A star for Scarlett
By Mario Anzuoni
I was assigned to cover the unveiling ceremony of a star on the Walk of Fame for actress Scarlett Johansson. The Walk of Fame, which stretches for more than a mile, has become one of the backbones for Hollywood tourism. Hundreds of brass stars are embedded on the Hollywood Blvd sidewalks to celebrate people who distinguished themselves in the world of entertainment.
The unveiling generally offers a good photo opportunity, in this case, besides a high caliber name like Johansson, the location was in the epicenter of Hollywood, a few steps from the Chinese theater and right in front of Madame Tussauds wax museum. With that in mind I decided to step up my traditional front and center coverage and set up a remote camera from the side since I wanted to immortalize Scarlett in the full Hollywood atmosphere.
I arrived early to scout the area, fans and tourists were already gathering, which helped me frame the photo I had in mind. Scarlett arrived and by then hundreds of onlookers had gathered. She was very gracious in greeting the guests and signing autographs for fans, and after a short but heartfelt speech she unveiled her star. Her expression and excitement was almost child-like, and she proudly was the first one to step on her own star.