Actress Megan Fox considers herself a feminist, but says that her fellow feminists didn't support or welcome her because she wasn't feminist enough.
Box office bombs, psychological breakdowns, and #MeToo
Fox, 33, says that when she first broke into Hollywood, she suffered a "genuine psychological breakdown" after one of her first movies, "Jennifer's Body," bombed at the box office in 2009.
"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]," Fox told Entertainment Tonight during an interview released Wednesday. "Because I had such a fraught relationship with the public, and the media, and journalists, and I was struggling so much at that time in general, this didn't stand out as a particularly painful moment, it was just part of the mix."
Fox also said that the media and Hollywood over-sexualized her from a young age, and she often fell victim to the very types of happenings condemned by the #MeToo movement. The actress explained that she didn't receive much peer support over her alleged experiences, due in part perceived sex-kitten persona.
"I feel like I was sort of out and in front of the #MeToo movement before the #MeToo movement happened, I was speaking out and saying, 'Hey, these things are happening to me and they're not OK,'" Fox said. "And everyone was like, 'Oh well, f*** you. We don't care, you deserve it.' Because everybody talked about how you looked or how you dressed or the jokes you made."
Fox, now a mother, also said that she retreated to a dark place after the breakdown, and that her fellow women didn't reach out to her.
'Feminists don't want me to be a part of their group'
"Even though I consider myself a feminist, I feel like feminists don't want me to be a part of their group," she explained. "What is supporting other females if there is only certain ones of us we support? If I have to be an academic or have to be nonthreatening to you in some way? Why can't I be a part of the group as well?
"I think I had a genuine psychological breakdown where I wanted just nothing to do," she added. "I didn't want to be seen. I didn't want to have to take a photo, do a magazine, walk a carpet. I didn't want to be seen in public at all because ... I believed that I was going to be mocked, or spat at, or someone was going to yell at me, or people would stone me or savage me for just being out and being whatever."
Fox said that motherhood was ultimately what saved her.
"Being a mother is not something really respected in this industry," she explained. "If anything it's considered as a handicap, and that's unfortunate because it's not acknowledged, what we're juggling, what we're doing."
She later added that she is happy with what she's accomplished so far in her young life.
"I get this all the time, people will be like, 'You just don't really work that much,'" Fox said. "And it's like, I have given birth, I have gestated and given birth to three children. I starred in a movie that opened world wide, number one — twice! I was on a critically acclaimed sitcom. I f***ing executive produced and created a show about archaeological controversies! How much more f***ing productive does a f***ing women need to be? F*** you!"