Megan Fox says she went through ‘misogynistic hell’ in first decade of career

Megan Fox has spoken of the “misogynistic hell” she faced in the first year of her career.

In a recent interview with the Washington Post, the 35-year-old actor said, “It was a microcosm of my entire life and my entire interaction with Hollywood. It was just very dark. “

She added, “I was so lost and trying to figure out, like, how am I supposed to feel valued or find purpose in this horrible, patriarchal, misogynistic hell that Hollywood was at the time.

“Because I had spoken out against it before and everyone, including the other women, received me in a very negative way for doing it. “

She explains how, early in her career, she was cataloged as the popular girl stuck alongside Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lindsay Lohan and Kaley Cuoco where all of her characters were “essentially exactly the same” with her lines. being “interchangeable”.

This, she said, seemed to give people the illusion that she had played herself. She said: “I think there has been a pervasive perception of me as a shallow succubus, if that makes any sense, for at least the first decade of my career.

“And then that started to change more recently, as people watched some of my interviews, listened to me speak and started to see me in a different way. “

Megan Fox starred with Lindsey Lohan in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Credit: Walt Disney

She then pointed out the blatant misogyny she faced when she recalled an appearance in 2009 on Jimmy Kimmel and direct! where she revealed how she was sexualized at the age of 15 during her stay on Bad boys 2. Instead of being supported to open up, everyone laughed.

A viral clip resurfaced from the time and Fox posted on Instagram thanking fans for their support, but said the interview was just another day in Hollywood.

Lacking self-confidence, Fox decided to take a break from the industry to find her “purpose” and says having children “somehow saved her” because she needed to “get away”.

But after the birth of her youngest son in 2016, Megan landed a role in New girl alongside Zooey Deschanel and admits that his character, Reagan, was closer to his personality than any of his other performances.

She said: “People were surprised that I was funny at all. More than being overlooked for my ability to handle comedy at times, I’ve always been surprised how easy it is for people to forget that I’m relatively smart.

“I was like, how does it get lost when there are ridiculous amounts of material that can educate you otherwise?” ”

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