Scarlett Johansson turns 29 years old on this Day of Our Lord, November 22, 2013–and we’re not too worried about the sexy actress remaining a total sex bomb into her thirties. Unlike her fellow actress Jena Malone (who just turned 29 yesterday), Scarlett has pretty much been a sex symbol for all of her adult career. That was when she made an impressive leap from imperiled ingenue in the horror movie Eight Legged Freaks to young adult in 2003’s acclaimed Lost In Translation.
That’s a full decade of Scarlett Johansson being a respected movie star. Yeah, we know that we kind of get hung up on Scarlett’s awesome ass and other amazing curves, but you’re also looking at great performances in productions like A Love Song for Bobby Long and The Other Boleyn Girl. Woody Allen was also fond of using her in films. People forget that joining the cast of Iron Man 2 as the Black Widow pretty much saved Scarlett from mostly being an indie actress.
Most of Scarlett’s mainstream work before that was as a model. This whole superhero thing has worked out really well, though. She gets to pick up big paychecks while still making cool films. Scarlett got great reviews as ’60s sex bomb Janet Leigh in last year’s Hitchcock, and she just did great work with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Don Jon. Now we have Scarlett getting Oscar buzz as a serious Best Actress contender for Spike Jonze’s Her, where the audience only hears her voice.
But we’re mostly still excited about the UK horror movie Under Her Skin, where Scarlett plays an alien who gets naked and kills horny guys. That one will probably premiere at our local Redbox. Nice to see that Scarlett is still taking risks, though. If you’re looking for a sure thing, here’s 40 amazing GIFs of Scarlett at her emotive best. It sure has us celebrating Scarlett’s birthday–and if you need more Avenging action, you can move on to pics of Cobie Smulders…