Like any red-blooded American kid born in the 80s, Megan Fox got hooked on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at an early age. The 28-year-old star — who brings genuine fan cred playing intrepid reporter April O’Neil in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — was around 5 or 6 years old when she saw the 1991 TMNT sequel Secret of the Ooze and fell for the crime-fighting team of Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo.
But hers was a forbidden love: while she consumed TMNT movies and cartoons, the comics were “too dark” for her, and the toys were off limits. “That’s only because my family did not have a lot of money and were really religious and strict,” explains the Tennessee native, who was raised Pentecostal and attended Catholic school, in the Yahoo Movies interview above. “So I didn’t have a lot of those kind of toys. I had a board game that was based on the Bible. It had a dove on the actual game. It was like Bible Pictionary…. That’s how I was raised, man.”
Fox kept her TMNT fandom into adulthood. “When it was time to do movie night [with husband Brian Austin Green] at home, I wanted to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And he was, like, ‘Are you sure? I’m thirty-something years old.’ And I was, like, ‘Yes, I’m sure, you shouldn’t be dating me if you can’t watch this movie… It’s this, or nothing.’”
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