FOX EXPLAINS HER SILENCE ON #METOO
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.