Fox full of mystery
Megan Fox arrives at the red carpet for Friends with Kids at Roy Thomson Hall on September 9, 2011. (Alex Urosevic/QMI AGENCY)
Megan Fox has been called a lot of things since her breakthrough as a piston-hot grease monkey in 2007′s Transformers. But soccer mom?
“It’s very hard for people to wrap their brains around that — that I would do something like that,” she says in a Toronto hotel, referring to her family life with husband Brian Austin Green and 9-year-old stepson, Kassius.
More believable? The reaction Fox receives while cheering on Kassius during Little League games or when she participates in school events and fundraisers.
“All the parents stand around me taking pictures with their phones. It’s a bizarre experience for him, but he loves it because he thinks it makes him popular.
“I think when he gets older he’ll be embarrassed, but for right now, he’s OK. As soon as someone’s like ‘Your stepmom’s hot’ then he’ll be like, ‘Oh, what is this?’ Right now it’s cool because everyone knows who he is in school.”
Of course, this discussion of relative normalcy runs counter to what most consumers of our celebrity culture might expect from Fox.
The 25-year-old actress admits even potential employers aren’t sure what to make of her before they meet her.
“I just feel that nobody has any idea what I’m like or could be like,” she says. “I’m shrouded in mystery. ‘What is she like?’ Is she nice? Is she a diva? Is she crazy? Is she a lunatic?’ People like to meet with me before they offer a film to me sometimes because they want to make sure I’m a functioning healthy human being.
“The one thing that drives me insane — I understand people assuming or the feeling someone is a diva or a bitch because unfortunately if you’re a woman in Hollywood, you’re going to be labeled as that. But what drives me the most insane is that anyone would think I’m stupid or a bimbo. That perception makes me enraged — because it’s the absolute opposite of that. That’s the only one that bothers me. The rest of it, it falls off my shoulders, but that one drives me nuts; I can’t stand it.”
Much of this stems from the first two Transformers films and the public feud that appeared to erupt between Fox and director Michael Bay. Eventually, the tension culminated in Fox exiting the franchise in 2010. When the third film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, opened earlier this summer, Bay reportedly said executive producer Steven Spielberg told him to fire her.
“I didn’t want to address it while they were on their press tour. I didn’t feel that was appropriate,” she says. “I mean of course there was the urge to because you want to defend yourself when you feel you’re being attacked.
“But it wouldn’t have been helpful to me, first of all. And I love a lot of the people that were involved in making that movie and sacrificed, literally, their blood and sweat to make that movie. So I didn’t want to s— on it, for lack of a better word. I didn’t want to be vindictive or harm any of them, even Mike. I just wanted him to open his movie and have his success. He can say what he wants.
“I assume people must be so tired of the story, but at the same time there’s only one side of it that has been told. So eventually I will have to tell my side of the story. It’s not going to go away forever. I just don’t want a big media war over something that’s really trivial at this point.”
Instead, Fox would undoubtedly rather generate attention for the indie Friends with Kids, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival Friday evening.
An engaging romantic comedy about how relationships change with offspring, it features Jennifer Westfeldt (who also wrote and directed), Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott, who plays the single father Fox’s free-spirited dancer begins to date.
“It was such a well-written script and I wanted to work with these people,” says Fox, who notes in her own life, she skipped over the step of seeing her friends start families.
“I jumped right into the middle of it.”
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