FOX EX­PLAINS HER SI­LENCE ON #METOO

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For the first time Me­gan Fox, 32, wears both the hat of an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and cre­ator at the same time, for the four­part travel se­ries, Leg­ends Of The Lost. In a re­cent in­ter­view, Fox, who had a pub­lic fall out and later, patchup, with di­rec­tor Michael Bay, for call­ing him “Hitler” and “a tyrant” on film sets, dis­cussed Hol­ly­wood’s treat­ment of women and why she chose to re­main silent dur­ing the #MeToo move­ment. Ex­cerpts from the in­ter­view.

Do you feel you have un­der­gone a sort of a ca­reer shift? Any other sur­prises in store?

There’s ac­tu­ally a (South) Korean movie where I’m play­ing (Mar­guerite Hig­gins of The New York Her­ald Tri­bune, who in 1951 be­came the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for in­ter­na­tional re­port­ing, for her cov­er­age of the Korean War). They brought it to me, and I was like, ‘Are you sure I’m the right per­son to cast for this?’ (Laughs) I usu­ally get of­fered the mean girl, the evil queen, the strip­per, the pros­ti­tute with a heart of gold. But it’s some­thing fresh and un­pre­dictable, and that’s ex­cit­ing.

How would you like to be seen? That’s a good spir­i­tual ques­tion. And it’s a tricky ques­tion be­cause I don’t know that it mat­ters. Nat­u­rally it does mat­ter to us, but I don’t think that it should. So that’s what I’m work­ing on tran­scend­ing.

You’ve spo­ken strongly about how Hol­ly­wood un­der­val­ues women and per­haps paid a price in terms of your ca­reer. In fact, an ar­ti­cle last year sug­gested that the pub­lic owes you an apol­ogy.

I mean, that’s a lovely sen­ti­ment, and I ap­pre­ci­ate that. (Long pause) I don’t know that I want to feel any­thing about it be­cause my words were taken and used against me in a way that was re­ally painful. I don’t want to say this about my­self, but let’s say that I was ahead of my time and so peo­ple weren’t able to un­der­stand. In­stead, I was re­jected be­cause of qual­i­ties that are now be­ing praised in other women com­ing for­ward. And be­cause of my ex­pe­ri­ence, I feel that I will al­ways be just out of the col­lec­tive un­der­stand­ing. I don’t know if there will ever be a time where I’m con­sid­ered nor­mal or re­lat­able or lik­able.

Even with the #MeToo move­ment, and ev­ery­one com­ing out with sto­ries — and I do have quite a few sto­ries — I didn’t speak out for many rea­sons. I just didn’t think that I would be a sym­pa­thetic vic­tim based on how I’d been re­ceived by peo­ple, and by fem­i­nists.

I just didn’t think that I would be a sym­pa­thetic vic­tim based on how I’d been re­ceived by peo­ple, and by fem­i­nist. ME­GAN FOX, AC­TOR

Any­thing more you’d like to say? No, be­cause I also feel like I’m not the uni­ver­sal ham­mer of jus­tice. This is not to say that other peo­ple shouldn’t do what they feel is right. But in my cir­cum­stance, I don’t feel it’s my job to pun­ish some­one be­cause they did some­thing bad to me.

You have three sons. Do you think about rais­ing good men?

Yeah, I think about it a lot. I’m the win­dow through which they see all women now. And if they feel safe with me as the main woman in their life, it’s likely they’ll feel safe with women in gen­eral. If they see their fa­ther be­ing re­spect­ful to me, it’s likely that that’s what they’ll think all men should do. It sounds sim­ple. It’s prob­a­bly not.

PHOTO: NYT

Me­gan Fox

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