Over her career, Megan Fox has received a lot of stick for her “sexy” persona. From Transformers to Jennifer’s Body, the characters she’s typically portrayed have been predominantly physically appealing and she’s adopted a ‘femme fatale’ identity.
But, according to a recent interview, this has come with some major drawbacks for Fox. During an interview marking the tenth-year anniversary of Jennifer’s Body, she sat down with the film’s director and spoke candidly about how being ‘hypersexualised,’ took a toll on her mental health.
“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,” she said. “It preceded a breaking point for me.”
“I think I had a genuine psychological breakdown where I wanted just nothing to do,” she went on to say: “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 actress also commented on how her #MeToo experiences were met with a lack of interest and care due to the fact that the movement had not yet started. She said that she felt her experiences were brushed off because she was “ahead of her time” telling them.
“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,'” Fox explained. “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.”
You can check out the full interview here.