Megan Fox Covers Harper’s Bazaar Arabia; Photoshoots

On the public’s perception of her

“I would say most people assume that I’m not very smart or educated or earnest, because I have this image that I’m sort of narcissistic, chasing attention, and wanting people to like me. It makes me laugh because I’ve done plenty of interviews and when you read the article from beginning to end you can see that I’m not your typical music video model.””My life is not about seeking other people’s approval because I know it isn’t going to come.”

She continued: ‘I don’t take it personally because in some ways I acknowledge and agree. But at the same time, both established comedians and Quentin Tarantino have come up to me and said, “I really liked Jennifer’s Body, you were really good in that”. The people whose opinions matter liked it, so I’m OK with that.’

On Transformers and growing up

‘In Transformers I was a kid, I had no idea what I was doing. There was nothing for me to do [in that movie], but then I did nothing and that was my own call.

“I think there’s a lot of growing personally that I needed to do, to control my passion. I really wanted to be a mom, and I wasn’t yet, and I really struggled with that,” she says. “I was just too young to see where I wanted to go.”

On the Red Carpet

“I’ve never had fun getting dressed up and going on the red carpet because there’s pressure there. You’re not just getting dressed because you think this is an amazing outfit. You’re getting dressed because there’s an obligation from your side to a certain designer and then you have to go and walk the carpet hoping that someone else isn’t wearing something similar,” she tells the magazine. “I’m just sort of the mannequin that they send out, so it’s just not a fun process for me.”

On Career

“I don’t sit back and have a game plan and make decisions about my career like other actors do. I have no ego tied up into my career at all. If I get pitched into a movie I do it and that’s that; it doesn’t matter if it’s weird or small or huge,” she admits. “I trust my intuition.”

On Parenting

“I don’t think I need to teach my children with harsh words or with punishment. I believe that if I love them the right way, there’s no need for that,” she says of her parenting philosophy. “I’m a free-spirit mother.” She regrets not being “a better influence” on Kassius when she began dating Green. “I don’t talk to Bodhi like he’s an adult, obviously, but I listen to everything he says to me and I believe in him: I believe that he sees things I don’t see, I believe he has things to teach me, and so I don’t act as a disciplinarian or an authority figure per se. I don’t ever want to be a restrictive force on him; I want to be an expansive force…I want him to be inspired by me because he constantly inspires me as well. Motherhood has really deepened me and has given me so much perspective. I’m very dedicated.”

Noah‘s love of kimonos: “He’s obsessed with my collection! When we went on vacation to Hawaii he wanted one because he always sees me in these amazing, long, crazy kimonos. So I got a Missoni piece for him and he wears it and he’s so happy and proud and he’s singing all the songs from Tarzan… I like being magical and I like having freedom when I dress. I have some Cherokee background in me so I’m in for anything tribal or Native American.”

On Time with Brian “We ask his mom to come once a week so that we can go to dinner, go have sushi or something like that,” she says of a typical date. “But now that they’re so young, it’s just insanity.”