Megan Fox used to think 30 was old: ‘What’s the point of going on at that age?’

Spoilers for New Girl follow
Megan Fox is promoting her story arc on The New Girl. She plays a pharmaceutical rep who becomes a new roommate while Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is away on jury duty. In real life Zooey was on maternity leave for those episodes, she welcomed daughter Elsie Otter in October. Fox’s first episode aired last night and E! has some details. Apparently her character used to hook up with Cece, which sounds like it was written just for Fox considering the kind of stories she used to tell the press.

Anyway Fox was on Ellen yesterday, and she talked about the fact that she’s about to turn 30. I don’t mean to sound rude, but I thought she was about 34 or 35 already. I think that’s because she’s done so much to her face, however gorgeous she remains, that she has that frozen look of women who are older. In the past, Fox thought that 30 year-old people were over the hill but she’s revised that opinion now that she’s about to turn 30.

She doesn’t let her boys (2 and 3) watch television
They’re allowed to watch movies. They watch Nemo… mostly Pixar movies, a couple of Disney movies. I keep technology very limited. [Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles] is too much for babies. I did show Noah [3] the trailer for it and… [he said] ‘Mommy you can’t be in there. The monsters might get you.’

On turning 30
When you’re young, that sounds so old. When you’re in high school or even when you’re in your early 20s it sounds like, ‘You know when I’m 30 I should just give up. Like what’s the point of going on at that age?’ And then you turn 30, I’m turning 30 later this year, you don’t feel any older at all.

Ellen: When I was older I would think someone 50 or 60 years old was like…
In a hospice.

[From Ellen and E! Online]

I don’t understand Fox’s distinction that she doesn’t let her kids watch television but she lets them watch movies. PBS has great kids shows especially without commercials, but maybe she means that most TV shows for kids are too fast paced. Some of them, like Powerpuff Girls, make my head hurt.

In terms of turning 30, I sort-of understand that. I guess I used to feel that way when I was young, but I hardly remember it. Whenever I feel old I just talk to my mom and she tells me about her early 40s and I figure that I have it pretty good now.

Fox also stars in sequel to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, Out of the Shadows, which had a new trailer which aired during the Superbowl. It’s out in June and you know it will make bank even though it looks crappy. The last one made almost half a billion dollars.

Here’s a clip from Fox’s appearance on Ellen:

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  1. yikes says:

    I thought she was older…

    • Camille says:

      Me too, she looks older than 30…

    • Bread and Circuses says:

      I think she’s always acted more mature than people give her credit for. She was a stepmom in a solid relationship at a young age, yet she never came across as being unready for that level of responsibility.

      I think she’s a serious and capable young woman, always has been, and it affects how old people assume she is.

  2. Bichon says:

    I’m 64, but my generation coined the phrase, “Never trust anyone over 30.” It’s all perspective and relative.

    • sherry says:

      I’m 53 and I agree on the perspective. When I was a senior in high school, one of my classmates was secretly “dating” the football coach who was 26. I remember thinking, “Ewwww … he’s so OLD!!!” Now that I’m 53, I don’t feel old, I just feel like me.

      Megan will find that she ages, she will feel the same.

      • Wren says:

        When we were 19 my best friend’s boyfriend was 33 and I remember thinking the exact same thing. Yuck, he’s SO OLD!!! And at the time, he was. He was super immature, of course, and my friend wasn’t experienced enough to understand why he went after her in the first place, but I do remember being disgusted at how freaking old he was.

      • Fiona says:

        I don’t think 33 is old but it is way too old to be dating a teenager. Disgusting.

  3. Minxx says:

    LOL.. but I understand her. Facing 30 was the worst for me, definitely meant the end of my “youth” (I know, I was silly). Turning 40, however, was much, much easier.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I had no issues with 30, it was 31 that bothered the hell out of me. I think it was because of the 1…I was in my thirties instead of just thirty.

      I’m turning 40 this fall and I’m okay with it, at least for now. Maybe it’s partly because no-one believes me when I tell them my age. I’m often told I look close to ten years younger, so that definitely helps soothe my ego, lololol. :P

      • HoustonGrl says:

        The same thing happened to me! 30 was a breeze, but 31 felt so strange. I actually cried on my birthday. At least I didn’t cry into the cake.

      • Kitten says:

        I can never get that down with that compliment though.
        Like when a 25-year-old is all “Wow, you’re THIRTY-SEVEN?!?! I never would have guessed!!” all that does is remind me how ancient she thinks 37 is.

        I don’t know…I don’t find that flattering personally.

      • LadyMTL says:

        KItten, I never actually looked at it that way, hahaha. Would it change things if the person who says it is older than you? I’ve heard it from both older and younger, maybe that’s why I generally take it as a nice compliment.

      • prettylights says:

        Same here. I actually felt pretty fine about 30, it was just weird thinking about officially being a ‘grown up’ and how I should throw away some of the clothes I still have from college (ha ha!). But turning 31 2 months ago got to me. I was so depressed on my birthday. People kept wishing me a happy birthday and I just wanted to punch everyone in the face. In all actuality I feel more happy and content the older I get, but yes I think it’s a thing about being ‘in my 30′s’ now. Also, I’m starting to get more wrinkles around my eyes when I smile and man I am not looking forward to getting more, but whatever – I guess I smile and laugh a lot and that shows!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        @Kitten
        Wait until they start saying “you must have been gorgeous when you were young.” That’s a buzz kill.

      • Wren says:

        My husband was the same. 30? Meh. 31? Omg I’m old now and I must stress out about it!

    • sherry says:

      30 was hard for me too. Though I kept telling people I was fine with turning 30 and it was just a number. However, for no apparent reason, I cried the day before, the day of and the day after my 30th birthday, so there was something in my subconscious that didn’t like turning 30.

      40 and 50 were a breeze! I love my birthdays! It beats not being here at all!

    • OhDear says:

      Yeah, at my grad school there was a slew of “oh crap, oh crap, I’m getting old, I need to get married, I need to have children NOW” when people (mostly women) started nearing 30.

    • Katarina says:

      I’m turning 34 in April and am slightly freaking out. Don’t know if I should be. But I am.

    • Embee says:

      I turned 30 having just learned of my then-husband’s affair and facing divorce (he was also a twit) and it was the WORST. I felt like I was too old to find my life partner and spend the time building a foundation before starting a family and yet I still wanted to do those things.

      As it turns out life had completely amazing plans that did not include a husband but did include a very cool kid and then life partner 20 years my senior, so… perspective. Turning 40 rocked. I was like “Phew, i made it!”

    • Anne tommy says:

      I’m nearly sixty. I don’t like it but it’s better than the alternative.

    • Carol says:

      @Minxx Turning 30 for me was way harder than turning 40. 30 meant I was no longer “young” and I was now officially an adult (the fact that the state regarded me as an adult at age 18 didn’t coincide with my underdeveloped mind).

      What gets me is what did she think of her former husband? He was way older than 30 when they got together. She must of thought she was in love with grandpa. While Brian Austin Green probably thought he was 20 again.

  4. kri says:

    She’s right, her advice is excellent-should take it and just go away. And take those nightmare turtle things with you, you Plasticene nitwit.

  5. Anastasia says:

    30 is when my life got really good!

  6. knower says:

    I think it’s just perspective. When all you’ve known is youth, the transition to that 30 and up demographic can be disorienting. Just like @Bichon said above, every youth of each generation has/had their own version of disdain for adults and growing older. The 60s had it! We have it now! Bottomline – the surroundings and context change in the world, but humans don’t! For a lot of young people, 30 seems like the end of the line for youth, fun, sexiness, desirability, freedom, all those things you associate with being young. And of course, that’s not true!

    Full disclosure: I’m 28. I understand what she’s talking about. It’s hard to articulate without hurting the feelings of those way over 30.

    • Pandy says:

      I remember as a kid figuring out the year I’d be 30 and 40 etc. It was in a different century ffs. Felt like a long time away at that time.

  7. CornyBlue says:

    I cried when i turned 19 cos i thought the good life would be over at 21. It happens.

    • SugarQuill says:

      Ha! I thought I was the only person that had a mini-meltdown on their 19th birthday. Glad to hear that I’ve got company. :D

    • Naddie says:

      Count me in. 20s were like, the end of it all.

    • pinetree13 says:

      I cried when I was 10 because I knew none of my friends were playing with toys anymore and that it was something I would have to leave behind as I transitioned to adulthood. I remember that moment very clearly and how sad I felt. It makes me sad even to think of it.

  8. Little Darling says:

    She’s mellowed out and become much more tolerable after she had her kids. I like her a lot, not the brightest bulb, but fairly harmless.

    I think with the tv she means her kids aren’t plugged in all of the time and she has some control over the content.

    I just turned 40, it doesn’t feel nearly as old as I thought it would, and I actually feel like it’s the time to hit my stride. My kids are older and my career is established. Loving it!

  9. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    As someone who is turning 40 in less than a month f you! Seriously I thought 30 was so old, now I’m turning 40 and .. I dont feel old but I don’t like it.

  10. Esther says:

    i think it has changed a lot. we get older and lots of stuff happens later in life. a lot of people are living with their parents way longer.

    i used to think 30 is old too but i was 14 then and when someone is more than twice as old as you are well that IS old.

    • V4Real says:

      Yep I think most teens thought 30 to be old when they were young. When I was 16 and I met someone who was 30 I was like wow, they are old. I guess at 40 they must have been senior citizens to me.

      I work with teens now who view 30 as old. I just say I used to have that same thought when I was your age.

  11. funcakes says:

    They can officially cancel “New Girl” now. It has officially jumped the shark.
    To bad they couldn’t find an actual comedian instead of going for the horny fanboy crowd.
    Amy Shummer would have been perfect to fill in as her “Trainwreck” character,but no way they can afford her now.

    • Kitten says:

      Right? I’m surprised at this casting choice. Then again, I didn’t watch New Girl past the first season, which I enjoyed.

  12. swak says:

    I’m 62 and have never had an issue with turning any age. Guess it’s all in how you look at it. I had students that wanted to guess my age but instead I would tell them because anything they guessed would have been horrendous (teenagers have no concept of age some days). Also, I just recently stopped playing soccer and still play softball during the summer. I also had my mom as a role model and age never bothered her.

  13. QQ says:

    Oh Her Face!! makes mine Hurt irrespective of this sinus infection im working on

  14. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    When I was in college, I got a letter from my father saying he couldn’t believe he was 50. I cried, thinking he would be dead soon and how much I would miss him. He turned 90 today. Lol the things we put ourselves through for nothing.

  15. Nikki says:

    I just turned 60 but am pronouncing it “sexty”! Let me tell you ALL a truth: whatever energy you spend bemoaning any sags, wrinkles, spots, or veins, when you get to be 75, you’ll look at pictures of yourself at 40, 50, and 60 and say, “What the hell was I so worried about?! I looked GREAT!” I also remind myself of how my friend Lynne, who passed from cancer, would give anything for my wrinkles…

    • bluhare says:

      Amen, Nikki. There are a lot of people who don’t get to be older. We should be glad we do!

      Note to self: Take own advice.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree, Nikki, and I’m trying to look at it just that way – it’s a privilege to get older. Count your blessings.

  16. Naddie says:

    I had the very same concept of age she’s had. After 29 everyone is old. Fortunately I woke up.

  17. tracking says:

    Oh lord, stop messing with your face, Megan. Forget 30, it makes you look like a well-preserved 50. That is all.

  18. nicegirl says:

    Remember how pretty she was in Mean Girls? Her natural face was gorgeous.

  19. Angelica says:

    Yep, she’s 29…it’s easy for me to remember because I have a whole class of celebs born in 1986 which is when I was born. I’ll be thirty, Lindsay Lohan, the Olsen twins, and Lady freaking Gaga! That’s the weirdest one because she’s a) much more established than Lohan and Fox and b) she’s showing more years than her actual age. Happy thirtieth everyone! Lol.

  20. JenB says:

    When I read this headline it completely reminded me of the line from “Strawberry Wine.” Love that song and whole Deanna Carter album. I purchased it when I was around 17 so I could really relate to the lyric that “30 is old.” Ha.

    I turned 35 last year and it got to me a lot more than turning 30. It was like that SATC episode when Carrie turns 35 and she moves up to the next age range check box. It’s a little scary.

  21. Susan says:

    My Father always said “I don’t see anyone getting any younger”. We can do a lot with our body and mind. But unfortunately cannot freeze or turn back time (yet). Be ready for a big disappointment. Or why not just embrace life.

  22. sdfsdf says:

    I get what she is saying. You always think you are going to feel older than you really do at that future. One thing I wish I could tell my teenager self is you are not going to feel much different.

  23. thaisajs says:

    I don’t get her issues with kid’s TV either. My toddler has learned a lot from shows like Sesame Street and Daniel Tiger etc. I’m convinced she didn’t freak out when she first went to the dentist because she’d watch one of the Bubble Guppies go for a checkup. But to each mom her own…

  24. Umila says:

    I’m in this boat. I have a little time left until big 30, but every birthday has been a meltdown of me realizing how close I am to that number. I think it’s because a bunch of the kids I TA for make me feel old as hell. It doesn’t matter that everyone thinks I look younger than I am. They just make that number seem worthless and, as a person dealing with clinical depression, I don’t need anything else to make me feel worthless. Here come the tears.

    • me says:

      Trust me 30 is so young ! Don’t waste this time feeling sad about it. Every teenager thinks anyone over 24 is old. Don’t worry about it. In the spectrum of things, you’re still a baby at 30!

  25. me says:

    I remember when I turned 25 I had a bit of a mid-twenties melt-down. I wasn’t set in a career, no marriage prospects. I was made to feel like a loser. Now looking back, I’m like “damn 25 is so young. What was I so worried about ?!”. I am sure men have it different though.

  26. Josefina says:

    Well, when I was 7 I thought 21 year olds were geriatric. And how wouldn’t I think that, they were 3 times my age. Its all about perspective.

    • Adrien says:

      My 19 year old co worker throws the word “menopausal” as an insult to ladies 30 and above. She’s dumb but when I was her age I was probably meaner. When I was a teen, I once asked a 40 something costumer for a senior pass card for discount s. She threw a hissy fit and even demanded the manager that I be suspended. Back then I thought 35 is already eligible for senior card and AARP membership.

  27. themummy says:

    I’m 39 in a couple of months and I’m a-ok with it. ::shrugs:: For me, the hard one (for some strange reason) was 25. I cried on that one. After that I never really thought much about age at all. I’m far happier in my 30s than I was in my 20s, and I suspect my 40s will be rad, too. :) I’m very comfortable with me and I like that a lot.

  28. hermia says:

    We age so we have to say it’s fine because what choice do we have? But the truth of the matter is there’s nothing good about getting older, not a single thing. Choices – work, love, etc – diminish, looks wane, you have fewer years to live, people you love start dying, the lot.
    Mistrust anyone who tells you otherwise.
    All this nonsense about experience; some people are as immature at 50 as they were at 20.
    As I said, people learn to cope. But coping doesn’t mean 40 is better than 20. Because it isn’t.
    Fact is you learn to forget how magnificent it was to be 18, because otherwise you would throw yourself off a bridge lol :)

    • pinetree13 says:

      lol sadly I agree hermia. Life for me stays exciting watching my kids grow but watching my looks fade and the aches and pains after sleeping grow…it’s sad. It’s very sad to grow up.

      Just to get really downer….really it’s like all the younger you’s have died. For example, once upon a time there was a cute blonde five year old who asked a lot of questions and was very hyper. She didn’t die…but she’s long gone. Every cell in that body from back then is gone (all having been replaced) and all her thoughts and feelings are no longer the same. Sure, I have a few of her memories…but for the most part…she doesn’t exist. So when we age, it is like the younger versions of ourselves have died in a way.

      yep. Told you downer!

  29. Adrien says:

    I always get asked for an ID in shops and bars my whole twenties. I thought it was a compliment. When that stopped, I got really depressed. I got myself into shape to look younger than my actual age. I realized that people ask for my ID because I look immature and not because I look like someone who isn’t yet legal.

  30. Crispy says:

    She’s removed all the character from her face. It’s like Prisc. Presley with all her chem peels.

  31. What's inside says:

    30 is when you finally have a clue and from there it just parlays into who you are supposed to be.

  32. shannon says:

    TBH no age has bothered me much yet. I turn 40 years old this year, but *shrug*. Like someone else said, I still just feel like me. I’ve had good years and bad years, and I don’t expect that to change; I don’t think there is any magic age. They all have there ups and downs. I do know I’m a lot more comfortable in my own skin as I get older, so that’s nice, and I have more confidence. Maybe 50 will bum me out, idk. I think age, like weight, is way overrated when it comes to who one is as a person and how much happiness one has or doesn’t have.