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Scarlett Johansson may be regarded as one of the most beautiful stars in the world, but she's also an actress who continues to surprise us.

Johansson has juggled various genres, from teen comedies like "The Perfect Score," to quirky indies like "Ghost World," to superhero blockbusters like "Iron Man 2." But this weekend we get the Jersey-fied Johansson in "Don Jon." Scarjo plays Barbara, the new girlfriend of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's porn-addicted title character.

We've seen Johansson on screen since she was just a kid, but there are still tons of facts that you probably never knew about the blonde bombshell, such as her rejection from NYU's Tisch school or her near-casting in the upcoming "Gravity." Find out more little-known tidbits about the star below.

1. Even though 1998's "The Horse Whisperer" was Johansson's seventh feature film, she was given an "Introducing" credit in it.

2. She has a twin brother, Hunter Johansson, who is three minutes younger than her. He appeared in her film "Manny & Lo."

3. She applied to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for the fall 2003 semester, but was not accepted. The rejection allowed her to focus on her career, which blew up soon after.

4. Johansson began a music career in 2007 when she recorded an album comprised entirely of Tom Waits covers titled "Anywhere I Lay My Head." The album featured David Bowie and members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

5. Shortly after "Lost in Translation," Johansson said she had a connection to older men and couldn't see herself dating anyone under 30. She was later rumored to be involved with actor Benicio Del Toro, who is 17 years older, but neither confirmed the relationship.

6. She celebrated her 20th birthday at Disneyland (so cool).

7. Johansson auditioned for the lead (or should we say leads) in "The Parent Trap," a role that eventually went to Lindsay Lohan. We're never going to stop wondering how interesting that would've been.

8. Johansson is engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac, who she's been dating since November.

9. In 2010, Johansson won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play after making her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge."

10. Johansson is very politically active, having campaigned for John Kerry in 2004. At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, she spoke on behalf of Obama's reelection

11. Johansson prepared for her role in "Lost in Translation," which takes place in Tokyo, by living on Japan's Hokkaido island with her then-boyfriend Faiz Ahmad.

12. Johansson was considered for the role of Ryan Stone in Alfonso Curon's "Gravity," but Sandra Bullock was cast instead.

13. Johansson's mother, Melanie Sloan, had been her manager since she was nine, but Johansson fired her in 2009. Soon after, Sloan's financial situation took a turn for the worse.

14. Johansson's first uncredited role was in a skit during the first year of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in 1993 when Johannson was 8 years old. She mentioned the skit during an interview with Conan in 2005.

15. She auditioned for the role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," but didn't get the role because she was considered too attractive for it. Rooney Mara was cast instead.

16. Johansson married Ryan Reynolds in a quiet ceremony in Canada on September 27, 2008, but the couple got divorced in 2011.

17. Johansson is a Global Ambassador for the international organization Oxfam, which is dedicated to aiding poverty and injustice.

18. Johansson recorded the single "Before My Time" for the documentary "Chasing Ice," which was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2013 Oscars. Johansson was also asked to perform the song at the show, but couldn't due to her commitments with "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway.

19. She says her only vice is cheese.

20. Johansson was featured in and on the cover of photographer Darren Tieste's coffee table book "The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer," which features photos of celebrities who donated their time to bringing attention to brain cancer.

21. The French synth band The Teenagers wrote a song about Johansson called "Starlett Johansson."

22. In 2007, Johansson starred in Justin Timberlake's music video for "What Goes Around... Comes Around." The video was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.

23. She performed with Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain for a special Coachella Reunion Show in California in April 2007.

24. Italian artist Francesco Clemente included a portrait of Johansson in his deck of 78 custom-painted tarot cards with her portrayed as the Queen of Swords.

25. "The Looney Tunes Show" created a character who resembles Johansson called Starlet Johansson in its June 2011 episode "Casa De Calma."


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