If you're a fan of Megan Fox you might be wondering where she's been the past few years. At one point the brunette stunner seemed poised to be Hollywood's next big thing, starring in blockbuster movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Jennifer's Body before taking a comedic turn in a supporting role in This is 40. While Fox has worked steadily over the years she recently opened up about how motherhood really saved her from some of the darker experiences she had as a big Hollywood actress.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the horror/comedy cult classic Jennifer's Body, Fox and the film's writer Diablo Cody sat down with Entertainment Tonight about the movie's mixed reviews and how she felt further sexualized by Hollywood. "There was so much going on with me at that time, that movie being picked apart was not at the top of [my list of concerns]," Fox said of the sometimes negative reviews of the film.
"Because I had such a fraught relationship with the public, and the media, and journalists, and I was struggling so much at that time in general, this didn't stand out as a particularly painful moment, it was just part of the mix."
Fox has been very open about her experiences in Hollywood, openly criticizing her Transformers director Michael Bay her during their working relationship. "I think I had a genuine psychological breakdown where I wanted just nothing to do," she explained to ET during their interview.
"I didn't want to be seen, I didn't want to have to take a photo, do a magazine, walk a carpet, I didn't want to be seen in public at all because the fear, and the belief, and the absolute certainty that I was going to be mocked, or spat at, or someone was going to yell at me, or people would stone me or savage me for just being out… so I went through a very dark moment after that."
Fox admitted that it was in 2012 when she was pregnant with son Noah with Brian Austin Green, that changed her outlook. "I think it took getting pregnant -- that was the first real breakthrough where my consciousness shifted and my mind opened up and I was able to see from a birds-eye view and breath and take it in," Fox said. "And then another kid, and then another kid and with every kid, I feel like that's always been the doorway into a better version of myself."
Fox and Green now share three sons together and although she says that being a mother has helped her immensely, she told ET that motherhood is still not respected in Hollywood. "Being a mother is not something really respected in this industry. If anything it's considered as a handicap," Fox shared. "And that's unfortunate because it's not acknowledged, what we're juggling, what we're doing."
The actress is content now but says she it bothers her when people assume she's not working much. "I get this all the time, people will be like, 'You just don't really work that much,'" Fox said. "And it's like, I have given birth, I have gestated and given birth to three children. I stared in a movie that opened worldwide, number one -- twice! I was on a critically acclaimed sitcom. I f**king executive produced and created a show about archaeological controversies! How much more f**king productive does a f**king women need to be? F**k you!"