At age nine, Johansson made her film debut as John Ritter's daughter in the fantasy comedy North (1994)."Unfortunately, because it's adults writing these scripts, it's tough [for young actors to find realistic roles].The problem is adults portray kids like mall rats and not seriously ...Born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, she aspired to be an actress from a young age, and first appeared on stage in an Off Broadway play as a child.She made her film debut in the fantasy comedy North (1994) and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Manny & Lo (1996).
I wanted to be in musicals as a kid, and took tap dance, so for me it's a dream come true, my childhood was filled with things that I loved to do, and also very normal things: I lived in New York, I have a family life and went to a regular school.
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'.
At age seven, she was devastated when a talent agent signed one of her brothers instead of her.
Determined, she decided to become an actress anyway.
She enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and began auditioning for commercials, but soon lost interest: "I didn't want to promote Wonder Bread." Around this time, she began studying at Professional Children's School (PCS), a private educational institution for aspiring child actors in Manhattan.