Megan Fox on being sexualised in Hollywood
Megan Fox being sexualised and objectified became a normal part of her career. Her film Jennifer’s Body in 2009 fueled the problem further, till it almost reached a breaking point for her.
“It wasn’t just that movie, it was every day of my life, all the time, with every project I worked on and every producer I worked with,” Fox told. “It preceded a breaking point for me.”
Megan Fox said it almost broke her
“I think I almost had a psychological breakdown. I didn’t want to be seen, I didn’t want to have to take a photo, do a magazine, walk a carpet, I didn’t want to be seen in public at all because the fear, and the belief, and the absolute certainty that I was going to be mocked, or spat at, or someone was going to yell at me, or people would stone me or savage me for just being out so I went through a very dark moment after that,” added Megan.
Megan Fox also added that her experience of opening up about being sexualized by the industry received different reactions compared to the actresses who had shared similar experiences.
“I feel like I was sort of out and in front of the #MeToo movement before the #MeToo movement happened, I was speaking out and saying, ‘Hey, these things are happening to me and they’re not OK,'” Fox explained. “And everyone was like, ‘Oh well, f**k you. We don’t care, you deserve it.’ Because everybody talked about how you looked or how you dressed or the jokes you made.”
“Even though I consider myself a feminist, I feel like feminists don’t want me to be a part of their group,” Megan said. “What is supporting other females if there is only certain ones of us we support? If I have to be an academic or have to be non-threatening to you in some way? Why can’t I be a part of the group as well?”
“Considering all of the stuff that has happened since then, and is happening on a regular basis in this country, and with celebs [stories] we have every day, I never really did anything that crazy,” Megan Fox added. “But I was really dragged through the coals for a lot of it.”
In Jennifer’s Body, Megan played Jennifer, who is sacrificed in a satanic ritual by a rock band, who wants to make a pact with the devil. She becomes possessed. However, for Megan, the scene where she is sacrificed and killed is like a strong metaphor for her experiences in show business.
“I realised in filming that scene that was really reflective of what I felt like my relationship with the movie studios at that point. Because I felt like that’s what they were willing to do. To literally leave me to die,” Megan Fox said. Megan Fox will next be seen in Zeroville, which will release in September 2019.