Q&A: Making 'Friends' With Megan Fox
Megan Fox insists it's not a conscious career move, but take one look at the "Transformers" alum's 2012 movie lineup and you'll notice a pattern: comedy, comedy, comedy.
It all begins this week with "Friends With Kids," an indie ensemble co-starring Jennifer Westfeldt (who also wrote and directed), Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph and more, in which Fox plays the sultry young girlfriend to new father Scott. Next comes what promises to be a hilarious cameo in summer's "The Dictator" before a more prominent role in Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up" spin-off "This Is Forty."
The famously candid Fox did not disappoint when we sat down with her at the Toronto International Film Festival, discussing everything from her "boring" life away from the party scene to judging her replacement in "Transformers 3" to the possibility of playing Wonder Woman (sorry fanboys … it ain't looking good).
Wait, so "Friends With Kids"… not a sequel to "Friends With Benefits"?
Right … no. But just a giant orgy of all of these people that are on the poster. [laughs]
And you look at all those people and might also confuse it for a sequel to "Bridesmaids."
Right, but we did it before "Bridesmaids." But yeah, nobody knew that "Bridesmaids" was going to blow up the way that it did. So we have Kristen, Maya, Jon, Chris O’Dowd.
What could you relate to about your character Mary Jane?
I mean, I guess there was a point in my life where I was able to be really self-centered. [starts cracking knuckles]. Sorry, I have to crack them, it's driving me crazy now … But I started dating Brian when I was 18, and he already had a son who was 2, so I haven't had that period in time that most people have in their early 20s where really everything is self-centered and they're their own main priority. And it's always been about trying to blend and how to make this family work … So I don't really relate to Mary Jane at all. I mean she's not even like a real animal lover, which is kind of the opposite of me.
But you did have that in common though, you said Brian had a kid, and Adam's character in the movie who Mary Jane dates has one as well.
Yeah, but I've always loved kids, I have always been a mini-mommy. Even when I was a baby I always had baby dolls that I was reading to and I was brushing their hair or I was feeding them. Real babies I would take them and I wanted to care for them all the time. So I never had that weird "I don’t know about this" or "This makes me uncomfortable" or "Ewww, poop is scary" [moment]. I never had that problem. I love it … I mean, I don't love poop, but I love it. You know what I'm saying. I love babies.
Gotcha. And then there's the main conflict of the movie which revolves around seeing all your friends getting married and having kids and becoming un-fun or unhappy. Have you experienced that?
Well, again, because I was with [Brian] when I was 18 and he was already 31, he was already at the point where his little gang of guy friends that he had grown up with, they were already splintering off and mating off and having families and children, so I stepped right into that. So now when we have New Year's Eve, everybody will come over to our house and we'll wait for the countdown and as soon as it's New Years everyone just scatters in different directions and they all go home and go to bed. There's no partying and drinking because we're all old and really boring. We just want to cuddle in bed and watch "The Daily Show."
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So your life has gotten boring?
I don't think it's boring, I love it. I hate going out and being in crowds or being in clubs. I can't deal with it and I don't like it, I've never liked it. For a period when I was 18, because I was finally legal, I did it and I was always like, "Man I don't get it, but maybe I just have to keep doing it and eventually it's like beer, it'll grow on you, the taste of it." And it never did. It's not my thing, it's not my persona. I'm a Taurus, we're boring, if you're into astrology. What's your sign?
I'm a Libra.
Oh that's a good sign for boys. You're supposed to be nice and level-headed. You're supposed to be fair and just, because of the scale.
I'd like to think that.
Publicist Leslie Sloane Interjects: We'll see after how this interview goes.
Will do my best to live up to that. So among "Friends With Kids" and "The Dictator" and "This is 40," it seems like you're making some moves into comedy. Are you secretly conspiring to become the funniest women in America?
I wish I could say that I conspire to do anything but I don't. Things just come around and meetings come up and there are people that I like. I liked Jen [Westfeldt] and she wrote an amazing script so I wanted to be in the movie, and obviously who doesn't want to work for Judd Apatow? He's the king of comedy and he's also the nicest man I've ever met in my life. And Sacha Baron Cohen is a comedic genius so the opportunity to work with him on something, I wanted to do.
These are all people I admire and love and what I found is working on comedy sets is a much easier experience than working on a drama or a thriller or an action movie. And you go home at night and you're not exhausted and you're not bruised or bleeding or scarred. You go home and you go to bed and you wake up and you'e really happy to go to work the next day because everybody's happy. It's nice.
Speaking of getting scarred on set, did you see "Transformers 3"? I have to ask what you thought of your replacement, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
I haven't seen it yet. I haven't seen it so I don't know what she's like in it but I think having seen her around she's a very likable girl and I don't think she did anything wrong by taking that part. I mean Mike [Bay] wanted her in the movie. She was a model and she was like, "Yeah, I'll be in 'Transformers 3.'" And I've only heard good things about her so I have nothing negative to say.
Do you plan on seeing the movie, or is it like spying on your ex on Facebook?
I do, oh my god no! I wanted to see it as soon as it came out but I knew I couldn't go to the theater so I'll just have to Netflix it. But yeah, I want to see it. I thought the trailer looked incredible. And you know there's a part of me that wants to hate the trailer when comes out, pick it apart and be like "I saw that in the second one," and I couldn't. I was like, "Wow, the trailer's f**king amazing." It was. I don't know about the movie, I'm going to see it, but I was impressed.
You've got a reputation for speaking your mind during interviews and occasionally saying outrageous things. Do you ever get asked to tone that down?
Not officially, because here's the thing, they're with me when I do these interviews and nothing I say is actually that outrageous. But the way it gets spun, and the narratives that gets put on it by the journalist makes it salacious.
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So do you feel like you have to watch every word you say because of that kind of stuff?
You cannot live like that. You can't live in fear. I would be terrorized, you can't do that … You know I don't joke around as much as I used to in print because I know for a fact, even when the journalist prints it exactly how I said it, people can't read jokes off of a black and white piece of paper. They don't understand sarcasm, so that I’ve sort of pulled off a little just because I understand how it is hard to understand what the person was intending.
Another place we see you constantly in the media: sexy lists. There cannot be a hot or sexy list without Megan Fox on it these days … Do you even pay attention to those anymore?
I don't care, I don't. There's only so many girls in Hollywood. I mean I don't know how you couldn't end up on the list, honestly. There's only so many of us that are working. I just don't feel like it's a priority. I mean, it's flattering, thank God. I'm not against it, I don't hate it, it's just not something … I don’t call and go, "Hey Leslie, am I on the Maxim Hot 100 this year?"
Do you believe that there are not enough strong roles for women in Hollywood?
There are some, I mean I think that a lot of scripts are lacking in roles for women that make them three-dimensional people. It is usually the wife or the girlfriend or the love interest or the mistress. So the majority of the parts are that, but they exist and more so, there are a lot of new young writers who are writing really well for women. I think 10 years ago it was even worse. I think it's getting better.
You're working heavily in comedy right now but there are still gaggles of fans who want to see you do a full-on "Tomb Raider"-type action movie. Is that something you're considering? We see you Photoshopped as Wonder Woman (see right) all the time …
I just feel like that in particular would be a really be a difficult live action film to make because of the elements that made her Wonder Woman. To bring that into present day, a giant Amazonian woman whose only weapons are the lasso of truth that make you tell the truth and bulletproof wrist guards and an invisible jet … and her headband. Against, like, modern militia. It just doesn't work, I don't think. If they can make it, God bless 'em and I'll go watch it.
But I just don't know if I would be the right choice for that. Everybody loved Wonder Woman. I love action movies and if the right one comes along when I feel like it would be a good move to make then I would make it. I do enjoy that aspect of filmmaking as well. There's something really fun and run-and-gun and exciting about the process.
Can you ever see yourself working together with Brian?
No, I don't think that either one of us would enjoy that. I think we should keep it separate. I mean, never acting in the same movie. Maybe one producing something while the other one acts in it, but I don't think we would ever be onscreen together.