WEIRDLAND: Megan Fox: beyond her pin-up image

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Megan Fox: beyond her pin-up image

"Fox is a walking bundle of contradictions, who in spite of her sharp tongue keeps pushing forward in a career which pushes out and then chews up girls like her every year. "I'm kind of a very aggressive human being and I was a very scary teenage girl," she tells me in her opening gambit. Starring in the upcoming Transformers movie Revenge of the Fallen opposite Shia LaBeouf, Fox, whose ancestors come from Tipperary, seems very at home in this macho scenario, where the special effects are the stars of the show."I'm making a movie for the masses about robots, I don't need to be a method actor here," she laughs. "But, listen, I get burned constantly, every time I open my mouth, people refuse to understand the intent of what I'm trying to say. But I made a decision early on not to be a bullshit person, because this is a bullshit industry and I need to hold on to my soul and my integrity. I can't compromise and become part of the bullshit and, if that means I get burned for the first few years of my career, then that's what it means.""I think, for now, I'm definitely labelled in the pin-up category. I haven't given people a reason to take my work seriously yet, which is my responsibility. I think the expectation for me, as far as my ability as an actress goes, is very low. I feel like that means I can only ever be an over-achiever when people expect so little from me. I don't have a specific image that I'm hoping to achieve. I just really want it to, at some point, be okay for women to be sexy because I think that's a power, a gift that we were given by God or the universe or whatever. Men were given brute strength. They were given the physical ability to overpower, but we were given sensuality and our feminine wiles"."Don't be afraid of your vagina. Don't fear your gifts. I don't think there's anything wrong with being sexy or being in your underwear, or being whatever. I think you need to have thoughts in your mind to go behind that image."Fox's next movie, Jennifer's Body, was written by Diablo Cody. She and the porn star Jenna Jameson are her role models because of the work they've done, their attitudes to their own sexuality and how they have used the industry which has more usually used and destroyed women.
"Diablo is like a post-feminist, strong woman who is not afraid of being sexual. Her book Candy Girl about her year as a stripper, I enjoyed so much and I admire her intensely. It's all about how powerful your shell is as a female"."I'm obsessed with Jenna Jameson, not in a sexual way, but for the same reason I love Diablo. She took an industry that is not kind to women and she pretty much owns it now. She is a very successful, very shrewd, business-minded woman who used something that people think makes women weak and made herself extremely strong."Given the image she has cultivated for herself as a femme fatale, it is interesting to hear Fox admit how naïve she is around men and how her usually sharp instincts have not always served her well in the dating department".

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