Birthdate : May 16, 1986
Birthplace : Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA
Megan Fox (birthname: Megan Denise Fox) is the rare sex symbol and pin-up girl, in a generation unknown to many of them. Fox’s feature debut was as the antagonist to star Lindsay Lohan’s hero in the Disney teen musical, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), with Adam Garcia, Glenne Headly, Alison Pill, and Carol Kane. The first blockbuster movie for Fox was Michael Bay’s original Transformers (2007), with Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel, and Anthony Anderson, earning a knockout $709 million worldwide, and spawning a sequel, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), in which Fox continued her role as Mikaela.
Fox was cast in the far less successful British comedy, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008), directed by Robert B. Weide, and co-starring Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Danny Huston, Gillian Anderson, and Jeff Bridges. After a co-starring role in star-filmmaker Thomas Dekker’s drama, Whore (2008), Megan Fox had her first significant starring role as the title character in the Karyn Kusama-directed horror comedy, Jennifer’s Body (2009), written by Diablo Cody and with Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, and Adam Brody.
Fox jumped into the superhero genre with Warner Bros.’ Western-accented Jonah Hex (2010), starring Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, and Michael Shannon, but it tanked at the box office. A worse commercial result came for Fox’s next movie, writer-director Mitch Glazer’s Passion Play (2011), starring Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray, Rhys Ifans, and Kelly Lynch, and premiering at the Toronto Film Festival.
Another poorly performing film with Fox as a co-star was writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt’s rom-com, Friends with Kids (2011), co-starring Adam Scott, Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, and Edward Burns, and released by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions. Fox played herself in Sacha Baron Cohen’s political satire, The Dictator (2012), directed by Larry Charles, with Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley, grossing double its $65-million budget for Paramount Pictures.
Megan Fox continued her run of comedies with director/writer/producer Judd Apatow in This is 40 (2012), starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow, and Albert Brooks, grossing a solid $88 million globally for Universal Pictures. Fox took on the role of April in back-to-back movies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016), with castmates Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Abby Elliott, Alan Ritchson, and Laura Linney, but failing to earn the kind of grosses to generate a second sequel.
Fox co-starred with star-filmmaker James Franco in his financially and critically disastrous adaptation (with screenwriters Paul Felten and Ian Olds) of Steve Erickson’s novel, Zeroville (2019), co-starring Seth Rogen, Joey King, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Jacki Weaver. In an unusual move, Megan Fox joined Korean co-directors Kwak Kyung-taek and Kim Tae-hoon as the sole American actor in the Korean War-set The Battle of Jangsari (2019), starring Kim Myung-min, Choi Min-ho, and Kim Sung-cheol.
Fox starred as a mercenary soldier in Africa in director/writer/producer M.J. Bassett’s little-seen action movie for Lionsgate, Rogue (2020). Fox starred in another little-seen thriller, from Screen Media Films, the S.K. Dale-directed Till Death (2021), and then co-starred with Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch, and Lukas Haas in producer-director Randall Emmett’s crime movie, Midnight in the Switchgrass (2021), which was a critical and commercial bomb for Lionsgate.
Megan Fox co-starred next with Andy Garcia, Lucy Hale, and Oscar Isaac in director/writer/producer Brian Petsos’ black comedy, Big Gold Brick (2022), released by Samuel Goldwyn Films/Arclight Films. Fox joined co-writer/director Tim Sutton and co-writer/star Machine Gun Kelly for the drama, Taurus (2022), with Maddie Hasson and Scoot McNairy, which premiered in the Panorama competition of the Berlin Film Festival.
Continuing with Kelly (credited here as “Colson Baker” as a collaborating star/director/writer/producer with Mod Sun, Fox played a supporting role in the lambasted stoner comedy, Good Mourning (2022), with GaTa, Zach Villa, Becky G, and Dove Cameron, and with cameo roles by a host of pop culture figures (Avril Lavigne, Dennis Rodman, Tom Arnold, Pete Davidson, Danny Trejo, and Snoop Dogg). Megan Fox found herself surrounded by mega-macho dudes in the Scott Waugh-directed sequel for Lionsgate, Expend4bles (2023), starring Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Randy Couture, and Andy Garcia.
In her first voice performance for an animated film, Fox co-starred in co-writer/director Jonathon Kay’s 3-D animated fantasy, Naya: Legend of the Golden Dolphin (date to be announced), with Gerard Butler, Kate Winslet, and Elliot Page. Fox then starred as a rebellious fembot in the S.K. Dale-directed sci-fi thriller, Subservience (date to be announced), with Michele Morrone, Madeline Zima, and Andrew Whipp.
Megan Fox was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and raised in Rockwood, Tennessee by parents Franklin (parole officer) and Gloria Fox. Fox has one sister, Kristi Fox. Fox’s parents divorced when she was three; her mother remarried to Tony Tonachio. Fox was raised in a strict Pentecostal household. Fox’s interest in dance and drama began early at five years old when she trained at a center in Kingston, Tennessee while attending Kingston Elementary School, where she was also in the school chorus and swim team. Her family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, when she was ten years old. Fox began modeling at age 13 and won modeling awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention.
A victim of bullying (according to her by fellow girls, jealous of her attachment to boys), Fox attended Morningside Academy and then St. Lucie West Centennial High School. Fed up with her school, Fox passed tests that allowed her to graduate early at age 17 when she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Fox was married to actor/producer/director Brian Austin Green from 2010 to 2022 when the couple divorced (for technically the second time, after having filed for divorce earlier in 2015 and then reconciling); the couple has four children, Kassius Marcil-Green, Journey Green, Bodhi Green, and Noah Green. Fox has been in a relationship with singer/actor/filmmaker Machine Gun Kelly since 2020; the couple was engaged in early 2022. Fox’s height is 5’ 4”. Fox’s estimated net worth is $8 million.
Health Issues: Megan Fox suffered from manic depression and eating disorders as a teenager; she determined that her depression was genetic. Fox also has a form of brachydactyly (or clubbed thumb), OCD, self-harming tendencies, and insecurities stemming from low self-esteem.
Regrets: In 2010, after being the subject of media over-exposure, Fox commented that “my biggest regret is that I’ve assisted the media in making me a cartoon character. I don’t regret what happened to me, but I regret how I have dealt with it.”
Complex Sexuality: Despite her image as a sex symbol, Megan Fox insists that she has been sexually intimate with only a couple of men (including her former husband Brian Austin Green), but that she’s also bisexual, but would she “would never what to sleep with a girl who had slept with a man,” since she considers men “so dirty.”