People insist on seeing me as a wild child, a bad girl, a naughty girl, and I don’t know why,’ says 28-year-old American actress Megan Fox, Hollywood movie star and purveyor of barely-there red-carpet dresses and eye-popping photo shoots.
‘Because my life is the exact opposite. People have a hard time looking at me, knowing that I accept my sexuality and then understanding that I’m not promiscuous – they just can’t put that idea together,’ she says.
‘You are made to feel that if you embrace your sexuality, you are an idiot or an airhead, or you have to make yourself seem more masculine.
'Why would we ever want to do that? Women are beautiful, but we’re also intelligent—and some of us are very strong.’
‘We were filming in New York in the hottest summer they’d had in 20 years and I was in a leather jacket and leather boots. It was so hot the fake paper snow was on fire.
‘I almost blacked out and people would be ripping my clothes off and putting ice packs on me,’ she recalls.
here she is working with Bay again. So has he forgiven her? All she will say on the subject is: ‘We were really good friends on this movie, he was on my team. We have a very special relationship now.’
Fox says her own independent feminism was honed by a challenging childhood in St Petersburg, Florida.
Her parents, Darlene and Franklin, divorced when she was a toddler and after her mother remarried her stepfather subjected her to a domestic regime so rigid she says it would ‘be considered emotionally abusive today’.
The teenage Fox was forbidden to have friends other than her sister Kristi, or to get her driving licence.
‘I was always in trouble because my stepfather tried to control me, so I didn’t have a normal childhood experience,’ she says, still clearly wrestling those childhood demons.
‘I would have been a much easier kid to deal with had my parents just allowed me a little freedom to discover who I was. But they didn’t, so I had to fight all the time.
'That’s how people still perceive me as rebellious and wild. But it’s because I’m constantly having to fight against someone trying to control me and put me in a box.’
It is no surprise, hearing about the complexities of her early home life, that Fox has so enthusiastically embraced her new family.
Her relationship with Brian Austin Green was, she says, no accident. They met when Fox was just 18 and he was 30.
There was intense chemistry, an instant recognition,’ she says.
‘He felt it, I felt it. Within a week he was saying he was going to marry me. I’m sure we’ve lived many past lives together.’
‘Who actually built the pyramids, who built Chichen Itza [the ancient Mayan site in Mexico]?’ asks Fox. ‘Humans didn’t have the ability to create those sorts of empires at this time.’
Fox and Austin Green married four years ago.
‘I love our family – I have a little football team that’s going to take care of me,’ she laughs.
‘I like being around boys and being the centre of attention in my family because I’m the matriarch, the queen bee.
'My husband is the sensitive type, he’s not macho. And I’m going to raise our boys like that: sensitive, sweet, chivalrous types,’ beams Fox.
Ambivalent about her job, she says she ‘loves acting’, but has a tough time dealing with fame, which she compares to being ‘dragged through the mud’ every week.
‘But I’m not complaining because the fame I got from Transformers allows me to do movies that I love, so it’s a double-edged sword.
'I think the only people who chase fame are the ones who have a deep void within them that can’t be filled.
'They try filling it with fame and we watch them spiral downwards, because it is just not the answer to anything.’