Megan Fox may not be a fan of her sex-symbol status in Hollywood, but that doesn’t mean the actress is ready to start downplaying her looks.
In a new interview with the Los Angeles Times, Megan Fox opens up about her frustrations with the media’s portrayal of her as a sex symbol in addition to revealing her desire to explore other passions aside from acting.
Just one week prior to the release of her new film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Fox sat down with the publication to discuss her role in the sequel while hinting that a career in acting may not be her true calling in life.
“I don’t think acting is my ultimate passion,” Fox explains, albeit admitting that she knew she wanted to be an actress from the time that she was 2-years-old. “I have other skill sets and gifts that are much, much stronger that I am obligated to exercise and use.”
“I’m really more intellectually minded,” she continues, “I’ve always been into alternative history, antiquities, archaeology. I’ve always been really consumed by these deep mysteries that exist on our planet that can’t be explained today by science. They eat away at me.”
Megan Fox credits the discovery of her passion for alternative history to the 2009 film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, where she explains that she and costar Shia LaBeouf were given the opportunity to tour the Great Pyramid of Giza while on location in Egypt.
“They presume they may have been some type of energy plant at some point,” Fox explains of the pyramid. “The sarcophagus that is in the Great Pyramid was put there by the government for tourism. And that sparked in me an interest in really exposing this sort of thing, because I realized I have access to things I shouldn’t have access to because of what I do for a living.”
As for her ideal career, Megan Fox admits that if she “ended up working for Vice, that would be a dream,” noting that, “I do have a little bit of a journalistic streak and I’m also reckless enough to do well in that field, I think.”
While Fox may not be ready to part ways with acting just yet, the New Girl actress admits that she often feels misjudged as a result of her stunning good looks.
“You know how women that are always cast in James Bond movies are pinups but their job in the movies is always being a marine biologist or neuroscientist? I think people react to me that way. Like, ‘Right, she’s studying neurobiology.’ But I really am interested in that,” she explains.
Despite her desire to break away from the media’s portrayal of her as a sex symbol, Megan Fox explains that her previous efforts to fight the image have been “futile.”
“Resistance is futile at this point,” Fox begins, noting that she’s “not going to keep fighting the image that exists.”
“I think people, in general, are plebeians that are brainwashed by the type of media that they expose themselves to…People anticipate a shallowness [from me]. They anticipate a self-centeredness and a lack of self-awareness.”
Fox continues by explaining that “it doesn’t matter” how eloquently she presents herself to the public because people will continue to make her “into what [they] desire me to be.”
“At this moment, they might desire to exalt me onto a pedestal. But the next? You’re a human sacrifice,” she concludes, “the control is not in my hands.”
See Megan Fox in her new film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, in theaters now.
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