Scarlett Johansson wants to sue ChatGPT for using a voice “similar” to hers

The famous American actress confessed to being "shocked" and "angry" about the unauthorized use made by OpenAI for making its conversational system have a voice "surprisingly similar" to hers. All the details in the article.

According to a recent press release disseminated by Deadline, renowned actress Scarlett Johansson rejected in September 2023 a proposal from the company to lend her voice to this system. However, OpenAI continued to use a recording that mimicked her tone.

Johansson explained that her decision not to participate was due to “personal reasons” and noted that her lawyers had contacted the company to demand the removal of that voice from the platform.


The controversy arose when OpenAI introduced the new voice, named Sky, in a demonstration of its GPT-4o chatbot, Variety confirmed.Sky’s voice was compared to that of the artificial intelligence character Johansson played in the movie“Her” of 2013, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Spike Jonze.

Johansson confirmed that in September 2023 she was contacted by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, who offered her to participate in the project. “When I heard the demo released, I was shocked, angry and incredulous that Mr. Altman will continue with a voice so similar to mine that neither my closest friends nor the media could tell the difference,” commented the actress.


The film takes us to a near future where Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) lives, a lonely man who works as a writer and is going through the final stages of a painful divorce. Theodore’s life is rather monotonous; when he’s not working, he spends his time playing video games and occasionally hanging out with his friends. However, everything changes when he decides to purchase a new operating system for his phone and computer, called “Samantha” (voice of Scarlett Johansson).

Samantha is an advanced model of artificial intelligence and from the very first moment she captivates Theodore: her voice is attractive and pleasant, she knows how to listen, she gives good advice and her goal is to satisfy her owner’s desires.

Over time, Theodore and Samantha spend more and more time together, and what Theodore could not foresee is that the two would end up falling in love. However, Samantha is not a person, but an operating system, which causes Theodore a strange mixture of happiness and confusion.


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The actress used the occasion to call for legislation to protect the image and voice of individuals against unauthorized use. “At a time when we are dealing with deep fakes and the protection of our own image, work and identity, I think these are questions that deserve absolute clarity,” the statement reads.

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