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Fox at a Special Event Screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , Sydney, Australia in September 2014.
Born
Megan Denise Fox

(1986-05-16) May 16, 1986 (age 32)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2001–present
Height163 cm (5 ft 4 in) [1]
Spouse(s)
Brian Austin Green (m. 2010)
Children3

Megan Denise Fox [2] (born May 16, 1986) is an American actress and model. She began her acting career in 2001, with several minor television and film roles, and played a regular role on the Hope & Faith television sitcom. In 2004, she made her film debut with a role in the teen comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen . In 2007, she co-starred as Mikaela Banes, the love interest of Shia LaBeouf's character, in the blockbuster action film Transformers , which became her breakout role. Fox reprised her role in the 2009 sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen . Later in 2009, she starred in the black comedy horror film Jennifer's Body . In 2014, Fox starred as April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , and reprised the role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016).

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Fox is considered a sex symbol and has appeared in magazines such as Maxim , Rolling Stone , and FHM . [3] [4]

Sex symbol famous person or fictional character widely regarded to be very sexually attractive

A sex symbol is a famous person or fictional character widely regarded to be very sexually attractive.

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Early life

Megan Fox was born on May 16, 1986 [2] [5] in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, [6] [7] to parents Gloria Darlene (Cisson) and Franklin Thomas Fox. [8] She spent her early childhood in nearby Rockwood. [9] Fox's father, a parole officer, and her mother divorced when Fox was three years old. [6] Her mother later remarried, and Fox and her sister [10] were raised by her mother and her stepfather, Tony Tonachio. [11] [12] [13] She was raised "very strictly Pentecostal", but later attended Catholic school for 12 years. [14] [15] She said that the two were "very strict" and that she was not allowed to have a boyfriend [16] or invite friends to her house. [10] She lived with her mother until she made enough money to support herself. [16]

Oak Ridge, Tennessee City in Tennessee, United States

Oak Ridge is a city in Anderson and Roane counties in the eastern part of the U.S. state of Tennessee, about 25 miles (40 km) west of Knoxville. Oak Ridge's population was 29,330 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Knoxville Metropolitan Area. Oak Ridge's nicknames include the Atomic City, the Secret City, the Ridge, and the City Behind the Fence.

Rockwood, Tennessee City in Tennessee, United States

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Fox began her training in dance and drama at age five, in Kingston, Tennessee. [17] She attended a dance class at the community center there and was involved in Kingston Elementary School's chorus and the Kingston Clippers swim team. At age 10, after moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, Fox continued her training. [18] [19] When she was 13 years old, Fox began modeling after winning several awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina. [20] At age 17, she tested out of school via correspondence in order to move to Los Angeles, California. [10] [16]

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Fox spoke freely about her time in school, stating that in middle school she was bullied and had to eat lunch in the bathroom to avoid being "pelted with ketchup packets". She said that the problem was not her looks, but that she had "always gotten along better with boys" and that "rubbed some people the wrong way". [21] Fox also said that she was never popular in high school, and that "everyone hated me, and I was a total outcast, my friends were always guys, I have a very aggressive personality, and girls didn't like me for that. I've had only one great girlfriend my whole life". In the same interview, she mentions that she hated school and has "never been a big believer in formal education" and that "the education I was getting seemed irrelevant. So, I was sort of checked out on that part of it". [21]

Career

2001–2009: Early career and Transformers

Fox at Jennifer's Body screening at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Megan Fox Jennifers Body TIFF09 (cropped).jpg
Fox at Jennifer's Body screening at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

At 15, Fox made her acting debut in the 2001 film Holiday in the Sun , as spoiled heiress Brianna Wallace and rival of Alex Stewart (Ashley Olsen), which was released direct-to-DVD on November 20, 2001. In the next several years, she guest-starred on What I Like About You and Two and a Half Men , as well as being an uncredited extra in Bad Boys II (2003).

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In 2004, she made her film debut in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen co-starring opposite Lindsay Lohan, playing the supporting role of Carla Santini, a rival of Lola (Lohan). Fox was also cast in a regular role on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith , in which she portrayed Sydney Shanowski, replacing Nicole Paggi. Fox appeared in seasons 2 to 3, until the show was cancelled by ABC in May 2006. [22]

In 2007, Fox won the lead female role of Mikaela Banes in the 2007 live-action film Transformers , based on the toy and cartoon saga of the same name. Fox played the love interest of Shia LaBeouf's character Sam Witwicky. Fox was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the category of "Breakthrough Performance", and was also nominated for three Teen Choice Awards. [22] She had signed on for two more Transformers sequels, [22] [23] reprising her role as Mikaela in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen . There was some controversy surrounding Fox's appearance while filming the sequel when Michael Bay, the film's director, ordered the actress to gain 10 pounds. [24] The film was released worldwide on June 24, 2009. [25]

Fox was to star in the third installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon , but was not included because of her statements comparing working under director Bay to working for Hitler. Bay said in June 2009 that Fox was fired on orders of executive producer Steven Spielberg, [26] a claim Spielberg challenged. [27]

In 2009, Fox had her first lead role since the Transformers series; she portrayed the title character in Jennifer's Body , written by Academy Award–winning screenwriter Diablo Cody. [28] In April 2009, she began filming Jonah Hex , in which she portrayed Leila (Tallulah Black), a gun-wielding beauty and Jonah Hex's (Josh Brolin) love interest. The film was released on June 18, 2010. [29] Despite receiving top billing, Fox described her role in the film as being a cameo. [30] Jonah Hex was a critical and commercial failure in the U.S., with its international distribution cancelled after its poor performance. [31] The film was named the "worst picture of the year" by the Houston Film Critics Society. [32]

Fox with Friends with Kids co-stars Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, and Jon Hamm at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Megan Fox 2011.jpg
Fox with Friends with Kids co-stars Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, and Jon Hamm at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

2010–present

Fox starred alongside Mickey Rourke in Passion Play . The film's poor reception at the Toronto Film festival led to its conventional theatrical distribution being bypassed for a direct-to-video release, with only two screens briefly showing the film to fulfill contractual obligations. [33] Mickey Rourke remarked that Passion Play was "terrible. Another terrible movie." [34] [35] Fox was the voice of the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins in the Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphins , a 3D documentary film. The story is told by a cast including Kate Winslet, Ellen Page, Gerard Butler, James Franco, Julian Lennon, Diego Luna, Cheech Marin, Whoopi Goldberg, Isabella Rossellini, and Daryl Hannah. [36]

Fox appeared with Dominic Monaghan in the music video for Eminem and Rihanna's single "Love the Way You Lie". [37]

In 2012, Fox appeared briefly in Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy The Dictator and had a featured role in Judd Apatow's comedy This Is 40 . She was the voice of Lois Lane in the film Robot Chicken DC Comics Special , [38] an episode of the television comedy series Robot Chicken , and it aired as a one-off special during Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on September 9, 2012.

In January 2013, Fox was featured in a Brazilian television commercial for Brahma beer. [39] In February 2013, Fox set aside her differences with her former director Michael Bay and worked again with him on his reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). [40] In October 2014, Fox was cast as the female lead in James Franco's film adaptation of Zeroville . [41] In 2015, Fox was cast in the role of Amelia Delthanis in the Plarium video game, Stormfall: Rise of Balur. [42]

In October 2015, it was confirmed that Fox would be temporarily replacing Zooey Deschanel in the television show New Girl following Deschanel's maternity leave. [43] [44] Fox reprised the role of April O'Neil in the 2016 film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows .

On October 29, 2017, it was announced that Fox would appear in the upcoming pre-production film, Shadow Girl, beside Olivia Thirlby and Alan Ritchson. [45]

On September 12, 2018, it was confirmed that Fox would star in the upcoming Korean war film Battle of Jangsa-ri 9.15 beside Korean actor Kim Myung-min. She will play a lead role as an American news reporter. [46]

Personal life

Fox, at the Seventh Annual Hollywood Life magazine "Breakthrough of the Year" Awards, December 9, 2007 Megan Fox LF.jpg
Fox, at the Seventh Annual Hollywood Life magazine "Breakthrough of the Year" Awards, December 9, 2007

Fox began dating actor Brian Austin Green in 2004, after meeting on the set of Hope & Faith ; she was 18 years old, while he was 30. [47] [48] They became engaged in November 2006. [49] In February 2009, they ended their engagement. [49]

Later that year, Fox was targeted by a group of fashion-motivated criminals known as "The Bling Ring", who robbed Green's home for access to Fox's possessions. [50] Fox and Green were reported to have become engaged again on June 1, 2010, [51] but Fox stated that she and Green had been continuously engaged since 2006. [52] .

Fox and Green married on June 24, 2010 in a private ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort on Maui. [53] [54] Fox filed for divorce on August 21, 2015, a few days after she and Green announced their separation. [55] [56] By early 2016, they were back together and expecting a third child. [57] On April 25, 2019 Fox filed to dismiss the divorce in Los Angeles, California. [58] Together, they have three sons: Noah Shannon Green (born 2012), [59] [60] Bodhi Ransom Green (born 2014) [61] and Journey River Green (born 2016). [62] Fox is also a stepmother to Green's son, Kassius (born 2002), from a previous relationship. [63]

Fox has a form of brachydactyly called clubbed thumb, [64] and has discussed her obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), insecurities, self-harming, and has acknowledged that she has low self-esteem. [65] In 2013, she said that her Christian faith is still very important to her and she believes it keeps her grounded. [66]

With regard to relationships and her sexuality, Fox said that she has a general distrust and dislike of men, [67] and that the perception of her as a "wild and crazy sexpot" is false because she is asocial and has only been sexually intimate with her "childhood sweetheart" and Brian Austin Green; she stated that she would rather stay at home instead of going out, [68] [69] and emphasized that she cannot have sex with someone she does not love. [70] [68] She is bisexual, and said she believes that "all humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes". [71] "I have no question in my mind about being bisexual," Fox stated. "But I'm also a hypocrite: I would never date a girl who was bisexual, because that means they also sleep with men, and men are so dirty that I'd never want to sleep with a girl who had slept with a man." [72]

Fox and Green are supporters of Generosity Water, and have funded the creation of over ten water wells for the organization. [73] [74]

Public image

Status and persona

Fox at the premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in Paris, June 2009 Megan Fox promoting Transformers in Paris.jpg
Fox at the premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in Paris, June 2009

Chris Lee of the Los Angeles Times called Fox a "sex symbol of the highest order" and said she was "the first bona fide sex symbol of the 21st century." [3] Craig Flaster of MTV stated, "Transformers broke Fox into the mainstream, immediately turning her into a household name and international sex symbol." [75] She has been featured on various magazine covers and "hottest" and "most beautiful woman" lists throughout the years, such as Maxim 's Hot 100 lists and when FHM readers voted her the "Sexiest Woman in the World" in 2008. [3] [4] [76] People named her one of 2012's and 2017's Most Beautiful at Every Age. [77] [78] Scholar Marc DiPaolo stated that Fox achieved instant fame as Mikaela in Transformers because a "highly sexualized, erotically idealized figure draped over a car or motorcycle invariably evokes lust in the heterosexual male onlooker" and Fox did this by leaning over a Camaro while wearing "a flimsy pink belly shirt" and short skirt, which read as "an unequivocal sex invite" to male viewers. [79] The editors of Men's Health also credited the Camaro scene with contributing to Fox's fame. [80]

Fox said all women in Hollywood are known and marketed as sex symbols, but that this is okay if the woman knows how to utilize the status. [81] [82] She created a character for her public image because she was unwilling to sacrifice her true self to the world. [81] [83] Scholars Wheeler Winston Dixon and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster disagreed that every woman in Hollywood is marketed as a sex symbol, and stated that Fox's "celebrity is based on what she admits is an entirely artificial construct designed for dissemination in the Internet age, a 21st-century media personality in every sense of the word." [81] Part of her persona included making outlandish comments, [83] [84] which she said helped her reach her level of fame versus being "a typical starlet" who "said all the right things". [83] Her tattoos, which she began getting at age 19 as a form of self-expression, [85] helped popularize tattoo fashion. [86] She had over nine known tattoos, including a picture of Marilyn Monroe's face on her right forearm and a quote on her shoulder. [87] Author John Tehranian argued that Fox's Monroe tattoo enhanced her "implicit claims to Monroe's legacy as Hollywood's leading sex symbol." [88] Fox ended up removing the Monroe tattoo in a series of laser surgeries [89] because she felt that Monroe's life was full of negativity and she did not want to emulate it. [90]

Fox in October 2007 with two of her tattoos visible Megan Fox back.jpg
Fox in October 2007 with two of her tattoos visible

The media often comparing Fox to actress Angelina Jolie, [3] dubbing her the "next Angelina Jolie", also affected her image. [83] Amid this and reports that she was to replace Jolie in a new Lara Croft film, [91] Fox commented that the comparisons indicate a lack of creativity on the part of the media, [82] and attributed them to both she and Jolie being brunette, having tattoos, cursing, and mentioning and joking about sex, [92] [93] "which people find outrageous". [93] Lynn Hirschbergnov of The New York Times opined that "the Jolie comparison would probably have been made by the media eventually, but Fox sped up the process" by "linking herself to Jolie" and that she created an "entertaining copy" by telling "tales of darkness and lust." [83]

In 2009, Fox's public image came under scrutiny when an unsigned letter from three crew members of Transformers defended Michael Bay against accusations made by Fox about his on-set behavior, including a comparison with Hitler. [26] [94] In response to the letter alleging that Fox's on-set behavior is unpleasant and contrasts her public persona, Bay stated he does not condone the letter or Fox's "outlandish quotes", but "her crazy quips are part of her crazy charm", and that they still work well together. [26] A production assistant who worked on Transformers also stated that he never saw Fox act inappropriately on set. [94] Fox said the letter's claims were false, [83] and that she had privately spoken with the parties involved. She said she was "very fortunate" to be a part of the franchise, and was looking forward to continuing her work. [94] DiPaolo concluded that Fox's criticism of the media sexually objectifying girls and women was in stark contrast to her sex symbol status and that this, "her defiance of director Michael Bay and frequent outspoken comments" stifled her career. [79]

Media exposure

The increased media exposure was difficult for Fox, who acknowledged being shy and insecure, to adjust to. [84] [95] It also positioned her as a potential role model, and later led to her being typecast. She rejected being a formal role model, but said that she could make young girls feel "strong and intelligent and be outspoken and fight for what they think is right" [96] and that she was a different role model for girls that maybe America was not comfortable with. [97] She considered being typecast as attractive an opportunity to surprise people when she gives a good performance in a film, [96] [82] but said she is interested in portraying less sexualized characters. [95] MTV's Craig Flaster said that although Fox has "been typecast as the big-budget sex symbol", she has shown comedic range. [75]

Fox's overexposure in the media led several men's websites, such as AskMen, to boycott her on August 4, 2009, [98] although some refused to do so, feeling that the boycott was a publicity stunt and therefore hypocritical. [99] [100] In response to the media attention, Fox told magazine Nylon , in September of that year, that "[the studio] wanted to make sure [the film] would make $700 million, so they oversaturated the media with their stars" and that she did not "want to have people get completely sick of [her] before [she's] ever even done something legitimate." [101] She became much less prominent in the media by 2010, after starring in the less commercially successful films Jonah Hex and Passion Play. [102] That same year, Fox said, "My biggest regret is that I've assisted the media in making me into a cartoon character. I don't regret what has happened to me, but I regret the way I have dealt with it." [70] Dixon and Foster stated, "The problem [Fox] faces is that the [image] construct has replaced the real in the minds of the public; and once established, a media persona is hard to recalibrate." [81]

Filmography

Films

YearTitleRoleNotes
2001 Holiday in the Sun BriannaCredited as Megan Denise Fox
2003 Bad Boys II Stars-and-Stripes Bikini Kid Dancing Under WaterfallUncredited extra [103]
Not present in final cut
2004 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Carla Santini
2007 Transformers Mikaela Banes
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Sophie Maes
2008 Whore Lost
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Mikaela Banes
2009 Jennifer's Body Jennifer Check
2010 Jonah Hex Tallulah Black / Lilah
2010 Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphins Hawaiian Spinner DolphinsVoice role
2010 Passion Play Lily Luster
2011 Friends with Kids Mary Jane
2012 The Dictator Herself
2012 This Is 40 Desi
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O'Neil [104]
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows April O'Neil
2018Think Like a DogPost-production
2019 Zeroville Soledad Paladin
2019Battle of Jangsa-ri 9.15 Marguerite Higgins Post-production
2019Above the ShadowsJulianaPost-production
TBA Big Gold Brick JacquelineFilming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002–03 Ocean Ave. Ione StarrMain cast
2003 What I Like About You ShannonEpisode: "Like a Virgin (Kinda)"
2004 Two and a Half Men PrudenceEpisode: "Camel Filters and Pheromones"
2004 The Help Cassandra RidgewayMain cast
2004 Boss Girl CandaceTelevision film
2004–06 Hope & Faith Sydney ShanowskiMain cast, season 2–3
2011 Robot Chicken Herself / Lois LaneVoice role; Episode: "The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"
2012 Robot Chicken DC Universe Special Lois Lane Voice role; Television film
2012 Wedding Band Alexa JordanEpisode: "I Love College"
2016–17 New Girl Reagan Lucas Recurring role, season 5–6, starting when Zooey Deschanel was on maternity leave
2018 Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox HostCo-creator and executive producer

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2007 Transformers: The Game Mikaela Banes
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Mikaela Banes

Music videos

YearArtistTitleNotes
2009 Panic! at the Disco "New Perspective"Supporting the film Jennifer's Body
2010 Eminem featuring Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie"

Awards and nominations

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