Taking the world’s stage by storm after the Transformers series, Megan Fox has been said to be the hottest female in all of cyberspace as well. Buzzine‘s Emmanuel Itier gets a candid and quite revealing interview from the rising mega-star.
Emmanuel Itier: How did you identify with the character? What did you like about her and how did you identify, which are not necessarily the same?
Megan Fox: I liked that there’s something very obviously aggressive about her. It’s not real. She has really deep, unfriendly insecurities, which I can relate to, and I like that she’s much less confident than the needy character, even though she’s supposed to be, to everyone else, the more beautiful, because I’m also very realistic.
I just found her hilarious also, and I hadn’t done a comedy yet, and it seems like it would be fun, and because it was a dark comedy. I don’t think I’m a good candidate to ever be in a romantic comedy because my sense of humor doesn’t go that way, but it felt like something that I could bring something to.
EI: Would you say you have a cruel sense of humor as well?
MF: No [laughs], I wouldn’t call it cruel.
Inappropriate [laughs] — not cruel.
EI: Is beauty evil?
MF: Diablo [Cody] said that beauty is power, and power corrupts. I agree with that completely.
EI: From experience?
MF: I think that, on the other hand, the attention that other people are telling you that you are beautiful only fills insecurities and makes it unbearable.
EI: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
MF: [Laughs] I see myself. I just don’t necessarily see myself the way that the media portrays me. I’m a human being. I’m a girl.
EI: What do you feel is the greatest misconception about you?
MF: There are a lot. I think mainly that I’m very confident, because I’m not that at all.
EI: What gives you confidence or what makes you insecure?
MF: Everything makes me insecure. I’m never going to get better with that. I don’t think there’s a solution to that…
EI: There’s always therapy… [Laughs]
MF: Yeah, I’m trying that. I think I’ll only get worse as I get older. This sounds ridiculous, but I have some genuine relationships that are really validating for whatever reason — just the fact that I can maintain them and the fact, as I get older, I have a better ability to be honest and to be more selfless in a relationship, that makes me feel better. Because my face is my face, and how I look is how I look, and I can’t really do anything about that, but I can constantly progress and grow as a person.
EI: When the paparrazi chase you, how do you feel about that?
MF: It’s horrible, but it’s their job, so I can’t shit on them for doing their job.
EI: Do you feel virgins are overrated? Because so many movies…virgins and devils and demons and vampires, and even in reality — what is it about virgins that fascinate us? When you were a kid, did you have talks with your mom about virginity and things like that?
EI: What did you do?
MF: I fought against everything that I was ever taught or told, so I think that just created more of a monster, for the time being, when I was a teenager.
EI: When did you get your first boyfriend?
MF: Eighteen. I was legal.
EI: Do you use being sexy sometimes as a weapon?
MF: Yeah, constantly. [Laughs] All the time.
EI: The results are good or bad?
MF: Usually favorable for me. [Laughs]
EI: Jennifer extends her sexual power to a woman. What is your opinion about it?
MF: I think it was fitting for the character and for the friendship in the way that it was going. I think it makes sense; and then as far as people doing it in life, I’m all for whatever people want to do in their personal lives.
EI: Did you have the chance to have intense female friendships like that? Because the way you grew up, everything was considered evil or bad or something? I mean, could you actually be friends with somebody?
MF: I had one friend my whole life. She was outcast in high school as well, so we sort of bonded over that and became best friends, and she’s still my only friend and was really intense for a long time. It’s also kind of strange how, when you grow up, you grow oddly…not distant, but you just have separate lives, and that is strange. It’s kind of like a breakup because I did spend so much of my life with her when I was in school.
EI: How was high school for you? Were you more of the Needy character, or more of a Jennifer character?
MF: Neither. I think there are lots of different kinds of kids in high school. I went to a Christian school, and I was always getting in trouble with the teachers and with the principals. There’s always fighting against what they were teaching, and I always had something smart to say. I just didn’t fit in the cool crowd centered around the preacher’s daughter, and I was clearly not going to be accepted by that crowd, so I didn’t have any friends.
EI: What was your favorite subject in school? What did you like about school?
MF: Nothing, really. I was forced to take a Bible class because I went to Christian school, and actually that was oddly the most interesting course I had.
EI: When Jennifer is getting tired, she needs to recharge and kills the boy. What do you do when you are tired and need to recharge? Is there anything mentally or physically that you do and then after that you feel good?
MF: I usually smoke weed and watch Tori and Dean’s Home Sweet Hollywood. That’s what I do. I don’t have any special [laughs] routines.
EI: Do you have a favorite part of your body — and I don’t mean anything dirty by that — but generally, do you have a favorite part of your body that you really like to see in the mirror?
MF: I have to go with stomach because that’s my only thing that I don’t have to ever work out. I have like a perpetual six-pack. Everything else is a lot of work.
EI: What’s your workout?
MF: I’m doing something called Acro Yoga now, because my trainer is really obsessed with Cirque du Soleil, and if you’ve ever watched it, they have the most incredible bodies, so it’s a lot of isometric, really difficult, horrible things that I’m trying out now.
EI: If you want to feel sexy, you just wear short things…?
MF: No, I don’t ever feel sexy in small clothes. I always feel really insecure.
EI: If you want to go out and you want to feel sexy, what is the one thing you need to do that will make you feel good?
MF: This is really lame and it sounds like a lie, and a million people have said it before, but generally, I don’t like wearing makeup. If I have clean hair and a clean face, I’m more confident because I don’t feel like I’m speaking behind a mask. I feel like people are always staring at my makeup when I have it on. It feels fabricated and false.
EI: So when you go to a premiere or something, do you like to pick your own outfit?
MF: No, I don’t have taste. I have to pay people to pick out my clothes for me because I always pick out the wrong thing. I look like I’m going to the costume party when I dress by myself.
EI: Well, I think you look great at premieres. They do a great job. Keep paying them. Who is the designer of what you’re wearing now?
MF: It’s called Male. It’s from Nordstroms. I don’t know. It looks classy.
EI: What’s your favorite food? Are you into food at all?
MF: I just found out that I’m anemic, and I’m an O blood type, and apparently I’m supposed to eat a lot of protein so I’ve started eating a lot of sushi. I’m not a big steak person.
EI: Why are you anemic?
MF: Because I don’t eat enough protein to support my O blood type.
EI: All right. Going back to the horror movies, I know this is a funny, sexy, horror genre, but are you generally a fan of horror movies?
MF: I’m so manic in my personal life that I like to have no experience when I watch a movie. [Laughs] So when I go on a press tour, every city that we were in, I ordered Ice Age and Madagascar 2 and I watched them every night in every city I went to. I don’t venture to watch real movies because I’m afraid they’ll make me feel something, and I can’t handle it.
EI: You shoot these scenes — were they hard for you? I know it’s fake and make believe, but you were covered in blood and all this…
MF: The physicality of something always helps me with the acting because it obviously makes it more real, so I enjoy that, but I have plenty of emotional problems to draw on when I have to do an emotional scene. [Laughs]
EI: And the blood — did it make you faint or…?
MF: Real blood? Yes, absolutely. But fake blood, no. That’s just me. I have a distinct pain in my kidneys anytime I see real blood.
EI: In high school times, did you have these evil girls there? Not demon evil, but…?
MF: Of course girls like to prey on each other, and instantly it makes you feel bad about yourself.
EI: In religious schools, it’s worse.
MF: Sure. They’re pretty awful.
EI: You mentioned your best girlfriend and yourself were outcasts. Why?
MF: I don’t know. I just never had a lot of friends. Something about me was very not-likeable.
EI: Do you remember the popular girls?
MF: Yes, it was the preacher’s daughter. She was on the volleyball team and she was very athletic…and hated me.
EI: Have you ever met her since?
EI: Are you athletic?
MF: No, I’m not particularly athletic. I was a swimmer. I was going to go in the Olympics — that was one of my goals. I’m athletic in that sense, but not in like basketball or football…
'Jennifer's Body' in is theaters now from 20th Century Fox. How appropriate.