Say what you will about Megan Fox, and plenty have of late. One of the most polarizing actresses of the moment, she has evolved into that rare breed of celebrity. Candid, unfiltered and positively fearless, it is easy to see and read why she draws such intense reaction. (And by the way, for some, her utter carnal heat runs a close second.)
In 2009, Fox had a bit of a mixed year in terms of box office success. While she re-teamed with Shia LaBeouf and director Michael Bay for the year’s biggest hit, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” her first starring role in the Diablo Cody-penned “Jennifer’s Body” proved a bit of a disappointment in the end. Regardless, Ms. Fox is here to stay. And chances are, she really doesn’t care if people like it or not.
Here’s more with Megan Fox on being herself, being beautiful and making “Jennifer’s Body,” the unrated version of which has just been released this week on Blu-ray and DVD.
JORGE CARREON: What was your initial reaction to Diablo Cody’s script, which was such a departure from “Juno?”
FOX: The way Diablo writes is so original. And so it’s bizarre. She’s writes in a very bizarre way, this very youth-driven language that you don’t often find in film scripts. I loved it. I have a really bad sense of humor. I find really tragic things funny, so this movie was perfect for me. I’m always the person making a joke. Actually, Amanda (Seyfried) and I have that in common. We always make jokes and everyone else is horrified. Not only do they not laugh, they’re like really upset. And we think it’s very funny. We are alone in that relationship.
CARREON: How would you define your role as Jennifer Check? FOX: There’s always something about playing a character that is superficial. She’s not healthy as far as her relationships with men and boys are concerned. And you never see her parents. You see her mother once in this film. She’s very sad. Even though the exterior she gives off is one of a confident, Valley girl-esque teenager, she becomes a real bad ass. She gets kind of hardcore there for a second. CARREON: Which of the two “Jennifers” did you enjoy best?
FOX: I don’t like doing school scenes and shooting by lockers, or even just shooting in the park, whatever normalcy of life. I don’t like watching those scenes in movies. We did a stunt where I come crashing into a piece glass and I shatter it with my hands. I’m dripping blood. I look like a velociraptor. Those are my favorite. I love it. I don’t know why. But as soon as they cover me in that blood, it’s just corn syrup, I feel so powerful. It disgusted Amanda. She was like, “Why are you letting them do that to your face? Eeww.”
CARREON: Would you consider yourself a guy’s girl, or a girl’s girl?
FOX: I would call myself a guy’s girl. I can be very girly and really feminine sometimes. But usually, I’m always down to take one for the team. I’m always getting injured on sets and really going for it. Just in life I’m that way. I’m a little mannish. I’m always the dominant one in my relationship.
CARREON: After “Transformers 2,” what made “Jennifer’s Body” such an empowering experience for you?
FOX: There are no male lead characters, really. It’s a story of two girls that are becoming women. They’re both very powerful in their way and the dynamic completely plays between them for the entirety of the film. I can’t think of many other films where the two leads were female. Usually if there’s a woman in a movie, she’s the girlfriend or the wife. Or topless girl number 6, or whatever. And so for me it’s empowering being one of these two female leads. My character is really physically dominating. Mentally, and emotionally, she’s just a real terror. I always wanted to play a domestic fascist.
CARREON: Watching the film, I couldn’t help thinking it must really be hard to be a girl.
FOX: We’re not shoving it in people’s faces, but for those who want to find the message, it is there. It’s f***ing ridiculously hard being a girl, just in relationships alone. Men are men. Boys will be boys. He cheated around with the secretary. She had a nice rack. The wife doesn’t put out. It’s what it is and that is such garbage.
CARREON: The movie taps into that rage.
FOX: Oh it does. I tapped into that rage doing some of my Jennifer scenes.
CARREON: Do you see yourself as being something beautiful? Or do you prefer to look at different parts of yourself?
FOX: I look at myself in pieces. They take a lot photos on sets. Continuity photos. I can’t be in the room if they’re doing playback. And I can’t see a photo of myself because my inner image does not match whatever my outer shell is, to the point where I don’t recognize myself in pictures or on film. Fans either really love me or they hate me and will bash every single thing they can about me. Whatever they can say, they’ll say. And they’ll be on the Internet all night talking about it if they have to. And that’s fine. I understand that. But I am actually probably one of the least confident people you’ll come across and that’s common with actors. I am really painfully insecure. But there’s nothing I can do about it. So I just forge through with my life. And just go about my day.
CARREON: Would you hang out with a girl like Jennifer Check?
FOX: I don’t think so. I have one girlfriend, who I’ve had since I was in high school. My entire life I’ve had one friend that was female. I don’t relate well with women. And I would never hang out with a girl that is as superficial as Jennifer Check seems to be. I can’t take it.
CARREON: How does it feel to be Megan Fox at this point in your career?
FOX: I got really lucky with my career. I’ve sort of fallen into things repeatedly that have turned out to be really amazing for me. This was a really great learning experience and a growing experience. I actually loved coming to work, and that’s not something I’ve said before. It was a freeing experience.