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Scarlett more than a bombshell
Scarlett Johansson. Picture: Getty Images

Scarlett Johansson thinks she was "super-sexualised" when she began her acting career.

The 'Hitchcock' actress thinks she was unfairly marked out as a blonde "bombshell" just because she was prepared to show off her voluptuous figure, but she insists she is a far more complex person than her sexy persona suggests.

"I think any woman who is curvy and wears a gown to an event is, like super-sexualised. At the time I was only 18, 19. I was young. I've always been curvy. It runs in the family. Throw on an evening frock and all of a sudden it's like 'bombshell!'."

Scarlett - now 28 - added the attention came at a particularly difficult time for her, as she was stuck between playing childish and grown up roles.

Speaking to the February issue of ELLE magazine, she said it was frustrating because "you get pigeon-holed".

"It was really hard for me to know what to do, which direction to go. I was too young to play a wife or a mother, but I wasn't a teenager, so I was stuck in this ingénue period for a while and I was over sexualised by the media. It was a strange period."