Megan Fox at 35: What happened to the Transformers star?

Rogue: Megan Fox stars in 2020 action movie trailer

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In the late Noughties, Fox was flying high on the back on the first two Transformers movies. Her spectacular looks had made her a global pin-up, voted Sexiest Woman In The World in 2008 by the readers of FHM magazine. But one very public ill-advised comment and her own apparent increasing unhappiness with her public image changed everything. She was dropped from the Transformers franchise and her Hollywood career stumbled. Since then, public feuds, plastic surgery rumours and her tangled love-life have dominated headlines. So, where is she now? 

Fox made her on-screen debut in the Olsen Twins rom-com Holiday In The Sun as a spoiled ‘rich b*tch’ and followed that with a starring role in the low-budget Swedish-American soap  Ocean Avenue.

She stayed firmly in the teen market with a role in Lindsay Lohans’s 2004 movie Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and the TV sitcom Hope and Faith until 2006.

She reemerged in 2007’s Transformers film with her pretty looks transformed into in a sharply-chiselled big-screen beauty. Comparisons were made to Angelina Jolie and superstardom beckoned. 

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Even then, though, Fox made surprising career choices, pursuing arthouse comedies and low-budget dramas like 2008’s Whore and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.

The following year she paired the Transformers sequel with the critically acclaimed (but commericial flop) horror Jennifer’s Body.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ended with Shia Labeouf’s Sam Witwicky declaring his love for Fox’s character Mikaela, so she would have expected to be in the third movie, Dark Side of The Moon.

Each film had been more successful that the last and third would top one billion dollars at the box office. Unfortunately, Fox was not in it.

In a 2009 interview she had said of Transformers director Michael Bay: “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.”

Bay was understandably not happy. He was and remains a tremendously powerful figure in Hollywood. The franchise’s producer Steven Spielberg was also displeased with Fox’s comments and told Bay to drop her.

In 20011 when Transformers 3 hit screens with Rosie Huntington-Whitely as the new female lead, LaBeouf said: “Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women.”

 

Although Fox subsequently spent a few years in the Hollywood wilderness, she also had three sons with partner Brian Austin Green, who she dated on and off from 2004 to 2019. Noah Shannon Green was born in 2012), followed by Bodhi Ransom Green in 2014 and Journey River Green in 2016.

She appears to have repaired her relationship with Bay, making her blockbuster return in the 2014 and 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films which he produced. Fox also starred in the hit US sitcom New Girl from 2016-2017.

2020 brought the actress a new relationship with music star Machine Gun Kelly and a raft of new movie projects.

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After numerous splits and reconciliations, Fox filed for divorce from Green in 2019 and in June the following year announced she was in a relationship with Kelly after starring in his video for Bloody Valentine.

The same year she starred as a gutsy mercenary in Rogue as well as in the family comedy Think Like A Dog with Josh Duhamel. Her return to the screen alongside Hollywood A-listers will be complete when her next five projects, all in post-production, hit cinemas.

Fox will star with Bruce Willis in crime thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass, and with Andy Garcia and Oscar Isaac in dark comedy Big Gold Brick. She will provide one of the voices for upcoming animation Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphin with LKate Winslet and Gerard Butler, as well as taking the lead in horror thriller Till Death.

The Transformers film series is available to watch on Amazon Prime 

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