Megan Fox: “I love Shia to death, I love him unconditionally”

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Yesterday, Kaiser brought us news of Megan Fox, a.k.a., “Megan 2.0: The Supporting Actress Years,” who has evidently taken some public relations lessons and now speaks quite rationally in terms of waiting to have a baby until she makes more money. In addition, Megan also recently quit her restrictive vegan diet and has subsequently gained a few pounds, which makes her look a lot more human. Here’s a question though — why would a vegan have ever claimed to eat red velvet cake every night before bed? Sure, maybe it’s an adapted “vegan” recipe, but Megan has also said that she’ll starve to death before cooking for herself, so I imagine that her version of veganism was a lot of raw food and, basically, not eating much at all. Why am I even bothering to question Fox’s words? It’s not that I think Megan Fox is a liar, but I do believe that she has a history of making sh*t up in interviews (like when she claimed to be “OCD”), and that’s hard to forget. She probably didn’t say all that wacky stuff out of any malicious intent, but I have a hunch that she’s probably socially awkward to a degree and resorted to making things up to sound more entertaining during interviews.

At any rate, Megan is trying to revamp her reputation in the industry, so during her TIFF promotional duties for Friends With Kids, Fox sat down with Moviefone to discuss her relief at not only trying her hand at ensemble comedy but also playing a character who is “not a jerk” and is “more human” than those she’s taken on before. She also expresses concern that people view her as “a robot,” but that impression might be less about her previous roles and more about her botoxed, Photoshopped face. Just saying.

Speaking of humanization, a strange thing happened during the recent promotion for Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon; that is, the boorish behavior of Michael Bay and Shia LeBeouf, which was geared towards promoting the film at the expense of humiliating Megan, actually caused a lot of people to feel sorry for her. Yes, she deserved to be fired for badmouthing Bay in the press, but she didn’t deserve the promotional mudslinging from Bay. She also didn’t deserve to be called a Spice Girl feminist by Shia, nor did he have any right to expose their prior hookup(s) in a Details interview. However upset that Megan might have been about all of this “Boys Club” behavior, she kept her mouth shut in an unprecedented display of restraint. Now, Megan tells Moviefone what she was really thinking during that whole mess:

On Why She Didn’t Defend Herself Against Shia’s Words: I didn’t want to talk about it while they’re on the press tour because I didn’t want to try to throw mud at them. I didn’t want that movie to suffer. Especially because I love Shia. I wanted that movie to do well for him. I didn’t want to have this big media war over something that really was so silly and it would have just been my ego needing to engage in a war, at that point. Of course, there will be a time when I want to tell my side of the story. I just don’t feel it was appropriate while they were promoting the movie. Like, “She’s trying to take away from the movie.” So it was best to let them say what they were going to say. It’s fine.

On Watching Transformers: Dark of the Moon: I haven’t seen it yet, but I will see it. I mean, if they hadn’t been hitting me so hard on the press tour, I would have gone to the theater. But I felt like that would have been a disaster: Me sitting with a packed theater of people watching the movie. So I didn’t go. I mean, I have nothing against watching it. And I love Shia to death; I love him unconditionally. And I love that crew. I’m really close to the hair, makeup and wardrobe that made that movie. I want to see it for them. I know it looked amazing in the trailer. Out of all three trailers, that was the trailer that I was like, “Wow, sh*t, this is a huge movie.” So I think it will be an interesting, fun thing to watch, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

On Her Past Interviews: That’s sort of the most … like the feeling of betrayal — that you have as a celebrity or an actor or entertainer — I think comes from meeting with journalists and feeling like, Hey, I had a good conversation with you, then you read the article and it’s like, Wow! Well, that’s not the angle that I thought you were going to take. You need to sell this magazine, I understand, but, sh*t, I just didn’t realize it was going to go in that direction. So you have to become a little bit jaded with press in that sense. You have to just guard yourself, because you never know what people are going to do. Like I said, I used to have a lot of fun in interviews — I’d be playful, I’d be sarcastic. But there’s too much room for someone to take what I was saying and cut it up, rearrange it, and throw it on “Extra.” It’s insane. You have to be really strong. You have to just shut yourself off to the criticism at some point.

On Being “More Human” In Friends With Kids: I just think the idea is that because most of the way that people have seen me, it’s the glorified pin-up girl with motorcycle boots who is also fighting to save the world. It’s not necessarily someone who you connect with because they’re not real people necessarily who exist like that — the glossy lips in the middle of the desert. In Jennifer’s Body I was this crazy — it’s this wonderful Diablo Cody script, but it’s so kooky and so weird and I was eating people. It’s just a very strange movie. You don’t necessarily see the human side of whoever is playing that person. And I just think the media, in general, I just don’t really get portrayed as someone who has feelings or who is sympathetic. Or I sort of am portrayed as this — I feel — like a self-absorbed ice queen. Maybe. And I think the people who see me in a role that allows me to be more human — I don’t know another word to use to describe it — is why people are saying it’s a good move to have done.

For the most part I’m really strong with how much bullsh*t I had piled upon me for so long. But, you know, I care about people. I care about my life and I love people. I’m not this robot. I feel people think I’m almost like a robot — like an android. And that I’m all about me and my thoughts are all about me. That I want to be famous. I know one thing I’ve heard a lot is, “Does she say the things that she says because she wants attention? It’s attention-seeking.” But I always felt like, if that were the case, wouldn’t I display some sort of attention-seeking behavior, which I’ve never done. I’ve always tried to live a really normal, private, quiet life. So I just think I’ve always really allowed room for the media to sort of chop my words and put their own narrative on it and create this salacious sound bite that goes everywhere. And because of that I feel like people just have no idea what I’m like or who I am. I feel like it’s a mystery. Which is OK. It could be a good thing. But obviously there are times when you struggle with it because being misunderstood 90 percent of the time is difficult because you want to clarify. But you deal with it.

[From Moviefone]

Yes, Megan’s getting some good PR advice right now, and it’s flowing into this interview. She sounds more mature than ever before, and I hope the trend continues. She very nearly almost slipped up while talking about her role in Jennifer’s Body but redeemed herself by praising Diablo Cody’s script. So Megan is steadily learning to play the Hollywood game, which at least gives her some promise towards not messing up any possible goodwill that she might earn in these ensemble comedies that she’s got going on right now. Hopefully, her role in The Dictator with Sacha Baron Cohen will take her a few places as well. Of course, I admit that I’m secretly rooting for Megan Fox not so much for herself but because it would be nice to watch Michael Bay eat his words someday too. After all, something needs to take that douchebag down someday.

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33 Responses to “Megan Fox: “I love Shia to death, I love him unconditionally””

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  1. brin says:

    Good for her! Michael Bay & Shia La Douche both need to be taken down a couple of notches.

  2. Cherry says:

    I fully agree, team Megan all the way, woohoo! It’s so weird how Bay’s and LeBoeuf’s douchebaggery has worked out for her. I never thought I would be rooting for Megan Fox in any way, but here I am. Go Megan, go Megan *waves*

  3. neelyo says:

    AFter that whole Bay/LeBouf/Spielberg debacle I became a Megan Fox fan by default. She still talks too much but she’ll learn but she definitely comes out ahead by taking the high road. Good job.

  4. Eve says:

    I’m rooting for her too. Not only because (in spite of what people say about her) I don’t think she’s got what it takes to be a major bitch like some of her peers. I don’t think she has that “mean bitch” quality, get it?

    Also because I hate Michael Bay with the burning passion of a thousand suns and Shia LaDouche is working his way to that too.

  5. gloaming says:

    I’m with brin. Bay and LeDouche are both world class tools.

  6. mln76 says:

    Did anyone else smirk a little at the ‘really close to the crew’ quote. No honey you aren’t that’s why they wrote that public letter about how awful you were on-set.

    BUT that being said as annoying,fake, and medicre as she is Bay and Shia are epic douches. Am definitely Team Fox by default.

  7. Eleonor says:

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Team Megan.

  8. Sammi says:

    @mln76

    But wasn’t that letter posted by Michael Bay on his own website? A bit sketchy IMO.

    Nevertheless, I agree that as annoying as Megan is I would rather read about her than any of her smarmy ex-coworkers from the Transformers franchise.

  9. Flan says:

    Like lots of people here, the juvenile meanness of Bay and Shia made me like her for the first time. Wanted to go to that movie, but didn’t just because they were so annoying.

    She continues to show she became a lot wiser, especially where she says she did not want to ruin the movie.

    She sounds a lot more adult than Bay, who is a lot older than her.

    Oh and Shia is real ugly.

  10. gee says:

    This interview was really good. Not only did she come off really well, but it was actually interesting.

  11. Seal Team 6 says:

    As said in prior threads, Megan wasn’t vegan. She had an eating disorder and an unhealthy diet that she called “vegan” to appear as if she didn’t have said eating disorder.

    I have vegan friends who are marathon and ultra runners, bodybuilders, triathletes, etc. I myself am a strict vegetarian who is a runner.

    I am glad she is eating healthy. Women in this country have such bad self body images. And, Michael Bay is a major tool who is known to be sexist on set and in his movies.

    Go Megan. Never thought I’d say that.

  12. Eve says:

    @ Sammi:

    (@mln76) But wasn’t that letter posted by Michael Bay on his own website? A bit sketchy IMO.

    It was something like that. His website or something related to him — then he took it down and said he “didn’t condone the letter in any way”, but…you know…only after every single gossip site on the planet had copied and pasted on their own pages. I hate him. I don’t trust anything he does or says.

  13. Kiki says:

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but she actually sounds mature. And smart. I’m inclined to root for her from now on.

  14. mln76 says:

    @Eve and Sammi I still believe that most of what was in that letter was true. I do think she was obnoxious and unprofessional on-set. I just think Bay was worse.
    I am not about to go all out and support Megan 100% those pictures with her ‘furrowed’ brow,the Marilyn Monroe diss, the whole fake vegan line to hide her anorexia haven’t been forgotten.

  15. Jezi says:

    She sounds really good in this interview. I like how she didn’t bash Bay or Shia and said that she wasn’t going to go into a mud slinging war during promotion of the film, even though she could’ve. I don’t even think she had to, they made themselves look ridiculous without her saying a word. Idk, I’m starting to like her.

  16. Original Bee says:

    Wow, Megan’s PR team deserves a medal for turning that narcissistic ball of Id into something resembling a reasonable human being. But, I still believe the Megan from before is the real Megan. And Megan Fox 2.0 is just a product of many hours of media training and coaching. However, old or new Megan is far more tolerable than Michael Bay or Shia “The Beef”.

  17. Jayna says:

    I changed my mind on her about a year or more ago when she was on Leno. Adorable, beautiful and had a great sense of humor about herself.

  18. Mouse says:

    This just makes me think a new PR team got paid a ton of money and spent hours coaching her not to run her mouth, doesn’t make me warm up to her at all.

    Every time she opens her mouth, she pisses me off. Vegan my ass. Thanks for making it sound like veganism was to blame for YOUR anorexia. And isn’t this the interview that she says she’d like to be an archaeologist if she wasn’t an actress? Uh huh, is that why she bitched about Bay arranging a tour of the pyramids for his actors during filming? Never going to be a fan of this vapid twat.

  19. whitedaisy says:

    I am with Original Bee and Mouse; the first Megan was the genuine one. Megan 2.0 is a PR-coached wunderkind.

  20. Pyewacket says:

    Nothing odd about a vegan eating Red Velvet cake. I have a friend who is vegan and an eater of Red Velvet cake.

    As for Fox, I have never really disliked her, so I hope she can get some jobs again, and improve her acting.

    To be honest, I found Jennifer’s Body to be kind of funny.

  21. Seal Team 6 says:

    Jennifer’s Body was actually quite good.

  22. Amanda G says:

    I really like her answer about the Shia rumors. She’s right, it was best that she stayed quiet until the right time. Team Megan as well!

  23. Bella Bella says:

    I’ve always loved Megan. She’s like my guilty pleasure of actresses. I hope her face unfreezes and she starts getting some really great movies. Michael Bay’s an asshole, for sure.

  24. jover says:

    I side with original bee and mouse; go on youtube and watch the talk show interviews for t2 from 2 summers’ ago; that was the real megafarse – self-absorbed, dumb, stunningly hollow – couldn’t even carry on an actual conversation – remember, its hollyweird where all is surface and glitz – great pr team, though.

  25. serena says:

    I really am pitying her now. I mean, it happens to be misjudged. She’s not the brightest star but she can shine and I hope she’ll really find her place and do good.
    Bay must eat shit, and Shia too. Those two douchebags..

  26. Turtle Dove says:

    Bedhead – Great write up. Thanks.

    Megan came across as mature in the interview and shows that she is far more adult than others involved. I think that she’s being authentic but restraining her normal honesty and acerbic personality.

    That being said… isn’t it sad that a woman has to restrain her personality in order to fit into the establishment and be accepted?

  27. ADS says:

    Good for her. Hope she’s turned a corner. Shia and Bay are two pathetic grown ass men that saw fit to tear apart a woman publicly to humiliate her but more so to promote their movie. Whatever Fox looks like she will always look a million times better than Shia, who has totally lost his cute looks and now resembles a bloated hamster.

  28. Hakura says:

    I was really surprised by her… very intelligent, well phrased answer to the first question (regarding why she decided not to speak out publicly against MB & Shia right away). I didn’t even think about the fact that any public-response against them (at that time) would be automatically perceived as her trying to take away from the movie.

    I’ve always considered myself good with words, & very tactful… And I couldn’t haven’t come up with a better response if I tried. I’m still not a fan, & I’m sure she’ll still have plenty of stupid things to say & do in the future. But at least she appears to be learning.

  29. Blithe says:

    I love that she talked about how the press can completely contort what you say. Honestly, I think that that’s the majority of what happened to her career. She was candid, and they took it and ran with it. She’s gorgeous and apparently still getting work, so I hope she gets back on top. And I hope she gets an acting coach or something. She’s beautiful to watch but it doesn’t count if it’s embarrassingly acted.

  30. Blithe says:

    Oh yeah…and I’m tripping over the fact that she didn’t call Shia out for what he did to her recently. But, like she says, she’d like to tell her side of the story “someday”. Maybe calling him a prick doesn’t work for her schedule right now. M’kay Megan. I’ll wait…

  31. Ramona Q says:

    I don’t think she knows what “unconditional love” means.

  32. Jeremy Bentham says:

    Now if she’d only get back to the TF1 weight, tan, laser off the tatts and remove the implants. WTF happened to this girl’s looks? She went from as close to a 10 as there is to a plastic wax figure propped up on toothpicks.

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