, in fact, if you keep working really hard to be as good as you can, you kind of push through different times and can come out hopefully on top."

Johansson comes out on top as a cybercrime fighter in the movie, but filming definitely had its ups and downs. When ET was on the set, the 31-year-old actress was in the middle of blocking one scene that would take four days to complete.

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But all the hard work is paying off for Johansson. According to Box Office Mojo, she is the highest-grossing actress of all time. Her films reportedly have raked in more than $3.3 billion worldwide.

Additionally, thanks to films like Captain America: Civil War and The Jungle Book, Johansson is also in the Top 10 among her male counterparts, which includes Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks and Robert Downey Jr.

Ghost in the Shell, also starring Michael Pitt and Juliette Binoche, hits theaters March 31, 2017.

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