Johansson first encountered the novel's Holden Caulfield as a preteen.
"There was a searching quality about him that affected me," she says. "You know: someone who wants acceptance from his peers but also pushes them away." Rereading Salinger's era-defining debut as an adult, Johansson noticed the "simplicity of his writing. Now I'm better able to appreciate the purity of his words."
— As told to Karen Holt
Printed from Oprah.com on Saturday, December 7, 2013