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10 Things I Learned by Listening to Scarlett Johansson

Ten empowering lessons to remember, and one serious #GirlCrush.


If you’re anything like me, you have a big girl-crush on Scarlett Johansson. It’s hard not to — not only is she drop-dead gorgeous, but this classic-glam beauty has truly delivered some of the best and most diverse performances in all of Hollywood.

10 Things I Learned by Listening to Scarlett Johansson

Whether she was slaying the Amazon as she played Kaa (the snake) in The Jungle Book, or was kicking some major arse in Captain America as Black Widow, or using her superhuman brain power in Lucy, Scarlett is not only one of the great actresses of our time, but of all time.

But what you may not know about this young and sassy vixen is that she also recently gave a solo audiobook performance of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” playing not only Alice, but every character from the famed tale. That’s right, every character.

10 Things I Learned by Listening to Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett puts her unusually delicious voiceover abilities to work in a way that brings wonder, humor and charm to the role of the curious and mischievous Alice, sounding like a tween who has just discovered the meaning of life. She delivers a truly divine and creepy performance of the twisted Mad Hatter, and sounds equally as terrifying as the Queen of Hearts.

As you listen to and indulge in her performance on Audible –and you simply must, it is too entertaining and fun to pass up– you’ll fall back in love with the story you read as a child and feel like you’re walking right alongside Scarlett in her unforgettable adventure. You’ll discover that you’re not just listening to an audiobook; you’ll find that you’re really listening to a movie being sung to your imagination.

Since listening to it on Audible, Alice in Wonderland has become one of my favorite stories.

Here are 10 things I learned from this #girlpower story:

  1. Don’t be afraid to “take a moment.” Magical things will happen if you wait to make a decision.
  2. Don’t be afraid to dream. Dreams take you on colorful adventures that reality can rarely provide.
  3. Mad people are often the most successful. Creativity sprouts from madness, and let’s admit it — we’re all a little bit mad. So embrace your madness and shine!
  4. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Stand out, it’s always going to work in your favor.
  5. Flaunt your inner warrior. The battles you win are never insignificant. Every obstacle that you overcome is an evidence of how brave and strong you are.
  6. Embrace your capabilities, or as The Mad Hatter would say, your “muchness.” We’re all unique and we’re all capable of making this world much more beautiful in our own special ways.
  7. Make your own path. Be ferocious. Lead your dream, lead your world. Alice had been constantly told what to do; or as she said it, “From the minute I’ve jumped into the rabbit hole I had been told what to do, where to go, who to be. I have been accused of being Alice and of not being Alice.” So she finally decided to take things in her own hands and ended up saving Wonderland. Which bring me to…
  8. “You cannot live your life to please others,” as told by the White Queen. You have to realize that you will never be enough for everyone, but you have to be enough for yourself.
  9. It’s impossible only if you believe it. Everything you think is impossible, is only impossible because you think that it is. If you believe in yourself and if you believe that everything is possible, you’ll be able to reach the greatest of heights.
  10. You can slay anything! As cheesy as it sounds, if you believe in yourself, you can do anything.

After I indulged in Scarlett’s Emmy-worthy performance in an audio-binge marathon, I began to search around for other audio books that could capture my ADD-like attention span. And I was not disappointed. I used the 1 month free trial that Audible is offering right now and became obsessed with what I found.

I discovered that my secret celebrity crush, Jake Gyllenhaal (don’t tell my hubby), narrated one of my fav books ever, “The Great Gatsby,” about the rich and mysterious Gatsby who throws wild 1920s parties at his gothic mansion every week. I discovered that Kate Winslet narrated “Matilda,” one of the best books from my childhood about a young and gifted girl being terrorized by her evil principal. And I even discovered that Jesse Eisenberg has an audiobook, “Bream Gives Me Hiccups,” about social misfits and outcasts. I only wish I’d found out about all of this fun sooner!

Needless to say, I’ve been pretty hooked on getting lost in my new audiobook fantasies in my spare time and on-the-go. I encourage you to, too: Scarlett’s Mad Hatter is waiting for you. Nab your free trial today!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.

A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 27 Comments

  1. Sasha Smith

    NIce phrase, you cant live your life pleasing others. You can’t do it. You can try but you will never succeed. Some people simply can’t be pleased no matter what you do.
    They won’t be pleased because they either just don’t like you or they just don’t like your work. They may not even have a specific reason they can pinpoint. Most people aren’t very logical.

  2. Arthur Mence

    That is so exciting. I love Scarlett Johansson, I find her voice soft and catchy. I would love to listen to that audio book, thank you for the free trial!

  3. Delit L'Angelier

    I love Scarlett ! 🙂 She is a truly unique actress. I’m not accustomed to the audiobooks, but I’ll give this one a try. You described it so beautifully. I’m so glad that I have the chance to listen to it for free. Perhaps I’ll even land up listening to other audiobooks out there. 🙂

  4. Some friends call me “traditional” because I’m not into audiobooks or ebooks. Yes, I’m one of the few who still holds books or newspapers and read up until the last page. I think I need more convincing. But if I decide to try Audible, I’d like to check out The Great Gatsby.

    • Jannie Zoot

      In my opinion, audio books are great because they allow you to do something else while “reading”. I mean, if you’re cooking, or in the bath, or drawing, anything, you can still listen to your favorite book!

  5. Pasty Clin

    Scarlett is absolutely stunning: beauty, intelligence and class.
    I highly prefer audio books because it allows me to “read” while cycling, at the gym, driving, or even falling asleep with Audible’s great sleep mode feature.

  6. Monika Smith

    Audiobooks are a great quiet-time activity. We love to get out the coloring books/markers/paint and just sit and doodle/create while we listen to something on audio. It’s something I look forward to!

  7. I’m glad to find this article on a time I was about to retire to bed (I have time to sign up)! Thanks so much! I’ve just registered and I’m so excited! So many choices, don’t know what I’m going to start. I think I’ll start with Matilda.

    BTW, if I decided to subscribe (after my trial), do I keep the book forever? Sorry don’t have time to go through FAQ. Thanks for answering!

  8. I have a 5-year-old daughter and she listens to audiobooks (well, I encourage her to do so because I’m not good at characterization). Audible’s Alice in Wonderland is an exceptional audiobook. My daughter loved it not only because she loves Scarlett as Black Widow (Captain America and Avengers movies) but because of her distinct characterizations of White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and Alice, of course. She can’t believe when I told her they were all Scarlett. She was very surprised and I loved that spark in her eyes 🙂 ♥

  9. Clarissa Milan

    One of my small luxuries in life is being read to until I fall asleep. Yeah, my mother used to do it until I was 8. I have a thing for audiobooks because every time I listen to them, deep memories of slipping under my mommy’s arm unfold.

    Haven’t tried Audible yet but I’ve followed your link, and taking a look at the services, I think Audible’s worth a try. Thanks!

  10. Audiobooks are important materials for a teacher and I’ve tried a number of companies to compare which has better services, collection and subscription fees. I’d try 6 companies and Audible is the best! I’ve been a member for 3 years, what I love about Audible is that the older my membership gets, the cheaper subscription fee I get. Yeah, I didn’t find it anywhere else. I will remain a subscriber as long as they offer / provide services!

    Such an informative article, I’ve read about Alice in Wonderland’s Audible release but haven’t downloaded yet. Now that I’ve read your personal comments and learning, I think it’s worth including in my lesson plan for this school year.

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