Megan Fox may be an action star, a brunette beauty with striking blue eyes and an actress that the men’s magazines go ga-ga over, but she doesn’t think she has much in common with another actress with a strikingly similar past pedigree.
“People compare me to Angelina Jolie, and she’s so serious and stoic,” Megan told the New York Times Magazine. “I’m the opposite. When I do interviews, I say things that I think are hysterical. But because we live in a world of sound bites, you’re not allowed to have a sense of humor. Sarcasm doesn’t translate in print at all. And neither does self-deprecating humor. I’m not a tigress like Angelina. Of course, people want me to be. But I want to be the contradiction of that.”
While the “Transformers” franchise actress has offered plenty of quotes that would indicate she is in fact a “tigress,” like once saying she would “eat” Zac Efron, the actress said sometimes the Megan people read about, is actually someone else entirely.
“When I sit down to talk to men’s magazines, there’s a certain character that I play,” she told the mag. “She’s not fully fleshed out — she doesn’t have her own name — but she shows up to do men’s magazine interviews. There’s something so ridiculous about always being in your underwear in those magazines, and you know the interview is going to run opposite those pictures. So, there’s a character that talks to all of them.”
Megan said she also isn’t the woman described in the anonymous “Transformers” crew letter, which surfaced after she compared director Michael Bay to “Hitler” in an interview, and which suggested she was “thankless, classless, graceless” and an “unfriendly b****.”
“I know that the things they said about me in the crew letter were not true, but Bay is not happy with some of the things I’ve said about him,” Megan said. “I was waiting for someone to defend me, to say, ‘That’s not accurate,’ but nobody did. I think it’s because I’m a girl. They left me out there to be bludgeoned to death.”
Some of the comments that have got Megan headlines and into hot water have actually prompted the actress to consider heading online to sort things out.
“Sometimes I so desperately want to clarify. I recently had an urge to get a Twitter account to explain myself. But me contradicting a news story is not going to make my words fact. It will just create a new news story,” she said. “There’s no solving this: It’s completely its own monster. You have to come up with clever ways of getting your control back.”
And the actress is smart enough to know that if she had not made some of the comments she did over the years, that she wouldn’t be getting the attention or roles she’s getting now.
“If I had been a typical starlet and said all the right things, I wouldn’t have escalated to this level,” she said. “I sit down and do an interview and I talk like a person and that, for some reason, is shocking. All women in Hollywood are known as sex symbols. You’re sold, and it’s based on sex. That’s OK, if you know how to use it.
“It’s been a crazy year,” she continued. “I’ve learned that being a celebrity is like being a sacrificial lamb. At some point, no matter how high the pedestal that they put you on, they’re going to tear you down. And I created a character as an offering for the sacrifice. I’m not willing to give my true self up. It’s a testament to my real personality that I would go so far as to make up another personality to give to the world. The reality is, I’m hidden amongst all the insanity. Nobody can find me.”