20 things you probably didn't know about Megan Fox

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 27: Megan Fox attends "Machine Gun Kelly's Life In Pink" premiere at on June 27, 2022 in New York City.
Megan Fox is an actress known for her role in the "Transformers" series.Arturo Holmes/WireImage
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  • Megan Fox rose to fame as Mikaela Banes in the 2007 film "Transformers."

  • She's since worked on projects like "Jennifer's Body," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and "New Girl."

  • There are things that people likely don't know about Fox, like her ability to speak in tongues.

Fox grew up in rural Tennessee.

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Megan Fox was born in Tennessee.mydochub.com/newshawker.com

The actress was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and raised in Rockwood, which she described as "a semi-mountain town, very rural" during a 2009 interview with GQ UK.

"My dad used to hunt ducks and my mom would put them in the pot," she recalled, adding, "We lived really modestly. We had very little money."

Her father, who was a parole officer, and her mother divorced when she was 3 years old.

She wanted to be an actress from a young age.

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Megan Fox said she always wanted to break into acting.Jeffrey Mayer / Getty Images

"I wanted to be an actress from the time I was 2. My mom said it was the only thing I ever said I wanted to do. When I was 4 or 5, I watched 'The Wizard of Oz,' and for a year, I asked her to call me Dorothy. When my mom explained to me that Dorothy was not real, that an actress plays her, I decided I wanted to be an actress," she said during a 2009 interview with The New York Times.

Fox was an extra in "Bad Boys II" when she was just 15 years old.

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Megan Fox was 15 in "Bad Boys II."Columbia Pictures

At 15 years old, Fox appeared in the 2003 film "Bad Boys II" as an extra, she recalled during an interview with Jimmy Fallon.

"They were shooting this club scene, and they brought me in. I was wearing a stars and stripes bikini and a red cowboy hat and six-inch heels."

Because Fox was underage, she wasn't able to sit at the bar or have a drink in her hand, so she said the director had her dance underneath a waterfall instead.

She feuded with "Transformers" director Michael Bay.

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Megan Fox played Mikaela Banes in "Transformers."

Fox became well-known for her role as Mikaela Banes in the 2007 film "Transformers" and the 2009 film "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

During a 2009 interview with Wonderland Magazine, however, the actress ignited a feud with the films' director Michael Bay.

"He's like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. And it's endearing to watch him. He's vulnerable and fragile in real life and then on set he's a tyrant."

Her comments led to a drawn-out conflict between her and Bay, she told The New York Times several months later. And in response, the "Transformers" crew published an open letter responding to Fox's comments and called her "a classless, graceless, and shall we say unfriendly b----."

"I got myself in this whole mess, but it doesn't matter. I know that the things they said about me in the crew letter were not true, but Bay is not happy with some of the things I've said about him. I was waiting for someone to defend me, to say, 'That's not accurate,' but nobody did. I think it's because I'm a girl. They left me out there to be bludgeoned to death," she told The New York Times.

Bay and Fox eventually made amends and worked together on the 2014 film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

"I had to ride out two years of very negative press. There's this perception that I was sort of thrown out of Hollywood. The positive thing was that it forced me to be very introspective and go, 'You were not totally right in this situation.' I reached out to him, and we had a very genuine exchange. From that point forward, it was good," she told The New York Times in 2016.

Fox has admitted to having a major "sweet tooth."

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Megan Fox said she prefers to eat unbaked desserts.Jason Merritt/Getty Images

"I have a bad sweet tooth and I eat tons of unbaked things. Dough. Fudge. Brownie mix. Cake mix. To the point where you think you have salmonella," she told Wonderland Magazine in 2009.

The actress became sick while trying to lose weight for her role in "Jennifer's Body."

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Megan Fox starred in "Jennifer's Body."James Dittiger - © TM and2009 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

"I lost, like, 30lbs," Fox told GQ UK in 2009. "I was like, 'I'm losing weight for the movie.'"

The actress was preparing to star as Jennifer, a flesh-eating zombie, in the horror comedy film.

"I was telling myself I was being Method, which was so outrageous and ridiculous and not true. But I ended up getting sick and my hair started falling out and I was like, 'Oh, f---. I can't do this.'"

Even though she got sick while preparing for the role, Fox said "Jennifer's Body" was her favorite project.

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Megan Fox starred in "Jennifer's Body."Doane Gregory - © TM and2009 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

"Most of my fans, it's their favorite project that I've ever done. It's my favorite project that I've ever done," she said during a 2019 interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"I mean I have some other ones that I really liked. I loved working on 'Ninja Turtles.' I loved working on 'New Girl.' But this one was just magical at that moment in my life, and it was a perfect fit."

The actress said she doesn't have many friends and said she's never been a "social butterfly."

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Megan Fox is an actress.Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images

"I consider myself a 'girl's girl' in that I'm not competitive, jealous, or catty, but I don't have a ton of female friends — I have one. Her name is Mindy and she's a facialist," the actress told Cosmopolitan in August 2014.

She added, "I don't have many guy friends, either. I've never been a social butterfly. I don't feel lonely or isolated. I have one really great friend and that's all I need."

Fox has clubbed thumbs.

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Megan Fox has drawn attention for the thumbs.Megan Fox/Instagram

New York Daily News reported that the condition is called brachydactyly. The outlet also reported that the condition tends to be hereditary.

The actress was banned from Walmart after she was caught shoplifting makeup as a teenager.

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Megan Fox was caught shoplifting.Michael Sohn/AP

When she was a teenager, Fox reportedly attempted to shoplift makeup from Walmart, according to Digital Spy and Daily Express.

"I don't know if the ban was for life, but when I was 14 or 15 I did get caught and convicted of stealing Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen cosmetics from a Wal-Mart," she said, according to Daily Express.

"They actually took me into the court and I had two choices and I took the second choice, which was wrapping gifts for Christmas, which was awesome, it wasn't really a punishment. The other one was they were gonna make me wear a sign that said I stole from Wal-Mart and stand outside Wal-Mart for three days."

She listens to Britney Spears on planes to soothe her fear of flying.

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Megan Fox doesn't like flying.AP

"I know for a fact it's not my destiny to die listening to a Britney Spears album. So I always put that on in my iPhone when I'm flying because it won't crash as long as I've got Britney on. I developed a fear of flying when I turned 20. All of a sudden I got afraid to get on airplanes. I had to come up with ways to deal with it," she explained on an episode of TBS' "Conan."

The actress also revealed one of her less common fears during a 2009 interview with Wonderland Magazine.

"I can't stand to touch newspapers. Anything laminated is fine. Actual dry a-- paper I can't touch. It gives me chillbumps. It's like nails on a chalkboard. Ughh. Or like tissue paper. People can't touch me with dry things like that. I get really upset. It's something about how dry it is that I can't touch it. Those are my main fears," she said.

Fox has said she struggles with her mental health and is "completely, hysterically insecure" about her body.

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Megan Fox appeared on "New Girl."

After telling Wonderland Magazine that she's read nearly every book written about Marilyn Monroe's life, she explained that she does worry she may have a similar fate as the late actress, who had emotional struggles.

"I constantly struggle with the idea that I think I'm a borderline personality. Or that I have bouts of mild schizophrenia. I definitely have some kind of mental problem and I haven't pinpointed what it is. I feel like I could easily go in that direction and I need to know everything there is to know about it because I feel like it'll keep it from happening to me," Fox explained.

The following year, she also told Cosmopolitan that she's confident in her personality but said that she's "completely, hysterically insecure," "self-loathing," "introverted," and "neurotic" about her physical appearance.

She learned to speak in tongues at church.

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Megan Fox said she can speak in tongues.Katy Winn / Getty Images

The actress told Esquire that she began speaking in tongues at church when she was around 8 years old.

"The energy is so intense in the room that you feel like anything can happen," she said. "I have seen magical, crazy things happen. I've seen people be healed. Even now, in the church I go to, during Praise and Worship I could feel that I was maybe getting ready to speak in tongues, and I'd have to shut it off because I don't know what that church would do if I started screaming out in tongues in the back."

The actress went on to describe speaking in tongues as "a lot of energy coming through the top of your head."

"I'm going to sound like such a lunatic — and then your whole body is filled with this electric current. And you just start speaking, but you're not thinking because you have no idea what you're saying. Words are coming out of your mouth, and you can't control it. The idea is that it's a language that only God understands. It's the language that's spoken in heaven. It's called 'getting the Holy Ghost,'" she said.

Fox said that she doesn't like drugs or drinking because they make her feel "out of control."

"I have to feel like I'm in control of my body. And I know what you're thinking, 'Then why would I want to go to church and speak in tongues?' You have to understand, there I feel safe. I was raised to believe that you're safe in God's hands. But I don't feel safe with myself," she explained.

Before she was an actress, she used to dress up as a giant banana for her job at a smoothie shop.

Megan Fox was surprised on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."Ellen / screenshot

During a 2012 appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Fox spoke about her job before she caught her break in the acting world.

"I worked at a little smoothie shop in Florida and I mostly worked behind the register. Once a week, usually on Fridays, someone had to dress up as a fruit, a piece of fruit and go out and stand by the highway," she said. "I was a giant banana."

The actress was gaining so much attention on men-centric websites that they boycotted her for a day in 2009.

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Megan Fox rose to fame for her role in "Transformers."Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

As she rose to fame, Fox appeared on the covers of magazines including GQ UK, Elle, Maxim, and more.

In August of 2009, male-focused websites like Ask Men and Just a Guy Thing decided to have a "a Megan Fox media blackout day" because the actress was getting so much exposure, according to NBC Washington.

"It's time to give another young actress a shot at the attention. We're taking a one-day break from covering Megan's latest nail polish color and instead promoting another 'Next Big Thing,'" Eric Rogell of TheBachelorGuy.com told NBC Washington.

She had a tattoo of Marilyn Monroe's face on her arm but later removed it.

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Megan Fox had a Marilyn Monroe tattoo.REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

She had a large image of the late bombshell's face on her forearm before deciding to get it removed.

"I started reading about her and realized that her life was incredibly difficult. It's like when you visualize something for your future. I didn't want to visualize something so negative," she told Esquire in 2013.

Fox added, "She wasn't powerful at the time. She was sort of like Lindsay [Lohan]. She was an actress who wasn't reliable, who almost wasn't insurable... She had all the potential in the world, and it was squandered. I'm not interested in following in those footsteps."

She opened up about her relationships with women in the past and revealed that she has celebrity crushes on Olivia Wilde and Jenna Jameson.

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Megan Fox opened up about a relationship with a woman named Nikita.AP Images

During a 2008 interview with GQ, she recalled her relationship with a woman named Nikita.

"Well, that year my boyfriend broke up with me, and I decided—oh man; sorry, Mommy!—that I was in love with this girl that worked at the Body Shop [a strip club on Sunset Boulevard]. I decided that I was going to get her to love me back, and I went out of my way to create a relationship with this girl, a stripper named Nikita," she explained.

Fox continued, "I was there all the time—I would go there by myself. I bought her things—perfume, body spray, girlie stuff. I turned into a weird middle-aged married man. I felt like I had this need to save Nikita. I'd get lap dances so I could get to know her, and I'd give her what I thought were great little sound bites of inspiration—like, 'You can do it, you're better than this!' I didn't want her to be there."

The actress clarified that she didn't identify as a member of the LGBTQ community.

"I just think that all humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes. I mean, I could see myself in a relationship with a girl—Olivia Wilde is so sexy she makes me want to strangle a mountain ox with my bare hands. She's mesmerizing. And lately I've been obsessed with Jenna Jameson, but.… Oh boy," she said.

Fox loves comics and even draws her own.

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Megan Fox spoke at Comic Con.Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images

"My sister used to collect comics when I was a kid, so I got obsessed with it through her. And I really like to draw so I'm obsessed with a lot of the artists that do comic books. It's just a good world. It makes me feel good. I love Comic-Con. I loved 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.' It was such a big part of my childhood. I just enjoy it. I don't know how you couldn't enjoy it," she told Entertainment Weekly in 2009.

The actress also listed her favorite comics as"Witchblade," "Fathom," and "Gen 13" during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.

She starred in the music video for the song "Love the Way You Lie."

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Megan Fox stars in the music video for "Love the Way You Lie."Eminem/YouTube

In 2010, Fox starred alongside Dominic Monaghan in the music video for Eminem and Rihanna's song. They played a man and woman struggling with their toxic relationship.

The video received mixed reactions from critics due to its graphic portrayal of domestic abuse.

She and her husband, Brian Austin Green, met on the set of "Hope & Faith."

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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green have been married since 2010.Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Fox and Austin first met when the actor appeared on an episode of the sitcom "Hope & Faith." She was 18 at the time, and he was 30.

"I liked him right away," Fox told The New York Times Magazine. "Everyone was around the monitor watching a scene, and Brian accidentally touched my leg. I remember literal electricity shooting through me and out me from every direction. It was like magic."

They married in 2010 and now share three children: Bodhi, Noah, and Journey.

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