Megan Denise Fox was born May 16, 1986 and is an American actress and model.
Fox was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to parents Gloria Darlene (née Cisson) and Franklin Thomas Fox. She spent her early childhood in nearby Rockwood. Fox’s father, a parole officer, and her mother divorced when Fox was three years old. Her mother later remarried, and Fox and her sister were raised by her mother and her stepfather, Tony Tonachio. She was raised “very strictly Pentecostal”, but later attended Catholic school for 12 years. She said that the two were “very strict” and that she was not allowed to have a boyfriend or invite friends to her house. She lived with her mother until she made enough money to support herself.
Fox began her training in dance and drama at age five, in Kingston, Tennessee. She attended a dance class at the community center there and was involved in Kingston Elementary School’s chorus and the Kingston Clippers swim team. At age 10, after moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, Fox continued her training. When she was 13 years old, Fox began modeling after winning several awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Fox first attended high school at Morningside Academy in Port St. Lucie until her junior year where she attended St. Lucie West Centennial High School. When she was 17, when she tested out of school via correspondence in order to move to Los Angeles, California.
Fox spoke freely about her time in school, stating that in middle school she was bullied and had to eat lunch in the bathroom to avoid being pelted with ketchup packets. She said that the problem was not her looks, but that she had always gotten along better with boys and that rubbed some people the wrong way. Fox also said that she was never popular in high school, and that everyone hated her. She was an outcast, she had a very aggressive personality, and girls didn’t like her for that. She hated school and has never been a big believer in formal education.
In 2001, Fox made her acting debut in the romantic comedy Holiday in the Sun. In the next several years, she guest-starred on the sitcoms What I Like About You and Two and a Half Men. Fox also appeared as an uncredited extra in the action film Bad Boys II (2003).
In 2004, Fox made her feature film debut opposite Lindsay Lohan in the musical comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. She was also cast in a regular role on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith. Fox appeared in second and third seasons, until the series was cancelled by ABC in May 2006.
In 2007, Fox won the lead female role of Mikaela Banes in the 2007 live-action film Transformers, based on the toy and cartoon saga of the same name. She had signed on for two more Transformers sequels, reprising her role as Mikaela in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Fox was to star in the third installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but was not included because of her statements comparing working under director Bay to working for Hitler. She then portrayed the title character in Jennifer’s Body.
In April 2009, she began filming the western superhero film Jonah Hex, which was a critical and commercial failure in the U.S., with its international distribution cancelled after its poor performance. Fox starred alongside Mickey Rourke in the drama Passion Play.
Fox appeared with Dominic Monaghan in the music video for Eminem and Rihanna’s single “Love the Way You Lie”. In 2012, Fox appeared briefly in Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy film The Dictator and had a featured role in Judd Apatow’s comedy film This Is 40. She voiced the role of Lois Lane in the animated comedy film Robot Chicken DC Comics Special, an episode of the television comedy series Robot Chicken that aired as a one-off special during Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block in September 2012. In February 2013, Fox set aside her differences with her former director Michael Bay and worked again with him on his reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), starring as the lead human character of April O’Neil. In 2015, Fox was cast in the role of Amelia Delthanis in the Plarium video game, Stormfall: Rise of Balur. In October 2015, it was confirmed that Fox would be temporarily replacing Zooey Deschanel in the television sitcom New Girl, following Deschanel’s maternity leave. She starred as Reagan Lucas, appearing in the fifth and sixth seasons of the series. In 2016, Fox reprised her role of April O’Neil in the sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
On September 12, 2018, it was confirmed that Fox would star in the Korean War film The Battle of Jangsari, beside Korean actor Kim Myung-min. She played a lead role as Marguerite Higgins, an American news reporter. In 2019, Fox starred in the mystery-fantasy film Above the Shadows. That same year, Fox appeared in Zeroville directed by James Franco. In 2020, Fox starred opposite Josh Duhamel in the family comedy film Think Like a Dog. Also that year, she starred in the lead role of the action film Rogue, which was released in August 2020.
In 2021 she starred in Midnight in the Switchgrass. Fox will next star in the drama comedy Big Gold Brick. She will feature as a voice role in Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphins, a 3D documentary film. Fox will play crime boss Alana in thriller film Johnny & Clyde with Tyson Ritter.
Fox said all women in Hollywood are known and marketed as sex symbols, but that this is okay if the woman knows how to utilize the status. She created a character for her public image because she was unwilling to sacrifice her true self to the world. Part of her persona included making outlandish comments, which she said helped her reach her level of fame versus being “a typical starlet” who “said all the right things”. Her tattoos, which she began getting at age 19 as a form of self-expression, helped popularize tattoo fashion. She had over nine known tattoos, including a picture of Marilyn Monroe’s face on her right forearm and a quote on her shoulder. Fox ended up removing the Monroe tattoo in a series of laser surgeries because she felt that Monroe’s life was full of negativity and she did not want to emulate it.
The increased media exposure was difficult for Fox, who acknowledged being shy and insecure, to adjust to. It also positioned her as a potential role model, and later led to her being typecast. She rejected being a formal role model, but said that she could make young girls feel strong and intelligent and be outspoken and fight for what they think is right and that she was a different role model for girls that maybe America was not comfortable with. She considered being typecast as attractive an opportunity to surprise people when she gives a good performance in a film, but said she is interested in portraying less sexualized characters.
She became much less prominent in the media by 2010. That same year, Fox stated that her biggest regret was that she had assisted the media in making her into a cartoon character. She didn’t regret what has happened to her, but the way she dealt with it.
Fox and Brian Austin Green are supporters of Generosity Water, and have funded the creation of over ten water wells for the organization.
Fox has a form of brachydactyly called clubbed thumb, and has discussed her obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), insecurities, self-harming, and has acknowledged that she has low self-esteem. In 2013, she said that her Christian faith is still very important to her and she believes it keeps her grounded.
With regard to relationships and her sexuality, Fox said that she has a general distrust and dislike of men, and that the perception of her as a “wild and crazy sexpot” is false because she is asocial and has only been sexually intimate with her “childhood sweetheart” and Brian Austin Green; she stated that she would rather stay at home instead of going out, and emphasized that she cannot have sex with someone she does not love. She is bisexual, and said she believes that all humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes. She also thinks she is a hypocrite because she would never date a girl who was bisexual, because that means they also sleep with men, and men are so dirty that she’d never want to sleep with a girl who had slept with a man.