Rage Against The Machine
Prestige Hong Kong|November 2017

Is La La Land just a breeding ground for misogyny, medical mishaps and moral bankruptcy? MEGAN FOX talks to P.RAMAKRISHNAN about her life in film as she prepares to re-enter the fray.

P. Ramakrishnan

There’s something fantastically quirky about this quintessential Hollywood hottie. She’s starred in several action films and an equal number of comedies, both television and film. The dare-to-bare magazine shoots she’s done (listed in every “hot” list or “most beautiful” roster) versus the zany interviews she’s given on talk shows where her tongue-in-cheek quips seem at odds with her chic glamour; the old-school femme fatale vibe she exudes versus the distinctly non-diva behaviour on set. It’s all so incongruous and unexpected.

From the outset when she first appeared on sitcoms, there was no denying how incredible she looked – her comedic counterparts commented on her bombshell physicality. Beautiful women generally aren’t expected to be that funny – “You need a fly in the ointment of comedy,” said Fran Drescher, star of the popular 1990s sitcom The Nanny, who has stunning looks, “But then, God gave me this voice so I was meant to lead in a situation comedy!”

Megan Fox, however, has no such aberrations. The breathy cadences, those laser-focused blue eyes, curves in all the right places, a body covered in tattoos, that slick black hair and her revealing gowns on the red carpet ... yes, there have been comparisons with Angelina Jolie, “but I felt more of a kinship with Marilyn Monroe”, she says.

Born in 1986 (she’s just turned 31), Fox appeared in several minor roles before becoming a series regular in the sitcom Hope & Faith. In 2004, she had a pivotal role in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (the titular role played by the rising star-turned-cautionary tale Lindsay Lohan), before her breakout role in the blockbuster Transformers (2007). She played the love interest of Shia LaBeouf’s character in the original and its sequel, followed by a very public ousting (allegedly) from the third in the multibillion-dollarearning franchise. Rumours are that director Michael Bay was unhappy about a few uncharitable things Fox had said in an interview about the way the movie was made. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley replaced her in the third instalment.

Fox didn’t fret. In the wake of Juno, Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody chose her to star in the title role of the dark comedy Jennifer’s Body. Fox worked steadily in several films, until Bay hired her once again for the film version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the sensuous screen siren’s exoticism being ideally suited to the testosteronecharged capers; Fox earned a multimillion-dollar paycheck to return to the production house. Between projects, she married actor Brian Austin Green of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame, and went on a self-imposed hiatus during which she gave birth to three boys (her youngest is a year old).

And now she’s back. Perhaps a little reluctantly, yet the spotlight beckons, luring her away from “her boys”. But before she steps onto a Hollywood set, she’s in the studio for our cover shoot.

When did you know you wanted to be an actress?

When I was a really small, small girl. I was maybe three years old, when I first told my mum that I was going to be an actor! We were living in the South [Tennessee], where something like that wasn’t really possible. When I got older, we ended up moving to Florida and I started doing catalogue modelling in Miami. One of my first jobs was as an extra in Michael Bay’s movie Bad Boys II. At age 15, I went to Los Angeles for a pilot season and I ended up getting the job the first time I went out. I kept booking so many jobs that my mom felt confident that this was something that I’m supposed to do – she was very supportive and we moved out to LA. I started working pretty much straight away.

How did you land so many sitcoms so early on in your career?

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