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Scarlett Johansson on Her Advice to Young Girls: ‘Take Risks and Don’t Be Afraid to Fail’

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Scarlett Johansson has learned and accomplished a lot in her two-decade-long career in the entertainment industry.

The actress, 31, told reporters about her past experiences and her advice for young girls at Variety‘s Power of Women Luncheon on Friday afternoon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Johansson is featured in the magazine’s latest Power of Women issue for her charitable efforts with Planned Parenthood.

I think turning 30, having a child [Rose, 2] and coming into my own in the kind of creative space has been really transformative for me in a lot of ways,” she said of how she’s grown as a person over the years. “I think just learning to be more accepting of myself and be less harsh, less critical.”

Johansson talked about the “pressure on women to be a specific way” in various spaces.” And for young women, she hopes to lead by example.

I think I would say take risks,” she said, when asked about her advice for girls today. “Take risks and don’t be afraid to fail because the upside of that is just so rewarding … I’ve really built a career on taking risks and sometimes it doesn’t pan out but like I said, the upside has been hugely rewarding.”

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Johansson, who is set to lead the star-studded cast of the upcoming film, Rock That Body, also talked about getting behind the camera as a producer.

“I think for me it’s been, it’s kind of a natural progression,” she said. “I’ve been working as an actor for over 20 years and I think I find at this stage in my career I often am probably one of the more experienced people in any given production that I’m working on. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but it just comes with working for such a long time.”