A-List: Megan Fox
In the What the Hell Happened series, I take the long view of an actor or actress’ career. That series explores whether or not an actor or actress ever reached the A-list. If not, why not? If so, what happened? There is a full career arc from unknown to household name to What the Hell Happened subject. In this series, which I am simply calling A-list, my focus is not on what happened but on what is happening right now and what may happen in the future. Sure, that’s going to involve looking back on what brought us to this point. But the focus is primarily on the now. My subjects will be actors or actresses whose status has recently shifted up or down. Some of them may be A-listers who have suffered a set-back. Others may be A-list hopefuls. This past weekend, Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dominated the box office. Not only was it the number one movie of the week, it outperformed even the most optimistic projections. It’s a clear victory for Bay who took a lot of heat when certain plot elements leaked to the public. But what it means for Megan Fox is less certain.
Fox’s first acting job was in a direct-to-video Olsen twins movie. In 2003, Fox was an extra in Michael Bay’s Bad Boys 2. She was only 15 years old at the time. So naturally Bay put her in a stars-and-stripes bikini and had her dance under a waterfall like 15-year-olds do. Here’s Fox explaining her humble beginnings to Jay Leno on the Tonight Show:
“They put me in six-inch heels and a stars-and-stripes bikini,” Fox said. “Sent me to Michael. He approved me. Then they put me in the scene under a waterfall. You got $500 extra if you were willing to get wet, and I was thrilled to get wet. I was still a child, but for those two days I was being treated like a grown woman. I felt like I should be in a bikini dancing under a waterfall: that is where I thought I belonged.”
The following year, Fox played the bitchy girl in the Lindsay Lohan movie, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. This was a transitional movie for Lohan who was going from Disney princess to mean girl. For Fox, it was a chance to be seen. According to Fox:
“I played the bitch, of course. I was always cast as the bitch. The light-haired girl is the sweet leading lady, and the dark girl is the sexy bitch.” She paused. “I didn’t know how to act when I did that movie. I just mimicked all the bitches I’d seen other people play on TV.”
From 2004-2006, Fox appeared on the sitcom, Hope & Faith. The show starred Faith Ford, Kelly Ripa and the legendary Ted McGinley. Fox played Ford’s daughter in the show’s second and third seasons. The role was originated by Nicole Paggi. While appearing on the show, Fox met former Beverly Hills 90210 star, Brian Austin Green. She was 18 and Green was 30. They started dating. Contrary to Fox’s wild girl image, they stayed together. They were married in 2010.