Up until the past few months with the publicity blitz for Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen, I honestly had not given Megan Fox much thought. Well, ok, I had given her some thought, but nothing really beyond what most guys (and many girls) think: she is a very good-looking girl (in most cases, not all).
However, these past few weeks/months, as I've seemingly not been able to pick up a magazine, click on a web site or throw a rock (law suit pending) without seeing Megan Fox, I've been forced to think about her more. Many of those thoughts have not been flattering.
In many of her recent public appearances, most notably at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, she's come off as snotty, rude and a bit too full of herself to the common oberver (that would be me). At times it seems like she's almost too hot and she knows it. Sam actually pointed this out in her awesome post about lady crushes last week, so I'm not alone here.
Imagine my epic eye roll then when the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly arrived at my doorstep this week sporting a Megan Fox/Optimus Prime cover. More with this chick? Ugh.
But then I read her interview.
Honestly, it didn't bring me around to thinking Megan Fox isn't any of the kinda nasty things I wrote about her three paragraphs back, but she seems to be so self-aware of her shortcomings, unapologetic for them and brutally honest that I can't help but have gained quite a bit of respect for her. Most of young Hollywood seem like they vacillate weekly between acting like prima donnas and then doing spin to claim they're not, so it's a bit refreshing to read an interview with a 20-something "hot" actress who does not seem to give a fuck.
Allow me to share some excerpts...
EW: Transformers turned you into an overnight star. Looking back, how do you feel about the movie?
Fox: I'm terrible in it. It's my first real movie and it's not honest and not realistic. The movie wasn't bad, I just wasn't proud about what I did.
EW: What percentage of your range have people seen so far?
Fox: Seven percent. On the new one, I tried. But unless you're a seasoned veteran, working with Michael Bay is not about an acting experience.
Kudos to her there for not only being candid about her own weaknesses as an actress, but not bagging on the flick that made her a star; the dig at Michael Bay is gravy. Those themes continue here...
EW: You don't sound convinced that [Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen] is the greatest movie on earth.
Fox: It's not trying to be the greatest movie on earth. It's going to be the best action movie of the summer. Hands down, it will win that. But it's not trying to be a Golden Globe-nominated film. It's a badass popcorn summer movie.
Impressive healthy display of confidence/arrogance but also the opposite of pretentiousness. Anybody else find it weird she went with a Golden Globes reference over an Oscars one though?
EW: You up for a third Transformers?
Fox: Sure. I mean, I can't s--- on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don't want to blow smoke up people's ass. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting. And once you realize that, it becomes almost fun because you can be in the moment and go, "All right, I know when he calls Action! I'm either going to be running or screaming or both."
Ok, that last quote cracked me up.
EW: Do you think you're a good actress?
Fox: I think I could be. If I really buckle down, I think one day I could be a very good actress. But so far, I haven't done anything yet.
Again, that struck me as a very honest answer, and one that many of her contemporaries wouldn't give.
EW: Do you think you're good-looking?
Fox: Well, I'm clearly not ugly.
EW: You've got a lot of confidence.
Fox: I think most people are extremely insecure. As far as girls go, I have a really badass personality. I'm smart and I can be really funny and interesting and I can go toe-to-toe with anybody in a conversation. So I'm not afraid to speak, and I think that's what some people read as this uberconfidence. I have a mouth and I'm not afraid to use it.
Putting that wonderful concluding entendre aside for a moment, I'm not sure I buy her, "Oh, I'm not arrogant, I'm just outspoken" rap, but at least she has some sort of rationale.
And then, the coup de grace...
Fox: I don't understand why people don't have a f---ing sense of humor. Always assume that I'm being sarcastic. Like when I said those things about High School Musical. I didn't really mean that it's about pedophilia. But if you get high and you watch it, that is what that f---ing movie is about!
EW: Did you watch that high?
Fox: Yes, and it blew my mind.
How can I top that?
So anyways, Megan Fox, if you're reading this blog, I want you to know that while it may be wrong for me to pre-judge you one way or another given that we've never actually spent any time together, you seem pretty ok. If you want to get high and watch High School Musical some time, I would not be totally opposed.
Oh, and the full interview is online here, as well as this follow-up where she admits to liking comics!