BEING crowned the world’s sexiest woman apparently does not guarantee an idyllic romantic life.
Megan Fox, who carries that title with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek, celebrated her 23rd birthday on May 16. She was in Hawaii. By herself.
“Alone,” she adds, as if to underscore the detachment she felt. “I am not in a committed relationship right now.”
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Not that the straight-talking young woman – who co-stars in the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and has two other movies in the can – is crying out for help, mind you.
Since the break-up of her long-term relationship with former Beverly Hills 90210 and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles actor Brian Austin Green, 35, Fox has embraced solitude.
“I really don’t know anything about being single yet, really,” she says. “I’ve sort of isolated myself and forced myself to sit and be quiet. I’ve been reading a lot and listening to music and trying just to work on myself.
“I was with someone from the time I was 18 so I’ve never been my own, independent adult. I’ve never been forced to take care of myself. I’ve always had someone doing that for me.
“Right now there’s no space in my head for who’s going to be next or how I need to fill my time. I’m just trying to be comfortable with who I am before I get into another relationship where I’ll just repeat the cycle and I will have 10 failed relationships.“I will be Elizabeth Taylor by the time I’m 60 and I don’t want to do that.”
Fox, who has the tragic Marilyn Monroe’s face tattooed on her right arm – one of nine tattoos on various parts of her anatomy – is nothing if not a realist about her image and the films she is making.
She is acutely aware of her place in Hollywood’s general scheme of things.
Transformers director Michael Bay asked her to stack on more than 4kg when she returned to her role as Mikaela Banes in the sequel, but she now has her more svelte figure back.
“People will tell you I spent all day, every day, inhaling chips and candy and you never saw me with a banana or, like, celery,” she says.
“But just recently I went on a raw food diet. I’m eating a lot of sushi and I started doing pilates. That’s really the answer.”
She pauses and adds happily: “That and being 23.”
Asked about her Hollywood image, Fox replies bluntly that she is “in the pin-up category”.
“I haven’t given people a reason to take my work seriously yet, which is my responsibility to do,” she says. “I think the expectation of me, as far as my ability as an actress goes, is very low, which I don’t have a problem with.
“I feel like that means I can only ever be an over-achiever when people expect so little of me. I think that’s an opportunity.
“I don’t have a specific image I want to achieve. I just really want at some point for it to be OK for women, young girls, to be sexy because I think that’s a power, a gift that we were given by God or the universe or whatever, and you should embrace it.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being sexy or being in your underwear or whatever. I do think you need to have thoughts in your mind to go behind that image. You need to be able to speak. You need to be able to carry yourself in a way that’s not ridiculous. You need to have some substance.”
Fox, who from time to time has been quoted as saying that she is bisexual, that Scarlett Johansson is pretentious and that young Hollywood leading men Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson are “too pretty”, agrees that when she offers a public opinion on just about anything it usually comes back to haunt her. But she is not about to demur.
“Every time I open my mouth I get burned by something, mainly because people refuse to understand the intent behind what I say. I try to communicate things in what I find to be a humorous way but people, at least here in the United States, don’t want to accept that I have a sense of humour and I don’t take myself seriously. So that’s hard for me, but I made a decision not to be a bullshit person, because this is a bullshit industry. I need to hold on to my soul and my integrity and not compromise and become part of the bullshit.
“And if that means that I get burned for the first few years of my career, then that’s what it means.”
For the most part, however, she prefers to mind her own business.
“I think I’m kind of a recluse,” she says. “I’m a hermit. Like, I’m not really out that much and that’s because I do have a great fear of Hollywood, just watching what it does to people and what it will always continue to do.
“You have to be a really strong human being to survive it, especially as a young woman. So I try to avoid the Hollywood scene as much as possible, and when people enjoy the Hollywood scene that’s usually a red flag to me and I don’t want those people around.
“Some people might think my life is boring, but I haven’t been to rehab yet so I think I’m doing something right.”
And that “sexiest woman” thing that’s following her around, courtesy of a men’s magazine?
“Oh, there’s a new No.1 every year so I take that with a grain of salt,” Fox says. “I was in a movie that made $800 million so they threw me on top of the list. And that’s really all I take it to be.”
Two years after the original Transformers movie, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and Mikaela Banes (Fox) are still romantically involved, but he has gone off to college and she is working in a bike shop with her father, who, Fox says with the hint of a roll of her eyes, is “apparently out of prison”.
When Sam learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers, Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take him prisoner. Who are you going to call on for help at times like these? Your girlfriend, of course.
Since completing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Fox has appeared in Jennifer’s Body, written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, 2007) and Jonah Hex, adapted from the DC Comics westerns.
In Jennifer’s Body, she plays a mean-girl cheerleader possessed by a demon.
“I think Diablo was at my agency at the time and she had me in mind to play this character,” Fox says. “I think maybe she thought that, unbeknownst to me, I would be mocking my own image, except it was ‘beknownst’ to me. Really it’s about how scary teenage girls can be, and I was definitely a scary teenage girl.”
Josh Brolin plays the title role in Jonah Hex, with Fox as his gun-wielding love interest Leila.
“That movie has some of the biggest titans of the industry as far as acting goes – Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender and these amazing theatre actors,” Fox says.
“It’s a huge blessing for me. I’m unbelievably grateful for it and I gave it 200 per cent.”
Source: News Au