While I know I'm a woman of strong will & stronger opinions (neither of which are meant to be complimentary to myself, trust me) I'd also like to think that I'm definitely one to change those opinions if I'm faced with compelling evidence. The case of Megan Fox is one such. Now I have always thought she was hot, yes, but just never considered her to be anything special or different. She's hot, but I always thought she was, I don't know...generically hot. Nothing about her stood out to me. I thought she didn't have any character. All her antics off screen and her tats didn't mean much either, because, let's face it, most hot chicks in the LA area have tattoos, and most chicks PERIOD run their mouths. Myself included. After all, this whole blog is about me running my mouth, right?
Anyway. So I've changed my opinion on Megan Fox. She's got character, all right. She's got spunk. She speaks her mind. And I love it. Because of manz random, completely unasked for Entertainment Weekly subscription, I was able to read their interview with her a few weeks back. I've decided to put in snippets of her interview with my own commentary here.
EW: What percentage of your (acting) range have people seen so far?
Fox: Seven percent. On the new one (Transformers 2) I tried. But unless you're a seasoned veteran, working with Michael By is not about an acting experience.
Considering that this was her second question in, I died. I think anyone who knows me, knows that I hate Michael Bay and his terrible movies with a burning passion, so safe to say that this comment was halfway to winning me over.
EW: You don't sound convinced that this is the greatest movie on earth.
Fox: It's not trying to be the greatest movie on earth. It's going to be the best action movie of the summer. Hands down, it will win that. But it's not trying to be a Golden Globe nominated film. It's a badass popcorn summer movie.
EW: You up for a third Transformers?
Fox: Sure. I mean, I can't shit on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don't want to blow smoke up people's ass. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting. And once you realize that, it becomes almost fun because you can be in the moment and go, "All right, I know that when he calls ACTION! I'm either going to be running, or screaming, or both."
I like her real attitude about the movie and that she knows Transformers made her star, but she's gonna be a PR machine and just repeat all the same tired shit everyone else does. She also is REALLY trying to make sure people know that she's aware this movie isn't good. And I respect that.
EW: Why are people so obsessed with you and hiring you for movies?
Fox: I can't figure that out. I mean, Transformers made 700 million and that opened a door to introduce this "new girl", and I happened to be such an outrageous personality that people wanted to start writing about me because it was deemed controversial. I think if I had been a typical Hollywood actress and I said all the right things and I had been a publicity android, it wouldn't have escalated to this level.
EW: Is all the attention mysterious?
Fox: Yes. I don't feel like I had to climb a ladder, so it doesn't feel like I've earned it.
Again, she seems to be fairly self aware. She knows that because she runs her mouth and is an "outrageous personality" that's the main reason she's gotten so much publicity. Again, I respect that. She seems to already grasp how the game works.
EW: You've only done a couple of movies, so you're still mostly known as a sex symbol rather than an actress.
Fox: It doesn't bother me. I don't know why someone would complain about that. That just means the bar has been set pretty low. People don't expect me to do anything that's worth watching. So I can only be an overachiever. I think all women in Hollywood are known as sex symbols. That's what our purpose is in this business. You're merchandised, you're a product. You're sold and it's based on sex. But that's okay. I think women should be empowered by that, not degraded.
Her entire outlook is SO refreshing, mainly because I feel the way she does and I've never met any women that aren't pornstars who feel this way. It's realistic. She understands how shit works in Hollywood. This is just how it is in Hollywood, in advertising, in porn. Its the way our society works. Women are always sex symbols, or they're wives and mothers, and even then they can still be sexually objectified. Why not take control of that? It's a similar concept to the gay community taking back the word queer, I think.
EW: Do you think you're good looking?
Fox: Well, I'm clearly not ugly.
EW: And you've got a lot of self confidence.
Fox: I think people are extremely insecure. As far as girls go, I have a really badass personality. I'm smart and I can be really funny and interesting and I can go toe to toe with anybody in a conversation. So I'm not afraid to speak and I think that's what people read as this uberconfidence. I have a mouth and I'm not afraid to use it.
I think people think she's confident also because of the fact that she's not afraid of what people say or think. She doesn't seem to be very much affected by that at all. I also like the fact that she knows what she has and doesn't have. Its a very sexy quality. Its one of the reasons I love Gianna so much, and why she just oozes sexuality. It's not just confidence, its awareness. It's both scary and sexy at the same time.
EW: There have been a lot of comparisons between you and Angelina Jolie.
Fox: I think it's a lack of creativity on the media's part. Because I have tattoos and dark hair, and I was in an action movie? That's as far as the similarities extend. I'm not the next anyone. (I would have said, I'm the first ME.)
EW: You've said you're afraid of her.
Fox: I was joking! She always seems so otherworldly in her power and her confidence. I'm sure she has no idea who I am. But if I were her, I'd be like, "Who the fuck is this little bullshit brat who was in Transformers that's going to be the next me?" I don't want to meet her; I'd be embarrassed.
I LOVE the fact that she doesn't take herself so seriously. And she doesn't come off as pretentious as most people would if the same questions were asked.
EW: Women seem to have an issue with you. Do you get that impression?
Fox: Sure, for the same reason they didn't like me in high school. I come across as confident and they assume that means I think I'm hot shit. And that makes them feel bad about themselves and so they hate me.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for putting it out there like that, Miss Megan Fox. Because it's FUCKING TRUE. I walk around with a wall of defense up all the time and I analyze people and environments and situations. I've been told this translates to me seeming like a stuck up bitch. I've also been told this is the reason why girls don't like me right off the bat, because I come off as cold and indifferent to them. And the reason why is exactly what she said.
EW: What's the worst case scenario? (For where her career would be at in 5 years)
Fox: Umm, that I'd be on The Hills?
Dear Megan Fox, I'm sorry about all the things I thought about you. You're hot, you seem fairly articulate and like you've got a good head on your shoulders. I love you. Marry me and have my children, biology be damned. (You would, however, need to gain about 10-15 pounds though. Just sayin'.)