When Megan Fox was first introduced to the world, she was heralded for her incredible beauty and people couldn't help but compare her to a younger version of Angelina Jolie. Once she started to appear on the big screen, it seemed like Hollywood had found its new "it" girl. Her appearances in the first two instalments in the Transformers film series gave much promise that she would become one of Hollywood's go-to actresses for the big screen. Yet, things changed drastically once Fox gave an interview with the British magazine, Wonderland.
In the interview, Fox made some harsh statements regarding her time working with Michael Bay and stated, "He wants to be like Hitler on his set and he is." In response, Bay gave a 2011 interview with GQ magazine and claimed that it was Steven Spielberg that instructed Fox to be fired from the franchise. The backlash from the incident caused Megan Fox to suffer a great deal in regards to her career. Yet, it seems like Hollywood and the public are ready to delve into their forgiving nature and dole out a second chance. However, that doesn't mean that there hasn't been any effort from Fox to turn her career around. Check out our list of the 20 ways Megan Fox is trying to make a comeback and see how this Hollywood starlet is turning her reputation around.
20 Made Amends With Michael Bay
Megan Fox isn't the only actress that's ever had issues working with a male director and Michael Bay didn't exactly have a shining reputation with what it was like to work with him on set. Yet, her comments about how difficult he was to work with and comparing him to a dictator were definitely crossing a line. The first step in turning her reputation around and gaining back the esteem from Hollywood was to make amends with Michael Bay.
After two years of dealing with the backlash of her comments against him, Fox and Bay made amends and reunited for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Bay wrote on his blog and stated, "We are bringing Megan Fox back into the family."
19 Ingratiating Herself To A Younger Generation
While it was definitely an advantage for Megan Fox to be compared to Angelina Jolie at the start of her career, it was a compliment that was a little dated for some members of the public. While Angelina Jolie was once thought of as one of Hollywood's hottest leading ladies, it's been quite some time since she really brought in viewers to the movie theatres. Nowadays, she's seen more as a humanitarian and filmmaker so it required Fox to introduce herself to a younger generation that would be able to find her relevant. Taking on the role in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise was a great move on her part to really separate herself from her old persona and introduce herself to a younger generation of fans.
18 Sympathy From A Co-Star
When the comments Megan Fox made about how difficult it was to work with Michael Bay started to make headline news, it was easy for the public to brush off some of the other comments she made during the interview. With some time passing and the world starting to pay far more attention to women's issues after the #MeToo movement, it's interesting how some of her other comments give insight into the overall situation. Shia LaBeouf actually came to her aide when he conducted an interview with L.A. Times and stated, This is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the foxiest woman in America. And she had a hard time accepting it.”
17 Stint On New Girl
When New Girl premiered its first episode in 2011, it was Zooey Deschanel that really seemed to bring in viewers. Television audiences loved watching her navigate through life in Los Angeles and it became a TV hit. When Deschanel needed to go on maternity leave, it was Megan Fox that got the role to fill some big shoes on New Girl. While it could have been a complete disaster, Fox really seemed to shine on the show and it was a helpful little push towards the public starting to see her as back in the running as a likeable actress that could make a comeback.
16 Brand Endorsement
While many people often get hung up on gauging an actor's success by the amount of recent films they've appeared in, it's important to note that brand endorsements and entrepreneurial endeavours can be mean far more than just a simple acting credit. Jessica Simpson is a great example of how the public can have a completely different perspective on a celebrity if they are able to achieve success through outside endeavours. Fox became a brand ambassador for Frederick's of Hollywood and the success of the Megan Fox Collection has started to make her appear as a savvy businesswoman in the eyes of the public.
15 Make-Up Free On Instagram
In a world filled with a myriad of women trying to make a name for themselves through Instagram, it's interesting how Megan Fox has portrayed herself on social media. She didn't post on Instagram until July 2014 and she didn't opt for an ultra-glamorous shot with a picturesque location. Instead, it was a simple photo of Fox without even a hint of makeup. People couldn't help but comment on how stunning she looked and it really helped to turn her public persona around to show that she really is a natural beauty.
14 Fighting For Her Relationship
While people are aware of the increasing divorce rate amongst marriages in the general public, it's interesting how much that rate is accelerated in the world of the rich and famous. Hollywood marriages that have lasted through the test of time are actually the rarity and the public has become accustomed to seeing celebrity couples split. Yet, it seems like Megan Fox is really willing to fight for marriage since she married Brian Austin Green in 2010. Their on-again/off-again relationship has definitely been tested over the years but the fact that she has been shown fighting for their marriage really says a lot about her character.
13 Trying To Shed Her Persona
While it's obvious that Hollywood has had a tendency to sexualize its female characters, it's important to note that not every female in the entertainment industry is thrilled about being cast as that type of particular character on the big screen. Fox was definitely coined as the "eye candy" in the Transformers film series and the camera often depicted her as such, even when she was actually quite knowledgeable about car mechanics in the storyline. Rather than continually try and perpetuate her "perfect" beauty, Fox has gradually allowed the world to see that she is far more than just a pretty face in Hollywood and people have started to change their opinion of her with each passing year.
12 Strict Regimen
Oftentimes, the public can be a bit puzzled when it comes to how a celebrity can keep a physique. Everyone is so used to seeing paparazzi photos of their favorite stars dining out at luxury restaurants and having drinks at Hollywood hotspots. Yet, these same stars can be seen gracing magazine covers looking like they're in the best shape of their lives. Rather than some celebrities that boast eating pizza and fast food all the time, Megan Fox has been quite open about how strict of a diet she needs to be on in order to maintain her incredible physique. MSN reported part of her regimen when she stated, "I eat organic all the time. I drink at least 100 ounces of water a day and I drink less than 8 ounces of coffee a day."
11 Real Woman At The Gym
With athleisure clothing becoming the hottest new trend in fashion, it's interesting how some celebrities have been photographed when they're on their way to the gym. Workout clothing can come in all different price ranges but it seems like celebrities are constantly being photographed wearing the ultra-expensive leggings and the matching sets that really seem to help them stand out for the paparazzi. Yet, that doesn't seem to be the case for Megan Fox since she's often photographed wearing something quite unassuming and only further helping the public to see her as far more relatable and likeable.
10 She Can’t Cook
There are a number of Hollywood starlets that are definitely portrayed as "Superwoman" that can seemingly do it all. From posting their gourmet meals on Instagram to selling cookies with their kids, it's interesting how there is still quite a bit of an expectation for women in Hollywood. However, Megan Fox gave the public a bit of insight into her home life when she gave an interview with Allure magazine in June 2010. She let everyone know that she actually couldn't cook and stated, "I'll starve to death before I'll cook for myself. I think I could survive a week without eating." It was refreshing for the public to see that she's not just another "Superwoman" in Hollywood with impossibly beautiful looks.
9 She Revealed That She Has Insecurities
With Megan Fox appearing in films where she was portrayed as the ultra-beautiful leading lady with incredible fox appeal, it definitely put a certain lens in how the world has perceived her. This was also coupled with the fact that she was often seen on the red carpet looking flawless and was constantly being heralded for her incredible beauty. It isn't surprising that some people in the public would start to harden themselves towards Megan Fox as a person. Yet, people were able to see a different side to her once she gave a 2010 interview with Allure magazine. She revealed some common insecurities that so many other people can relate to when she stated,
"I hate receiving compliments; I hate being told I'm talented or people think I'm going to be a movie star.
I always feel that it's forced and fake."
8 Roles With Likeable Actors
While Michael Bay was giving his 2011 interview about the entire ordeal involving Megan Fox and Steven Spielberg's reaction, Megan Fox wasn't just sitting around waiting for the backlash to come at her with full force. She was busy promoting the film, Friends with Kids. This 2011 film featured some well-known names, including Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig. While the character that Fox portrayed definitely showed off her beauty and appeal, it helped her to be associated with other actors that had already garnered the public's esteem.
7 More Attention Toward Charity Work
With so much focus on the beauty of Megan Fox and her incredible fox appeal, it's not surprising that some of her philanthropy work during the early years of her career had been easily skipped over by the media. Yet, the public is starting to hear more about all of the charity work that she's done in the past and continues to do in her free time. In 2014, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green donated their time at a charity event, "Stars 4 Smiles." This isn't the first time Megan Fox has shown her charitable nature but it definitely sparked something in the public to show that she's not just another pretty face in Hollywood.
6 Great Stepmother
When it comes to blended families, it can be a little tricky to find someone that will really love and care for a child that isn't their own. Yet, with so many blended families in the world, it seems like this is something that has become extremely important to the public and allows for a change of opinion on those that can really make this difficult situation work. In the case of Megan Fox, it became known that Fox had really played a huge role in helping to raise Brian Austin Green's son for quite some time. In an interview with People magazine, Green stated,
"She’s helped me raise him since he was two. He loves her to death and she loves him to death. They have a great relationship. That’s all I can ask for.”
After all of these years, there hasn't been any negative headlines regarding her relationship with Green's son, Kassius, and it's really shown the public about her caring nature.
5 Being A Mother
While the world has started to change their perspective on expectations for a woman's life, there still seems to be a certain change in perception from a single woman to a mother with children. Despite her tumultuous relationship with Brian Austin Green, the pair have had three children together and Fox has often been photographed doing things that any other mom would do. Seeing her navigate motherhood like anyone else in the regular world has really seemed to soften the public's perception of her and the consensus seems to be that she's a really great mother.
4 Attitude Toward Gender Neutral
In recent years, the public has started to broaden their range of knowledge when it comes to gender stereotypes and the issues that can occur with the transgender community. While there once was a time when this was a completely taboo subject, public figures like Caitlyn Jenner have opened people's minds to this community and the difficulties they endure. In the case of Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, they have both been quite open about their stance on gender stereotypes and they have allowed their sons to express themselves freely. This has often included them wearing dresses and other clothes that aren't stereotypical to boys' clothing. This has really made some people herald Fox for her openness in the way she has chosen to raise her children.
3 Sympathy For Mom-Shaming
The world has become accustomed to heavily criticizing the rich and famous because of all the outlets that cater towards a judgmental look towards the celebrities in Hollywood. From judging "who wore it better?" to the constant tabloid features that zoom in on midsections that may allow for speculation of a pregnancy, it seems like the world has become numb to the criticism of celebrities. Yet, that's not exactly true for when a celebrity is "mom-shamed." That's what happened to Megan Fox when she posted a photo of her sons on Instagram in the summer of 2018. While some criticized her for allowing her son's to grow their hair so long, others came to her defence and commended her for raising happy and healthy children.
2 Stormfall: Rise Of Balur Mobile Game
While there was once a time when video games were voiced and portrayed by seemingly unknown individuals, more and more celebrities have started to get into the video game and app platform. From big name actors lending their voices to multiplayer shooter games to Kim Kardashian's hugely successful mobile app, it's become a huge boost for a celebrity to be featured in any sort of video game. In 2016, the web-based game developer, Plarium, announced a partnership with Megan Fox for the medieval-themed game, Stormfall: Rise of Balur. Not only did it put an extra boost in her career, but it was also helpful in turning around public persona of her.
1 Travel Channel Gig
In April 2018, the Travel Channel revealed that Megan Fox would be working on a four-episode series entitled, Mysteries and Myths. While it may seem a bit strange for Fox to host a series involving ancient cultures and history for the Travel Channel, but she's actually a co-creator of the series and serves as the executive producer. The Travel Channel released a statement saying,
"Fox has been obsessed since an early age with the history of ancient cultures, people and places — always questioning their 'documented' story."
The fact that the world is able to see that she is far more intelligent than how she has been presented over the years is a great step in the right direction towards allowing Fox to make a true comeback.
References: GQ, The Guardian, Games Radar, The Atlantic, News 24, US Weekly, The Fashion Spot, Celebitchy, Daily Mail, Just Jared, People, Hollywood Life, Deadline