Johansson shown at the premiere of Girl with a Pearl Earring at Toronto International Film Festival in 2003.She had bleached her eyebrows to better resemble the subject of Johannes Vermeer's painting.She also released two albums: Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008) and Break Up (2009), both of which charted on the Billboard 200.

On Johansson's maturity, Redford described her as "13 going on 30".

Johansson later appeared in My Brother the Pig (1999) and in the neo-noir, Coen brothers film The Man Who Wasn't There (2001).

She was nominated for Golden Globe Awards for these films, and for playing an estranged teenager in the drama A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004), and a seductress in the psychological thriller Match Point (2005).

Other films during this period include the mystery thriller The Prestige (2006) and the comedy-drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).

Interested in a career in the spotlight from an early age, Johansson often put on song-and-dance routines for her family.

She was particularly fond of musical theater, describing herself as "one of those jazz-hands kids".

Her breakthrough came playing a cynical outcast in Terry Zwigoff's black comedy Ghost World (2001), an adaptation of Daniel Clowes' graphic novel of same name.

With David Arquette, Johansson appeared in the horror comedy Eight Legged Freaks (2002), which tells the story of a collection of spiders that are exposed to toxic waste, causing them to grow to gigantic proportions and begin killing and harvesting.

If anything, I look back and think, 'Wow, I did a lot of things that a lot of people don't get to do in their lifetime'.