Megan Fox spoke candidly to Glamour UK about the “ridicule” she endured after speaking out against Hollywood misogyny early in her career. The actor often spoke out about being objectified on Michael Bay sets, including one infamous “Jimmy Kimmel Live” interview where she called out how creepy it was to have to dance in a bikini under a waterfall at age 15 while shooting a small part in “Bad Boys II.” Fox said bringing attention to Hollywood misogyny long before the #MeToo movement only made her a bigger punchline.
“I think that I was ahead of the #MeToo movement by almost a decade,” Fox said. “I was always speaking out against some of the abusive, misogynistic, patriarchal things that were going on in Hollywood back in 2008 and 2009, way before people were ready to embrace that or tolerate it. And I actually got ridiculed for doing it. I think people just have had time to review that, in retrospect.”
Even when Fox tried to take on more feminist work, such as her role in Karyn Kusama’s cult classic horror movie “Jennifer’s Body,” she was still met with bad press and reviews that called her character “shallow.”
“I’ve never felt completely included in the feminist community and I do still think that it’s tricky in an awful way,” Fox said. “Whatever I provoke in them is not something that they can digest very well. And so that comes back on me, as they reject me for those reasons. And I just don’t think that I was a very sympathetic victim.”
Fox maintained that through it all she has never once regretted speaking her mind about the industry, adding, “The regret I have is that my personality is so lost on people, my sense of humor is lost. My intelligence is not acknowledged. And so that is a regret. Sometimes I feel like I just waste my energy, giving myself to people who don’t understand and won’t appreciate [me], but I’ve never had anything where I look back now and think, ‘I really shouldn’t have said that.’”
“Even the terrible things caused me to do so much work on myself, that I grew exponentially, because of it,” Fox said.
Head over to Glamour UK’s website to read Fox’s cover story in its entirety.