Thought to be the top sex symbol of the 21st Century, Megan Fox is a vital part of the show business world. She is a woman with great awareness of her public image, using it for her benefits, yet very troubled by her low self-esteem and mental health issues. She might never show her full potential as an actress, but she might not ever even want to. A mother dedicated to her children, she lets her life and her career take its course.
Megan Fox was born in Oak Ridge in Tennessee. Her parents are Gloria Darlene and Franklin Thomas, who is a parole officer. She also has a sister Kristie, 13 years older than she is. Her ancestry is mostly English but she has some Scottish, German, Irish, French, Welsh and distant Native American blood. When Megan was only three years old, her parents divorced. Later on, her mother remarried which resulted in Megan and her sister being raised by their stepfather Tony. Megan attended Catholic school. Her family raised her very strictly, not allowing her to invite friends to her house or have a boyfriend. Megan moved out of the house as soon as she could support herself.
When Megan was only five years old, she began taking dance and drama lessons at a community center, and was involved in her school’s choir and swim team. When she was 10, the family moved to Florida, where she continued with her classes. At only 13, she got her first modeling job. Although it seems like Megan was very active during her schooling, she doesn’t like to remember that period of her life, as she was often bullied because of her hyperactive personality and the fact that she attracted boys from early on. She says she only had one best friend her whole life and all this made her give up on formal education. ‘I was not an outcast, but I didn’t have a ton of friends.’, she says. ‘I got picked on, and I ate lunch in the bathroom because I was afraid of being picked on in the cafeteria. I’ve always been antisocial and preferred to be at home. I was never, even in my late teens and early twenties, into clubs and parties and stuff like that.’, she adds. Megan admits she doesn’t like to be out of control which is why she never drinks or does any drugs (she says she did try some just to be able to know why she’s rejecting them). But she did have an image of a bad girl, although that’s not who she was. ‘I challenged authority at school a little bit. Now I just speak my mind openly.’, she says and claims she has both ADHD and OCD that started at that age.
As a 15-year-old girl, Megan got banned from Walmart for stealing make-up. At 17, she decided to move to LA and continue her schooling via correspondence. ‘When I moved to LA, I had no money.’, she says about her strong will to become independent. ‘I remember needing to shave my legs and I didn’t even have enough money to buy disposable razors. So I’d wear pants all the time.’ Megan’s first acting project was in 2001 film Holiday in the Sun. Then, other on-screen appearances followed: she had minor roles in What I Like About You and Two and a Half Men, and she was an extra in Bad Boys II. In 2004, she shot Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and the Hope & Faith sitcom where she got a regular role.
Megan got her big breakthrough in 2007, when she won the lead female role of the Transformers blockbuster. This is where she met her co-star and future close friend, Shia LeBeouf. For the role, Megan was nominated for an MTV Movie Award as well as three Teen Choice Awards and the world fell in love with a new sex symbol. In 2008, Megan got ranked number 1 on FHM’s list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World. She says about her role: ‘I’m terrible in it. It’s my first real movie and it’s not honest and not realistic. The movie wasn’t bad, I just wasn’t proud about what I did.’ She agreed to do two more sequels of the film. She shot Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009, but was fired from the Transformers: Dark of the Moon because, as is believed, she talked badly about the film director, Michael Bay, comparing working with him to working with Hitler.
Also in 2009, Megan shot Jennifer’s Body, a film written by Diablo Cody, an Academy Award winning screenwriter. That same year she shot Jonah Hex, which ended up being called the worst picture of the year. Her next project was Passion Play, which went straight to DVD after its poor reception at the Toronto Film Festival. Megan then gave her voice for a 3D documentary, Na Nai’a Legend of the Dolphins and appeared in Eminem and Rihanna’s music video for a hit single ‘Love the Way You Lie’. In 2012, Megan shot Friends With Kids, had a small role in the comedy The Dictator and then appeared in This is 40. She gave the voice to Lois Lane in the film Robot Chicken, DC Comics Special of the TV series Robot Chicken. She then shot a commercial for Brahma beer in Brazil.
In 2013, Megan and Michael Bay made peace in order to shoot another blockbuster, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with Megan in the role of April O’Neil. In 2015, she shot Stormfall: Rise of Balur, a massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game and appeared in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel: Out of the Shadows.
Currently, Megan is replacing Zooey Deschanel in the television show New Girl and is awaiting the release of James Franco’s film Zeroville.
She is now considered to be one of the sexiest actresses or even women alive. Her career, objectively, hasn’t been filled with serious roles and Megan herself admits that the whole Hollywood scene has been a great disappointment to her. Nevertheless, she continues to work, as much as the work pleases her, fully aware of what the audiences think of her. ‘Really, my only job is to look attractive.’, she says. ‘I think one day, I could be a very good actress. But so far, I haven’t done anything’. Her approach to her work has also changed drastically since she became a mother of her first boy: ‘I’m going to be more cautious about choosing films because I’m already thinking about when he’s in school and his friends are going to be showing him my photo shoots with me in a bikini and he’s going to be horrified. So that will deter me from making some of the choices I made before.’, she promises.
Megan is very aware of her public image as a sex bomb and bad girl. She admits she is both but confesses her disappointment in being a celebrity: ‘I’ve learnt that being a celebrity is like being a sacrificial lamb. At some point, no matter how high the pedestal that they put you on, they’re going to tear you down. And I created a character as an offering for the sacrifice. I’m not willing to give my true self up. It’s a testament to my real personality that I would go so far as to make up another personality to give to the world. The reality is, I’m hidden amongst all the insanity. Nobody can find me.’, she says. On the other hand, she says that being typecast as such is not bad since it gives her more of an opportunity to surprise people when she performs well as an actress. ‘I don’t want to have to be like a Scarlett Johansson, I don’t want to have to go on talk shows and pull out every SAT word I’ve ever learnt to prove, like take me seriously, I am intelligent, I can speak. I don’t want to have to do that. I resent having to prove that I’m not a retard, but I do. And part of it is my own fault.’
Megan has been so overexposed in the media for a period of time that, in 2009, AOL’s man blog Asylum proclaimed ‘A Day Without Megan Fox’ on 4th August of that year, with some sites following their boycott and others, like the British Sun, pushing back with a ‘Megan Fox Day’, believing she deserves a day dedicated to her.
One of the biggest controversies with her name involved was her being fired from the third Transformers movie, when she allegedly compared working with the film’s director Michael Bay, like working with Hitler. An unsigned letter from three crew members of the film claimed that Megan was very unpleasant to work with. Michael Bay defended Megan and claimed the decision was made by Spielberg, the film’s producer.
Megan has often been compared to actress Angelina Jolie, a fact that flatters her greatly. She also never confessed to having any plastic surgeries although she might seem like she has had quite a lot done on her face.
Megan is married to Brian Austin Green, an actor known mostly for his role of David Silver in the classic Beverly Hills 90210 series. Brian is twelve years older than she is. The couple met when Megan was 18, on the set of Hope & Faith. They were engaged two years later, married in 2010, and have been in an on-and-off relationship since. Recently, although officially separated, the couple welcomed their third son to the world, named Journey River, proving they were continuing their relationship. Megan is also the stepmother of Brian’s son from his first marriage and always talks fondly of him.
She says she is very maternal, commenting this when her first boy was born: ‘It’s very hard for me to do this stuff because I feel like this isn’t my job anymore. My job is to be with him. All I wanted to do my whole, whole life was have a baby and, now, I’ve finally done it. I just want to give Noah as much of myself as I can. Maybe it’s just because I don’t know any different. I’ve never been validated by work or fame of Hollywood or any of that.’
Megan has also confessed she was bisexual, but told that she was far from being promiscuous, as she has only slept with two men in her entire life and been in platonic love with one woman. She also has a lot of tattoos, and although every single one of them has a special meaning to her, she has recently decided to remove the one of Marilyn Monroe, as she’s realized she is a negative character and she doesn’t want that energy anywhere near her.
Megan’s hobbies are comic books and video games and she loves animals. When it comes to her health, she has a form of brachydactyly called ‘clubbed thumb’. She also says she has obsessive-compulsive disorder and has dealt with her low self-esteem and self-harming. Megan is a Christian and says she often speaks in tongues.
Written by: Tamara Djordjevic