Scarlett Johansson is one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood and throughout the world. She is known to play multiple notable roles throughout her impressive career, ranging from Black Widow in Marvel’s Avengers to Motoko Kusanagi in 2017’s Ghost In The Shell. One such role was Samantha in Spike Jonze’s film HER, which also starred Joaquin Phoenix. And it appears that the steamy org*sm scene there caused her co-star to flee.
Scarlett Johansson described the process of filming the verbal s*x scene in “Her” as “gross” on a recent episode of the “Armchair Expert” podcast.
Why did Joaquin Phoenix flee the set?
Phoenix played a man who falls in love with his phone’s operating system, a Siri-like female voice named Samantha, played by Scarlett Johansson in the Spike Jonze-directed drama. According to, the two have a s*xual relationship via phone s*x, which required Johansson to record herself pretending to orgasm.
“We tried to do one take, and he was like, losing it,” Scarlett Johansson explained.
“He walked out of the studio. He needed some time off.”
Johansson continued, “You never want to hear your voice again. You certainly don’t want to hear yourself having an orgasm. You don’t want to hear yourself pretending to have an orgasm — ew. It’s revolting. It was so strange.”
Even though Joaquin Phoenix was shaken by her fake orgasms, we’re not sure if the same effect was felt by the audience. Scarlett Johansson is currently working on “Asteroid City,” a Wes Anderson project. During the same ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast interview, Johansson spoke out about being hypersexualized during the early days of her career. She said being objectified became so standard that she thought her career would end.
“I think everybody thought I was older and that I’d been [acting] for a long time, I got kind of pigeonholed into this weird hypersexualized thing,” Johansson continued.
An Overview of the movie ‘Her’
Samantha Morton was originally cast as Samantha in ‘Her,’ and the film was shot with her reciting the phone conversation. In post-production, Johansson took over for Morton, re-recording all of the dialogue and filming additional scenes with Phoenix. ‘Her,’ which was released to critical acclaim in December 2013, earned Spike Jonze an Oscar for best original screenplay. The film was nominated for best picture as well.
The movie is based on a sensitive and sensitive man which makes a living by writing personal letters for others. After his marriage ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes obsessed with a new operating system, which he claims develops into an intuitive and distinct entity in its own right. He begins watching the show and meets “Samantha” (Scarlett Johansson), whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality. Though they begin as “friends,” the relationship quickly develops into love.