Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Megan Fox interview
Compiled by Rob Carnevale
MEGAN Fox gets tough with journalists at the UK press conference for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, as she talk about coping with repeated questions on her beauty and celebrity, and being misquoted a lot of the time.
She also talks about working with Michael Bay for a second time, being encouraged to work on his Ferrari as a screen-test/audition and which toys she grew up with…
Q. Your character is into motorbikes and fast cars. Did you have to do any research?
Megan Fox: Before I got the first one, part of my audition process involved Michael [Bay] making me come to his studio and pretend to work on his Ferrari. He videotaped me the whole time and I had to try and figure it out. I still know nothing about cars though…
Q. What was it like working with Michael Bay for a second time?
Megan Fox: It’s sort of constant chaos which the crew… the crew initially named it “Bay-os” and there’s also “Bay-hem” which is an everyday thing working with him. It is exciting but he is rough on his actors on purpose. I think he likes the legend of being a tyrant [laughs].
Q. Your career has taken off astronomically since the first movie. How are you dealing with the newfound attention?
Megan Fox: I don’t know if you’re ever prepared for public scrutiny. I don’t know if you can even mentally prepare yourself for it. But it is part of the job. It’s maybe not the most pleasant part but I get to experience so many other things that I shouldn’t be able to experience. So, that’s the trade-off.
Q. In a recent interview with British GQ you spoke about recreational drug use. Being a public figure who is looked up to by young people what kind of message are you sending out to your fans?
Megan Fox: I wouldn’t call it recreational drug use because that makes it sound like I’m going to clubs and doing cocaine and things like that. I talked about the legalisation of marijuana, which in the United States I think it should be. If alcohol is legal, I don’t see why people still have a ban on marijuana… that’s all. And when you ask me how that’s going to influence 12-year-old girls? Are they reading British GQ?
Q. It’s often liberating to read your interviews because you’re so outspoken. Is there anything you’ve regretted saying?
Megan Fox: You mean you want me to clarify it right now – anything that I’ve ever said? It’s possible and it’s something that I struggle with because I feel that I have the best intentions when I do these sorts of interviews and when I speak the way that I do. It’s just unfortunate when journalists or press choose to knowingly twist the meaning of my words. That discourages me from being outspoken and being as honest, but I just feel that it’s something that I want to do. I grew up and I hated reading or watching bullshit interviews, or watching these created images of things that people present to you on television that you know are fake and manufactured. So, I’m trying not to be one of those.
Q. There’s a line in the movie that states “the Internet is all truth”. Do you read all the stuff that’s out there about you? And what’s the most outrageous untruth you’ve seen?
Megan Fox: I don’t research any of my own press. I have really bad anxiety about it. So, I have to pretend that none of it is real.
Q. You’ve frequently been described as the most beautiful woman on the planet, and you kind of seem dismissive of it. Is it limiting to be put in that bracket?
Megan Fox: It’s not that it’s limiting. I just get really embarrassed. Have you ever been given a compliment and you can’t take it, either because you don’t agree with it or are just uncomfortable taking it? But it’s like that non-stop all day, every day and I just get really embarrassed by it. I don’t know how to react to something like that.
Q. I’ve read that you’re afraid of Hollywood and frightened of losing your private life? Is that true?
Megan Fox: I think I was probably just talking about the inner workings of Hollywood… like young Hollywood and the Hollywood lifestyle. I just think you can so quickly become over-exposed and once people know too much about your private life there’s no mystery and no reason for them to pay to see you in a film. I think that’s something that’s almost impossible to avoid in Hollywood currently. Maybe that’s why there’s no real film stars anymore like there were in the ’50s. I think there’s a dying breed of movie star and that’s because of the over-exposure on the Internet, in the media and by the Paparazzi.
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