Remember when we decided to dismiss Megan Fox outright, meanwhile elevating her Transformers co-star Shia LeBeouf to the status of enigmatic and talented boy-about-Hollywood? After she committed the terrible sin of (checks notes)… being incredibly H๏τ?
The late 2000s were a truly dark time for women in cinema, especially those who were marketed as Sєx symbols. A career re-evaluation of Fox is definitely in order, especially when it comes to her critically panned cult favorite performance in Jennifer’s Body. According to a new interview, she’d tend to agree.
Entertainment Tonight interviewed Fox alongside Jennifer’s Body writer Diablo Cody to celebrate the movie’s tenth anniversary, and Fox went into detail about what sounds like an intensely difficult period.
Fox says she experienced a “genuine psychological breakdown” as a result of being consistently objectified and Sєxualized in her movie roles, and particularly in the ill-conceived Jennifer’s Body marketing campaign.
“I didn’t want to be seen, I didn’t want to have to take a pH๏τo, do a magazine, walk a carpet, I didn’t want to be seen in public at all,” she recalled. “Because the fear, and the belief, an the absolute certainty that I was going to be mocked, or spat at, or someone was going to yell at me, or people would stone me or savage me for just being out.”
Even worse, Fox found herself crucified for publicly railing against the kind of Sєxism that’s now at the forefront of #MeToo-era Hollywood activism. You may recall she was derided for speaking out against Transformers director Michael Bay, whose only direction to her on set was to “be more Sєxy” and “H๏τ.” Few fans were sympathetic, and she lost out on future work as a result of speaking out.
Fox notes she has struggled to gain support from other women, let alone men. “Even though I consider myself a feminist, I feel like feminists don’t want me to be a part of their group,” she says.
“What is supporting other females if there is only certain ones of us we support? If I have to be an academic or have to be non-threatening to you in some way? Why can’t I be a part of the group as well?”