Megan Fox: ‘I had a psychological breakdown after Jennifer’s Body’

Jennifer's Body (2009)- Official Trailer

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Hollywood icon Megan Fox recently turned 35-years-old on May 16, 2021. The star has been working as an actor since 2001, where she made her debut as Brianna Wallace in the Olsen Twins’ Holiday in the Sun. Six years later she became a global superstar when she starred in Michael Bay’s Transformers as Michaela Banes, the girlfriend of Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf). After being voted Sexiest Woman In The World in 2008 by FHM Magazine, the star hit some trouble both personally and professionally.

In 2009, shortly after Bay’s sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was released, Fox appeared in Jennifer’s Body.

The movie followed the titular character, a high-school cheerleader, who became an undead demonic force who ate teenage boys for sustenance.

In an interview with Movies Online at the time, Fox explained why she joined the horror-comedy movie, saying: “I think what I loved about the movie is it’s so unapologetic and how completely inappropriate it is at all times. That was my favourite part about the script and about the character.

“It’s fun to be able to say the s**t that she got to say and get away with it and how people find it charming.”

Unfortunately for Fox, this was the beginning of a very tough personal time for her.

Speaking in a candid interview with Entertainment Tonight in 2019, Fox, revealed: “There was so much going on with me at that time, [Jennifer’s Body] being picked apart was not at the top of [my list of concerns].

“I had such a fraught relationship with the public, and the media, and journalists, and I was struggling so much at that time in general, this didn’t stand out as a particularly painful moment, it was just part of the mix.”

Throughout her films at the time, Fox was constantly earmarked as a sex symbol, rather than an actress. Something she struggled with on a day-to-day basis.

She continued: “It wasn’t just that movie, it was everyday of my life, all the time, with every project I worked on and every producer I worked with. It preceded a breaking point for me.”

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Fox went on to admit: “I think I had a genuine psychological breakdown where I wanted just nothing to do.

“I didn’t want to be seen, I didn’t want to have to take a photo, do a magazine, walk a carpet, I didn’t want to be seen in public at all because the fear, and the belief, and the absolute certainty that I was going to be mocked, or spat at.

“Or someone was going to yell at me, or people would stone me or savage me for just being out… so I went through a very dark moment after that.”

The star also revealed she didn’t feel supported by her Hollywood peers, despite speaking out about her frustrations just a few years before the #MeToo movement.

Fox went on: “I feel like I was sort of out and in front of the #MeToo movement before the #MeToo movement happened.

“I was speaking out and saying: ‘Hey, these things are happening to me and they’re not OK.’

“And everyone was like: ‘Oh well, f**k you. We don’t care, you deserve it.’ Because everybody talked about how you looked or how you dressed or the jokes you made.”

Through her struggles, the actor revealed, she also looked to feminists to help her in her time of need – but to no avail.

Fox went on: “Even though I consider myself a feminist, I feel like feminists don’t want me to be a part of their group.

“What is supporting other females if there is only certain ones of us we support? If I have to be an academic or have to be non-threatening to you in some way? Why can’t I be a part of the group as well?”

The actress has recently changed her outlook in acting, having just starred in family film Think Like A Dog and army shooter Rogue.

She will be starring alongside Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac in the upcoming dark comedy movie Big Gold Brick later this year.

Jennifer’s Body is available to watch on Disney Plus. 

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