A Look at Megan Fox’s Journey in Hollywood

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Megan Fox has had a fruitful decades-long career, landing roles in huge franchises like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Her 2009 film Jennifer’s Body has even earned a cult following in recent years, making her an icon for young women and movie watchers everywhere!

While some struggles in her early career caused her to hide from the public eye, she is definitely no longer a stranger to the spotlight, as she’s constantly making headlines for her romance with artist Machine Gun Kelly and her back-to-back new films.

Let’s dive into Megan Fox’s notorious acting career and where her resurgence in Hollywood is taking her!

A look at Megan Fox’s life and early career

Megan Fox grew up in Tennessee where she began training in dance and drama at a very young age. Her family later moved to St. Petersburg, Florida and she began modeling at the age of 13. According to Elevate Artist Management, Megan won several awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention.


 
 
 
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When Megan Fox was 17, she tested out of high school so she could move to Los Angeles and begin her career in the entertainment industry. Megan’s first film role came with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Holiday in the Sun. Megan played Brianna Wallace in the direct-to-video movie that took place in The Bahamas.

The Olsen twins play a pair of sisters who are on vacation with their parents, where one of the girls falls for a boy who works at their resort. Megan Fox’s character Brianna is a spoiled heiress who also has feelings for this boy and won’t let anyone get in her way.

Before she starred on the big screen, Megan Fox played Ione Starr on the soap opera Ocean Ave. The drama was full of death, crime, and broken family ties. Ocean Ave. ran for 130 episodes between 2002 and 2003. While it was filmed in Florida, the soap opera aired in Sweden and was never picked up in the US.

Since then, Megan has gone on to star in a number of Hollywood projects including TV shows like Hope & Faith and New Girl. In addition to her busy career, she is a mother to 3 children she shares with ex-husband Brian Austin Green: Noah Shannon Green, Bodhi Ransom Green, and Journey River Green. She is also a step-mother to Kassius Green, Brian’s son from a previous relationship.


 
 
 
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Megan Fox’s relationship with Machine Gun Kelly

For nearly a year, Meghan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly have been the celebrity couple at the front of everyone’s minds. Whether they’re starring in a music video together, walking the red carpet, or just spotted on the street, the power couple has successfully captured the attention of pop culture fans everywhere.

One of the first projects the pair worked on at the beginning of their relationship is Machine Gun Kelly’s music video for his song My Bloody Valentine. The music video features Megan covering MGK’s mouth with pink duct tape and lip-syncing the song.

Just about every time this duo steps out in public, they serve iconic looks that make fans go crazy on social media. When speaking with WhoWhatWear, Megan Fox said that she usually builds her outfits around whatever Machine Gun Kelly is wearing, as he is more passionate about fashion than she is.


 
 
 
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In a July 2021 article, Machine Gun Kelly shared with InStyle, “I don’t think people get the opportunity to believe in real, great love, and that’s what we have together.”

Standing Up for Women in Hollywood

Throughout her career, Megan Fox has been the target of public scrutiny, but she is not afraid to speak up and share the ways she feels she has been wronged in the entertainment industry.

Since her early roles, Megan has been overly sexualized. An early example of this can be found in a 2009 interview with Jimmy Kimmel. On the talk show, Megan shared her experience working with Michael Bay on Bad Boys II and how he chose to have her dancing in a bikini underneath a waterfall at the age of 15. Jimmy Kimmel responded, “Well that’s really a microcosm of how all our minds work, but some of us have the decency to repress those thoughts,” as the audience laughed, thus proving Megan’s point.

In a recent Washington Post interview, Megan Fox said that this reaction mirrored the dark experience she had as a young woman in Hollywood. She experienced misogyny in other ways too. This is especially true in how Jennifer’s Body was marketed towards men with a focus on Megan’s appearance in the film when in reality it was a story for girls and women. This gap in the intended audience helped contribute to the film’s less than stellar reviews at the time.

It became clear to Megan she wasn’t known for her talent, and she found it hard to discover purpose with the way Hollywood was treating her. She told InStyle that this hurt led her to distance herself from the spotlight for a while, but seeing people now recognize the way she was treated and sympathize with her is helping her to let go of that part of her career.


 
 
 
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Megan Fox Movies: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen marked Megan Fox’s feature film debut. The Disney film is a musical comedy based on Dylan Sheldon’s 1999 novel of the same name. Directed by Sara Sugarman and written by Gail Parent, the film stars Lindsay Lohan, Alison Pill, and Adam Garcia.

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen follows Linday Lohan’s character Lola as she starts at a new school and joins the school musical. Lola quickly makes enemies with Megan Fox’s character Carla and the 2 butt heads throughout the film, constantly trying to be better than one another.


 
 
 
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The movie is filled with scenes of Lindsay Lohan and Megan Fox’s characters opposing each other including one of them racing through the school halls and another where they battle each other in an arcade dance game. The 2 make amends at the end of the film at Carla’s house party. In the iconic scene, Lola pulls Carla out of the water fountain she’s fallen into, showing that she is the bigger person by helping her.

Megan Fox Movies: Transformers (2007) & Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

In a July 2021 video with InStyle, Megan Fox said that Transformers was the first audition she landed when she got her first “real” agent in Hollywood. Megan plays Mikaela Banes, who helps the Autobots in their mission to locate their planet’s power source and restore Cybertron.

Megan’s character is a classmate and love interest to Sam, played by Shia LaBeouf. The action film also stars Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and Rachael Taylor. It was directed by Michael Bay and written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.

When speaking with InStyle, Megan Fox said that she has no idea how big of a movie Transformers would turn out to be and that she was shocked by the intense fame she experienced after the film’s release. She said that she was nearly traumatized by her new position in the spotlight and how fast it all happened, as she was just 19 years old at the time.

Transformers won Best Movie at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards and was recognized in the industry for its outstanding visual effects. Megan reprised her role of Mikaela Banes in the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, winning a Scream Award for Best Science Fiction Actress. . The sequel follows Sam and Mikaela, who are now in college, in another battle to save earth from the evil Transformers known as the Decepticons.

Megan Fox Movies: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (2008)

Between the release of Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Megan Fox starred in the comedy How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. The comedy, directed by Robert B. Weide and written by Peter Straughan, is based on Toby Young’s memoir of the same name and follows his story as a British journalist trying to make it in New York City.

Megan plays an up and coming actress named Sophie for whom the main character (Simon Pegg) develops a crush. The film also stars Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, and Gillian Anderson.

Megan Fox Movies: Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Jennifer’s Body has become one of Megan Fox’s most popular roles, and she told WhoWhatWear that it’s her favorite project she’s worked on! In this teen comedy horror film, Megan plays the lead role of Jennifer Check, starring alongside Amanda Seyfried who plays Needy.

Jennifer and Needy are best friends with very different personalities. Needy likes to play it safe while Jennifer doesn’t mind taking risks and loves receiving attention. When the 2 attend a concert, the band performing sacrifices Jennifer to the devil in exchange for fame. Jennifer then becomes possessed by a demon and must kill and eat boys in order to stay alive.

Needy is typically very loyal to Jennifer and struggles to decide whether to help her or put a stop to her dangerous actions. Throughout the film, Needy appears to be bi-curious, sometimes treating her and Jennifer’s relationship more than just a friendship. In a video with InStyle, Megan Fox said that she has had a lot of girls tell her that Jennifer helped them to realize that they were lesbian or bisexual. She said that this makes Jennifer’s Body her most moving and rewarding experience.

Jennifer’s Body was directed by Karyn Kusama and written by Diablo Cody, who won an Oscar for writing Juno. The film also stars Johnny Simmons, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, and Adam Brody. Megan Fox shared with WhoWhatWear that she’s surprised by the resurgence that the movie continues to have and finds it more relevant now than ever. She told InStyle that ever since she filmed Jennifer’s Body, she’s been looking for similar projects but doesn’t know if she’ll ever come across one, as the film is one of a kind.

Megan Fox Movies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) 

Megan Fox played April O’Neil in the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action films. In her video with InStyle, Megan said that she was super excited to book these movies, as she was a big fan of the franchise growing up, and that she can’t wait to show these films to her kids soon.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was directed by Jonathan Liebesman and starred Johnny Knoxville, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, and Whoopi Goldberg. Megan Fox’s character is a local reporter who investigates a crime wave in New York City. She learns that 4 mutant turtles are on a mission to stop these criminals and remembers that her father had conducted a science experiment that involved these turtles. April then helps the turtles in saving the city.

Megan Fox once again portrayed April O’Neil in the 2016 sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Directed by Dave Green, the film shows the turtles teaming up with April again to protect the city from Shredder, the villain from the first film who has escaped from prison and is growing stronger.

Megan Fox Movies: Till Death

Megan Fox starred in the 2021 thriller, playing the lead role of Emma. The film, directd by S.K. Dale and written by Jason Carvey follows Emma, who is unhappy with her marriage. After their anniversary trip quickly turns grim, Emma’s husband Mark (Eoin Macken) takes the saying “till death do us part” a little too far.

Emma finds herself in a sticky situation when her former stalker shows up at her lake house. She must then save herself from death, hiding from the killers who have suddenly infiltrated her stay. Till Death features Megan in intense chases and gruesome fight scenes. The film also stars Callan Mulvey, Jack Roth, and Aml Ameen.

Megan Fox Movies: Midnight in the Switchgrass

Megan Fox played Rebecca Lombardi in the crime thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass. Although the film takes place in Florida, it is based on the true story of Texas’ most dangerous serial killer. Megan plays an FBI agent who is partnered with Karl Helter (Bruce Willis). The 2 are working on uncovering a sex-traficking ring.

When their investigation begins to cross paths with that of the serial killer, the agents join forces with Florida Law Enforcement. Solving the case becomes even more urgent when Rebecca herself is kidnapped by the suspect and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent Byron Crawford (Emile Hirsch) has only hours to save her life.

Midnight in the Switchgrass was written by Alan Horsnail and marked the directorial debut of Randall Emmett. The film also stars Lukas Haas, Sistine Stallone, and Machine Gun Kelly.

Upcoming Megan Fox Movies: Big Gold Brick

Megan Fox will star in the upcoming dark comedy Big Gold Brick. While information hasn’t been shared about Megan’s character as of this article’s publishing date, we know that the film will focus on an emerging writer (Emory Cohen) who is writing a biography about a middle-aged father named Floyd Deveraux (Andy Garcia), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Big Gold Brick is written and directed by Brian Petsos in his feature directorial debut. The film also stars Lucy Hale, Oscar Isaac, Shiloh Fernandez, and Frederick Schmidt. A release date has not yet been announced for the film, but we know it will be distributed in North America by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

The Hollywood Reporter shared a statement from the film company’s President, Peter Goldwyn where he gave some insight on what we can expect from the film:

Big Gold Brick is an out of this world movie that harkens back to what we love about cult classic films. The cast gives phenomenal performances under the helm of first-time director Brian Petsos.

It looks like we’ll be seeing plenty of Megan Fox in movies to come. She has a role in the upcoming Netflix film Night Teeth, streaming on October 20, and it was just announced that she will be starring in The Expendables 4. 

In her interview with The Washington Post, Megan shared that she is excited to grow into herself as a Hollywood. As Megan Fox fans, we can’t wait to go on this journey with her and see what it means for the future of her acting career!

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