For the 10th anniversary of cult classic Jennifer’s Body, the film’s star Megan Fox spoke about how her life at the time and the way she was treated by fans, the media, and people in Hollywood during that period.
Fox, who is still only 33-years-old, seems like she’s been around forever and she kind of has. Her first film appearance was way back in 2001 in the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen film Holiday in the Sun.
She followed that up with small parts in Bad Boys II and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, but it was her role of Mikaela Banes in Michael Bay’s 2007 film Transformers that shot her to superstardom and made her a household name.
That movie and its sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen led to Fox being given the lead role in the film Jennifer’s Body, written by Diablo Cody about a newly possessed high school cheerleader who turns into a succubus that specializes in killing her male classmates.
The movie didn’t do well at the box office and was panned by critics, but has since gained a bit of a cult following.
Not that Fox noticed any of that, according to a recent interview she did with Entertainment Tonight.
“There was so much going on with me at that time, that movie being picked apart was not at the top of [my list of concerns],” Fox shared. “Because 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.”
For Fox, being sexualized and objectified was becoming a recurring theme when it came to her career, and the marketing plan for Jennifer’s Body was just another instance of the problem.
“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 recalled. “It preceded a breaking point for me.”
“I think I had a genuine psychological breakdown where I wanted just nothing to do,” she continued. “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.”
Fox added that the scene in Jennifer’s Body where she is sacrificed felt like a metaphor for her experiences in show business.
“I realized in filming that scene… that was really reflective of what I felt like my relationship with the movie studios at that point. Because I felt like that’s what they were willing to do. To literally leave me die,” said Fox.
It’s all good now though, even if people don’t think she works very much anymore.
“I get this all the time, people will be like, ‘You just don’t really work that much,'” Fox said. “And it’s like, I have given birth, I have gestated and given birth to three children. I stared in a movie that opened world wide, number one — twice! I was on a critically acclaimed sitcom. I f**king executive produced and created a show about archaeological controversies! How much more f**king productive does a f**king women need to be? F**k you!”