Megan Fox is back with a new Travel Channel show, Legends of the Lost. It’s sort of based on one of Megan’s big loves, which is “all of the Ancient Aliens programming.” If you’ve never seen Ancient Aliens, you need to, because those shows are super-enjoyable. How did the pyramids get made? Aliens. Who was Jesus? An alien. Why are the dinosaurs extinct? Aliens. And on and on. Well, Megan loves that show and she wanted to host her own version of it, so she pitched Legends of the Lost, with herself in the host/Indiana Jones role. She also executive produced the show, and she’s been promoting it for weeks. She chatted with the New York Times about ancient mysteries and Me Too and more. Some highlights:
How the show happened: A few years back, Megan Fox awoke to an epiphany: “I think that I can find the ark of the covenant,” she told herself. “I’ve always been really been passionate about ancient peoples and ancient religions and ancient magic practices, not knowing what to do with it. And so I started pitching a show. I feel drawn into archaeological mysteries, and I feel that I have a purpose there. If it’s to be a literal Indiana Jones, who’s to say?”
The book that changed everything: “I had never read Erich von Däniken’s book [“Chariots of the Gods”], and that’s the first time I had ever heard of the ancient astronaut theory [which posits that extraterrestrials brought their pyramid- and monolith-building technologies to Earth during prehistoric times]. It expanded my consciousness about things I had always questioned and provided a stepping stone to keep exploring.
Whether the public owes her a retroactive apology in the wake of Me Too: “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 — at that time in my life, at that age and dealing with that level of fame — 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 it’s likely 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.
She doesn’t know if she would be seen as a sympathetic victim: “Even with the #MeToo movement, and everyone coming out with stories — and one could assume that I probably have quite a few stories, and I do — I didn’t speak out for many reasons. I just didn’t think based on how I’d been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim. And I thought if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it’s appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story. No [there’s nothing I want to say], 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.
Raising three sons: “I’m the window through which they see all women now. I’m the introduction to the divine feminine. 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 of me, it’s likely that that’s what they’ll think all men should do. It sounds simple. It’s probably not.
“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.” I don’t know, I think she’s right? We saw it unfold in real time, and of course Megan wasn’t a perfect victim and of course she *also* behaved unprofessionally, etc, but the truth is still the same: Michael Bay sexually harassed her and then when she tried to talk about it, Steven Spielberg ordered Bay to fire Fox. And that’s just what we know about, because she talked about it at the time. She was ahead of her time, however messy. Justice 4 Megan Fox.
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