Actress Megan Fox, 26, graces the cover of February’s Esquire Magazine. And if you thought it was only a gossip-driven story, you’re wrong: The accompanying interview that will certainly pique the interest of both movie buffs and people of faith, alike.
In addition to describing the difficulties that come along with fame, Fox noted her belief in the Biblical account of the “end times,” while also claiming that she has been speaking in tongues since she was 8-years-old. These revelations might be surprising to some, especially considering that they come from an actress who is known, most prominently, for her sex appeal.
But Fox’s religious beliefs are clear and pointed throughout the interview, as some interesting moments from the exchange certainly stand out. Esquire’s Sante D’Orazio writes that Fox is “preparing for the end times” and that the actress was far more comfortable talking about the Antichrist than she was her own career.
“I’ve read the Book of Revelation a million times. It does not make sense, obviously,” she told D’Orazio. “It needs to be decoded. What is the dragon? What is the prostitute? What are these things? What is this imagery? What was John seeing? And I was just thinking, ‘What is the Antichrist?'”
As she discussed these elements, the writer described her as “relaxed.” Fox continued: “When war breaks out in the Holy Land, like it is right now, if that is a sign of the immediate end times, then where are the other signs? Is it possible that it’s the Internet or fame itself or celebrity?”
The conversation, though, went much deeper than fears and questions about Revelation, as the actress admitted that she has been speaking in tongues since she was a child. That started when she was attending a Pentecostal church in Tennessee as a child. She described the energy she experiences when connecting with God in this manner as “intense” and she made a curious comparison — one that she admitted will raise some eyebrows.
“They’re going to hate that I compare it to this, but have you ever watched footage of a Santeria gathering or someone doing voodoo? You know how palpable the energy is?,” she asked. “Whatever’s going on there, it’s for real.”
While she admitted that some may consider her a lunatic after reading her description of speaking in tongues, Fox described her feelings in detail. She said that the energy enters the top of her head and that she is “filled with this electric current.” Then, she starts speaking, but isn’t sure what’s coming out of her mouth, as she cannot control the words.
“The idea is that it’s a language that only God understands. It’s the language that’s spoken in heaven,” she said. “It’s called ‘getting the Holy Ghost.'”
Rather than relying upon alcohol and drugs — elements that Fox claims she dislikes, as she prefers to remain in control — she has looked to church to get her through. And rather than speaking about her experience generally and without personal connection, she told D’Orazio about some of the miracles she’s seen unfold first-hand inside of houses of worship.
“I have seen magical, crazy things happen. I’ve seen people be healed,” she said. “Even now, in the church I go to, during Praise and Worship I could feel that I was maybe getting ready to speak in tongues, and I’d have to shut it off because I don’t know what that church would do if I started screaming out in tongues in the back.”
Read the surprising and compelling interview, in full, over at Esquire.com.