Scarlett Johansson

12/12/2003 at 10:00 AM EST

She first grabbed the spotlight as an affected hipster teen in Ghost World, but actress Scarlett Johansson is now grappling with a whole new world: That of awards shows, Oscar buzz and It girl status. Johansson, 19, has turned heads this year both for her role opposite Bill Murray in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation and for her titular role in the new film Girl with a Pearl Earring, playing a servant who becomes the artistic inspiration for 17th-century painter Vermeer.

Johansson recently talked about awards shows, shooting in Europe and being an "old soul."

So, what do you make of the Oscar talk surrounding your work this year?
Um, yeah, it is kind of strange. It's kind of fun. It would be so unreal, that whole thing, that I don't really think about it. It would be incredible to be recognized – it always is when you work hard at something. People buy movie tickets for something you've done. That's a reward right there.

Do you think about what you'll be doing on Oscar night?
Recently, somebody said to me, "Oh that dress looks amazing on you! You should definitely wear it to the awards this year!" And I was like, "What? I plan on eating Chinese food with my dad and watching on TV." Looking and pointing, like, "Look at what she's wearing." I just couldn't even respond, you know? I've never been to the Oscars. Because you can't just go. You have to be invited.

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