Megan Fox hasn’t made a major step into the Hollywood spotlight for a while and now she’s sharing the reason behind it.
The actress sat down for an interview with Entertainment Tonight to talk about the dark side of being in the industry. Fox admitted to the outlet that she had struggled with stardom as she was perceived in Hollywood as an overtly sexual bombshell. One of these instances was the marketing strategy for 2009’s Jennifer’s Body which Fox starred in along with Amanda Seyfried.
“There was so much going on with me at that time, that movie being picked apart was not at the top of [my list of concerns],” the actress tells ET. Fox at the time was also the subject of negative press mainly for her comments about Transformers director Michael Bay. In an interview with Wonderwall back in 2009, she infamously compared the filmmaker to Adolf Hitler.
The actress describes her relationship with the press and the general public as “fraught” at the time. On top of that, the Zeroville star went on to share that being constantly sexualized and objectified wasn’t something she could just shake off.
“It wasn’t just that movie, it was every day of my life, all the time, with every project I worked on and every producer I worked with,” she recalled. “It preceded a breaking point for me.”
“I think I had a genuine psychological breakdown where I wanted just nothing to do,” she says about her previous mental state. She explains that this was the reason behind her decision to step out of the limelight for a while fearing that she was going to be “mocked” in public.