“One could assume that I probably have quite a few stories, and I do,” Fox tells the New York Times.
Megan Fox is known for speaking her mind when it comes to the ugly underbelly of Hollywood, but has kept largely quiet in the #MeToo era. As she explains it, it’s been a very conscious decision.
The actress famously labeled "Transformers" director Michael Bay "a nightmare to work with" and someone who "wants to be like Hitler on his sets," words that took on a life of their own after a 2011 interview with GQ. She’s also always called out the treatment of women in the industry, long before #MeToo became what it is today.
In an interview with the New York Times, the reporter said Fox "perhaps paid a price" for speaking out in the past and asked whether she believes the public "owes" her an apology at all.
"I mean, that’s a lovely sentiment, and I appreciate that. I don’t know that I want to feel anything about it because my words were taken and used against me in a way that was — at that time in my life, at that age and dealing with that level of fame — really painful," she said, looking back.
Even if she was considered ahead of her time, Fox added, "I don’t know if there will ever be a time where I’m considered normal or relatable or likable." She continued, "because of my experience, I feel it’s likely that I will always be just out of the collective understanding."
Admitting she does have "quite a few" #MeToo stories of her own, Fox went on to explain why she hasn’t been as vocal about them as others in Hollywood.
"I didn’t speak out for many reasons. I just didn’t think based on how I’d been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim," she said. "And I thought if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it’s appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story."
She went on to say that she doesn’t believe it’s her "job to punish someone because they did something bad to me," but added that doesn’t mean "other people shouldn’t do what they feel is right."
Fox recently spoke about her rift with Bay on "Watch What Happens Live" last month, explaining that they were able to bury the hatchet after she criticized him in the press. "As I got a little older, I understood that regardless of whatever my issues were, they should always have remained private," she said. "Like, you should never blast someone like that in public."
The two were able to patch things up and later worked together on the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" films.
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