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Born Megan Denise Fox
May 16, 1986 (1986-05-16) (age 23)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress, Model
Years active 2001–present
Megan Denise Fox (born May 16, 1986) is an American actress and model.
After having a successful career as a model, Fox launched her acting career in 2001, in which she played a supporting role as Brianna Wallace in Holiday In The Sun, starring opposite Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. Fox then guest starred in various television series, including What I Like About You, Two and a Half Men, The Help, Ocean Ave. and having a recurring role on Hope and Faith.
In 2004, Fox went on to have a film career starring opposite Lindsay Lohan in Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen. Her other films include Crimes Of Fashion (TV) (2004), How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008) and Whore (2008). Fox's breakout role was playing Mikaela Banes, Shia Labeouf's character's love interest in the 2007 blockbuster film Transformers, a role for which Fox won and was nominated for various Teen Choice Awards. Her upcoming films include the sequel to Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Jennifer's Body, Jonah Hex, and The Crossing.
Fox was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to Darlene Tonachio, former Roane County, Tennessee Tourism Director, and Franklin Foxx. Fox's father dropped an "x" from his surname. Fox has one older sister. Fox's parents divorced when she was young and her and her sister were raised by her mother and her stepfather. Fox said of her mother and her stepfather that they "were really strict" and Fox said of her childhood that "I was grounded for all of my childhood. Not most—all” and Fox said that “I wasn’t doing anything particularly crazy,” and that “I just never appreciated authority figures preaching to me.” Fox is of Italian, Irish, French and Native American ancestry. Fox grew up in nearby Rockwood, Tennessee and she began her training in drama and dance 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 10-years-old, after moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, Fox continued her training. She attended Morningside Academy, a private Christian school, in Port St. Lucie, during her middle school years and finished her high school education at St. Lucie West Centennial High School, in Port St. Lucie, thou when Fox was 17 she tested out of school via correspondence from St. Lucie West Centennial High School.
Fox said that in middle school, she was bullied and picked on and that she ate lunch in the bathroom to avoid being "pelted with ketchup packets". Fox said that the problem weren't her look but that “I think, for me, what was intimidating was that I’ve always gotten along better with boys,” and that “That rubbed some people the wrong way.” Fox also said of high school that "but I was not, ever for a second, popular — I mean, never" and that "everyone hated me, and I was a total outcast, my friends were always guys, I have a very aggressive personality, and girls didn’t like me for that. I’ve had only one great girlfriend my whole life." Fox also said of school that "I just hated school, period. I wasn’t interested and I wasn’t getting anything from it. I’ve never been a big believer in formal education and I always knew what I wanted to do, which was be an actress — the education I was getting seemed irrelevant. So, I was sort of checked out on that part of it." Fox said of her living condition as a teenager that "My mom lived with me until I started making enough money to support myself,” and that “I was asking her to leave the entire time. I’d been ready to move out since I was, like, 14.”
At age 13, Fox launched her modeling career and went on to win several awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
When Fox was 16, she made her acting debut in the 2001 film Holiday in the Sun, as the spoiled heiress Brianna Wallace and rival of Alex Stewart (Ashley Olsen). The film was released Direct-to-DVD on November 20, 2001.In 2002 Fox landed the lead main role as Ione Star on the television series Ocean Ave. The series lasted two seasons, from 2002-2003 and Fox appeared in 122 one-hour-long episodes.
Fox appeared as an uncredited extra in Bad Boys 2 in 2003. That same year, she guest-starred on What I Like About You, appearing in the episode "Like a Virgin (Kinda)"
In 2004 Fox guest-starred on Two and a Half Men in the episode "Carmel Filters and Pheromones". In the episode Fox played Prudence.
In 2004, Fox made her film debut in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen co-starring opposite Lindsay Lohan. In the film Fox plays a supporting role in the film, Carla Santi a rival of Lola (Lindsay Lohan).
Also in 2004, Fox was cast as a recurring role on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith, in which she portrayed Sydney Shanowski, replacing Nicole Paggi in the role. In 2006 the television show was canceled due to poor ratings. Fox appeared in 36 episodes from seasons 2 to 3.
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. Fox played the love interest of Shia LaBeouf's character Sam Witwicky. Fox was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the category of "Breakthrough Performance", and was also nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, in the category of "Choice Movie Actress: Action Adventure", "Choice Movie: Breakout Female", and "Choice Movie: Liplock".Fox has signed on for two more Transformers sequels.
In June 2007, Fox was cast in a minor role in How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, starring alongside Jeff Bridges, Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst. The character Fox portrayed is Sophie Maes, a love interest of Sydney Young (Simon Pegg). The film premiered on October 3, 2008. The film was a box-office failure, only making $17 million worldwide against a $28 million dollar budget.
In 2008, Fox appeared as the character Lost in Whore. The film centers around a group of young hopeful teenagers who have come to Hollywood in the hopes of an acting career find that the business is harder than they had ever imagined. The film was released October 20, 2008. Fox starred alongside Rumer Willis.
Fox is set to have her first lead role in a film, playing the title character in the up-coming film Jennifer's Body. In the film Fox will play Jennifer Check, a mean-girl cheerleader possessed by a demon who begins feeding off the boys in a Minnesota farming town. The film center's around Jennifer's possession and Jennifer's "plain-jane" best friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) having to stop ad try to break the curse thats on Jennifer before its too late. The film is set to be released on September 18, 2009. Fox will star alongside Amanda Seyfried and Adam Brody in the Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody in her second feature film.
Fox is set to reprise her role as Mikaela Banes in the Transformers sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. There was some controversy surrounding Fox's appearance while filming the sequel of Transformers when Michael Bay, the movie's director, ordered the actress to gain 10 pounds. During interviews promoting the film, she provoked controversy by positing an imaginary negotiation with the film's antagonist Megatron, "I'd barter with him, and say instead of the entire planet, can you just take out all of the white trash, hillbilly, anti-gay, super bible beating people in Middle America?". Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen premiered on June 8, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. After its UK release on June 19, 2009, the film will be released in regular and IMAX theaters in the United States on June 24.
In April, 2009 Fox began filming her next film, Jonah Hex. In the film Fox will portray a supporting character, Leila a gun-wielding beauty and Jonah Hex's (Josh Brolin) love interest. The film is currently still in production. The film is set to be released on August 10, 2010. Fox will star along-side Josh Brolin and Will Arnett.
In early April, 2009 Fox signed onto star as the lead female role in the up-coming 2011 film The Crossing. The film is still in pre-production and has yet to began production. The plot centers around "a young couple gets caught up in a drug trafficking scheme during their vacation to Mexico."
Warner Bros. announced that it had chose Megan Fox as the clear front-runner replacement for actress Angelina Jolie in the third Lara Croft: Tomb Raider franchise movie, but Fox stated that she had turned down the role.
Fox has appeared on the covers of many magazines. In 2007, the list includes Maxim, and Infamous. In 2008, the list includes Cosmo Girl, FHM (US), Paw Print, Jack (ITALY), FHM (UK), FHM (AUS), and GQ. In 2009, the list includes, USA Weekend, DT (Spain), Cleo (Singapore), Esquire, Empire, Maxim, GQ (UK), Entertainment Weekly and ELLE.
Fox was ranked #17 on interview magazines Hollywood faces to watch "Future Stars of Tomorrow", Fox was voted #1 sexiest woman by FHM readers for 2008. Ranked #16 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list, named #68 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement, ranked #18 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list, she was ranked #1 on Moviefone's 'The 25 Hottest Actors Under 25' in 2008, and was ranked #2 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2009 list in 2009. FHM voted her the "Sexiest Woman in the World" in 2008.
Comparison to Angelina Jolie
Fox has often been compared to actress, Angelina Jolie by the media dubbing her as an "Angelina clone", "Angelina 2.0" and "Angelina Jr." among others. Fox has been compared to Jolie because of their "tattoo collection", and "built in sex-symbol".
Fox said of the comparisons that "I think it’s a lack of creativity on the media’s part. Because I have tattoos and dark hair and I was in an action movie? That’s as far as the similarities extend. I’m not the next anyone.", and that "She always seems otherworldly in her power and her confidence," Fox says. "I'm sure she has no idea who I am. But if I were her, I'd be like, 'Who the fuck is this little bullshit brat who was in Transformers that's going to be the next me?' I don't want to meet her. I'd be embarrassed." Fox was also said to have been replacing Jolie in the next Lara Croft film, but Fox turned down the role saying that "There have been a lot of films I've had to pass on because I don't want people thinking I'm trying to emulate her." Fox also said of meeting Jolie that she be "afraid" and continuing with that"I'm actually frightened of her," also saying that "I haven't had the opportunity to meet her and I try to avoid that because I'm afraid. of her and that", and that "She's (Jolie) a powerful human being, she could eat me alive."
Fox has eight known tattoos, including her fiances name "Brian" on her lower hip, a picture of Marilyn Monroe's face on her right forearm, Fox also has another tattoo on her right shoulder that reads, "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies" a line adapted from William Shakespeare's play King Lear, a yin and yang tattoo on her left inner wrist, a poem on her left side rib cage that reads "there was once a girl who never knew love was until a boy broke her heart", a Chinese word for strength on her neck. Fox also has a crescent moon overlapping a five pointed star on the inner aspect of her lower leg above her right ankle this tattoo is the one known colored tattoo that Fox has.
Fox said of the reason of why she got her Marilyn Monroe tattoo that "She was one of the first people I saw on television, like, literally moments after I was born. Every time I heard her voice growing up I always would cry. I wouldn't know why when I was younger but had my own theories. I've just always empathized with her." Fox also said of that tattoo that "I know a lot about her but I empathized with her before I knew any of those things so that’s why I was driven to actually ink it on my arm. It was between her and Kurt Cobain and I went with her." Fox also said on her ying yang tattoo that "The guy was smoking weed while he tattooed me and he didn't do it correctly. Now it's nothing and I'm gonna get it removed. I was told he was a really amazing tattoo artist but he wasn't on his game that night. He was distracted.", thou Fox still has that tattoo as of May, 2009. Fox has said of her tattoos that "Every time I get a tattoo, it's a little 'fuck you' to anyone who tells me not to."
Megan Fox at Spike TV's 2007 Scream Awards
Fox has been involved with actor Brian Austin Green of Beverly Hills, 90210 and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles fame since 2004, having first met on the set of Fox's show Hope & Faith. It was reported that the couple had ended their relationship in July 2008 and in February 2009, however, Fox and Green both confirmed on both occasions that the two are still in a relationship.
Fox is good friends with Jennifer Blanc, Kellan Rhude, Jennifer's Body co-star Amanda Seyfried, and Michael Biehn and Fox is also close friends with her Transformers co-star Shia LaBeouf whom Fox calls her "one of her favorite people ever." Fox is both a fan of comic books and video games; her favorite artist is Michael Turner. Fox's favorite comic book by Turner is Fathom, which she describes as "one of her longtime obsessions". Fox also has two dogs, including a pomeranian named Sid Vicious after the punk-icon Sid Vicious.
Fox has openly stated that she's taken drugs saying that, "I've done drugs, and that's how I know I don't like them.", saying that she'd "tried several things" in order to "make an informed decision" but that she "didn't enjoy anything other than marijuana.". Fox also said that "Cocaine is back with a vengeance ... Celebrities aren't trying to hide it, except when people have camera phones.", and commenting that "I know about five people who aren't on drugs today, and I'm one of them." Fox has also openly stated that she supports the legalization of marijuana. Saying that "I don't even think of it as a drug -- it should be legalized.", and continuing with "When they do, I'll be the first person in line to buy my pack of joints." and that "I can't tell you how much bullshit I've been through because I will openly say that I smoke weed. People look at it like it's this crazy, hippy, fucked-up thing to do. And it's not. I hope they legalise it."
In a frank interview with GQ Magazine, Fox claimed that she once fell in love and sought to establish a relationship with a female stripper when she was 18 years old. Fox used the experience to illustrate her belief that, "...all humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes." On May 14, 2009 Fox stated that she is bisexual, saying "I have no question in my mind about being bisexual."
In June 2009, during a Transformers promo tour in Korea, Fox was asked how she would stop Megatron from demolishing the world. she replied, “I’d make a deal with him and instead of the entire planet, can you just take out all of the white trash, hillbilly, anti-gay, super bible-beating people in Middle America?” This response was panned by the conservative NewsBusters, writing that "While Fox may be a star on the big screen, her words certainly don’t make her shine." The Naples Daily News was also highly critical of her comments.