* via rachelannc.tumblr.com/post/30856882473, originally written back in 2011
ABC News: Megan Fox: Are Men Afraid of Women?
…and people wonder why I have so much respect for Megan Fox.
When you watch any interview with Megan, you get the sense that there’s something a lot deeper and darker than what meets the eye. Albeit, if you ask her some boring or monotonous question, you won’t get much feeling out of it (besides, who could?), but, she somehow manages to always put a piece of herself into something, whether she realizes it or not.
One of the things that I find particularly special about Megan is that she doesn’t give a damn about what the media has to say about her remarks. She may have this potty-mouthed and cold reputation, but she’s actually very smart and somewhat shy. She knows exactly what she’s doing in this industry, perhaps using it and manipulating it to her advantage. People may be too quick to judge, and I find this smart-mouthed potty-mouthed I-don’t-give-a-damn trying-to-play-with-the-media oops-did-I-say-too-much woman, compelling. She’s fun to listen to, and her dry humor is great.
Sometimes, youth are given too much success at an early age before they can ever really prove themselves. And, in the entertainment industry, people aren’t too nice about giving second chances. Megan isn’t the only one victim to it, but she’s still had it hard. As she admits herself, she knows and openly accepts her work in Transformers wasn’t hard at all. She isn’t too excited about herself or her work when she talks about it, and if you look up interviews when interviewers fawn over her presence, barely getting a word or two out, Megan seems to just laugh.
As Transformers co-star Shia LaBeouf revealed to the Los Angeles Times, “”Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment stuff that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women. … I think [Megan] never got comfortable with it. … This is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the sexiest woman in America'” (“Shia LaBeouf reveals Megan Fox ‘couldn’t handle’ Transformers director Michael Bay’s risqué demands,” DailyMail UK).
On the one hand, Megan has received this massive “sex symbol” status, while she also wants to be accepted and known as an actress. But, that can be hard for her to do if people are too quick to judge her actions, never quite letting her have the chance to prove her worth.
Today Show: Megan Fox Interview (7/14/2009)
“I think that all actors are pretty insecure. … I think that’s sort of what drives us into this business is that insecurity. And especially being a woman I think all women unfortunately, have some deep-seeded insecurities, for whatever reason because of how we’re raised in society and, it’s hard having so much focus put on you all the time. It’s hard to maintain that sort of confidence because you’re always, second-guessing yourself and questioning yourself and feeling like, you’re letting someone down or you’re failing in one way or another, ’cause you can’t please all of the people all of the time” (Today Show).
In a late interview with Rolling Stone in 2009, Megan revealed about her sexuality: “What you do is harness your sexuality and use it to control your destiny. Like, if a conversation with a guy is going somewhere I don’t like, you can manipulate it and build a dynamic that causes that person to fear you sexually. You do it with men by making them feel small, and men usually feel small when they’re attracted to someone.”
She’s funny, dark, and she speaks the truth. Sarcastic maybe, but I love it. She continues, “And that’s what can happen when a girl or woman is completely in charge of her sexuality and embraces the power of her vagina. It intimidates men–not all, but some … Look, I didn’t figure something special out here. All vaginas are created equal. But as soon as you love your own, you’re good. You’re set.”
She’s also remarked that she’s felt safe within her Christian faith and upbringing. When all the world feels like “high school,” sometimes, it’s the only place you can go to. Faith. A home in Faith.
As she continues on about her success and involvement in the industry on the Today Show, Megan leaves some rather sincere and honest remarks. I personally feel it’s one of her best and my favorite interviews to date:
“The best part about it is you always feel blessed and lucky to have any sort of success in this business because it’s so hard for most people to achieve it. … I do feel undeserving of it but I feel like it came pretty easily because I was involved in something that so was so big and so much bigger than I was. … The worst part about it is just the lack of anonymity. … It’s when your privacy is taken away or when people are constantly picking apart everything that you say or you do and judging it, it’s tough to live in that space everyday. It’s basically like you’re always in high school. You never get out of high school. Hollywood is a giant high school” (Today Show).
P.S. Congrats to the new mom and Noah! She stole my name for a boy, but glad to see how much love she could have for a thing… My goodness, I can’t even imagine. Having children is such a beautiful thing… :’)