Megan Fox may not be in the next Transformers movie, but her career is still hotter than ever. After successful turns in those Michael Bay blockbusters, Megan Fox has built a career outside the toy story that includes the horror flick Jennifer’s Body and what could be her breakout role in Jonah Hex opposite Josh Brolin.
Fox sat down to discuss life as a superstar at only 24 years old and how she keeps grounded as well as what’s next for Megan Fox in her life, which does not include running around with Shia Labeouf and those titanic Transformers.
Her co-star, Josh Brolin, has a theory about why her prostitute with a heart of gold and Jonah Hex fit so well together in their onscreen romance. “It’s a Beauty and the Beast thing, physically, cosmetically,” Brolin said and laughed.
Megan Fox finds film fantastic
SheKnows: You’ve done pretty well for yourself in action films, from Transformers to this explosive feature, Jonah Hex. Do you personally enjoy the genre?Megan Fox: I like working on action films and I like working on movies that are comic book based, or that have this theme, because they’re things I watched or loved as a kid. So it wasn’t really about getting away from the robots, if that’s what you were saying. I enjoyed making both films.
SheKnows: What is tougher — action sequences or wearing that 18-inch corset?
Megan Fox: Actually, there was one gunfight scene that stunts had been choreographing for a couple of weeks and I had minutes to get it down and rehearse it. It was really difficult for me to shoot the old-style gunslinger guns, because I have tiny little baby hands, and they’re really large and really heavy, so just the physicality of having to pull that off was really difficult. This was more action-heavy for me, it was more intricate, the action in this movie, than in previous movies that I’ve done. As for the corset, I loved the corset. When I showed up for camera tests, everyone thought I was in pain, or hurting, that something was wrong with me, because my waist was so small, but I enjoyed it and I wish they’d come back into style.
SheKnows: Did you work closely with Josh Brolin to craft a backstory for you and Josh Brolin’s character?
Megan Fox: Well, Josh and I had a conversation about what their past relationship could have been, and why she would be so dedicated and so in love with someone who sort of treated her the way that he did, and was not able to love. We came up with a backstory between the two of us, what things had gone on in the past and why she was so dedicated and loyal to him.
SheKnows: Do you have any collections? Are you a collector?
Megan Fox: I don’t collect things. Sorry. Well, I love electronics. I have lots of computers, iPhones, iPads and those sorts of things.
Megan Fox on fame
SheKnows: Things have gotten crazy for you in the last couple of years, how have you managed to keep your head?
Megan Fox: I don’t know. I think I’ve maintained the same relationships that I’ve had before this happened to me, and I kept people close to me that I love and respect, and look out for me and take care of me, and I’ve distanced myself from the Hollywood crowd. I don’t go out and socialize that way. You wouldn’t think it, but I’m sort of oddly very domestic and I think that keeps me sane. My personal relationships keep me grounded.
SheKnows: You’re only 24, is it difficult to wrap your head around the type of fame you have already?
Megan Fox: Well, you have to be a strong person to survive this kind of fame, because it is very difficult to be under the microscope every moment of every day. Everything that leaves your mouth becomes this sensationalized news story, no matter what your intentions were when you first said it, so it becomes overwhelming. Am I that rebellious? I think there are many sides to me and my personality, and I think the only thing that is rebellious about me is that I don’t really have a lot of fears as far as this industry is concerned and I’ll do things that maybe other people are afraid to do or afraid to say. But in my personal life, I’m actually very responsible with my personal relationships. I’ve always been that way.
SheKnows: Women are taking control of their careers in Hollywood, such as Elizabeth Banks and Salma Hayek, each having formed production companies. Do you have any desire to do so, or perhaps direct one day?
Megan Fox: Definitely not directing. I have absolutely no skill set that would suggest that I would be able to do something like that. But possibly producing I guess at some point, if that. If I were able to, I’d like to get into that, sure.
Joining Jonah Hex
SheKnows: What most appealed to you about participating in the world of Jonah Hex?
Megan Fox: I felt like it was an amazing opportunity for me to be involved in a project with Josh, and John Malkovich, and (Michael) Fassbender — with all these incredible actors, who were coming in to make this movie, and I just wanted to be a part of it any way that I could.
SheKnows: Your character is a hooker, but not the typical hooker muse with a heart of gold…
Megan Fox: I don’t really feel like she’s that stereotypical. Perhaps you’re responding to the fact that I’m playing the character, that that sort of makes it stereotypical. But it’s something completely different from anything I’ve done and no one can accuse me of doing the same thing twice, which I’m proud of.
SheKnows: And what’s next for Megan Fox, other than marriage to Brian Austin Green…so we hear?
Megan Fox: I have a movie with Mickey Rourke hopefully coming out this fall called Passion Play, which I was really excited to work on. It’s an independent right now, and I’m really proud of that and I had an amazing experience making that movie. It’s sort of a modern film noir, and Mickey’s character is a down on his luck trumpet player and is a heroin addict, and he comes across my character, who is part of a traveling freak show. She has bird wings that sprouted out of her back when she went through puberty, and it’s sort of this very bizarre strange relationship that they have and it’s very tragic.