Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin for The New York Times
Megan Fox is in trouble—no one wants to pay to see her act, especially women. This weekend's New York Times Magazine follows our favorite crazy-quote spewing actress and her handlers as they try to figure out why this is.
Lynn Hirschberg's profile is an interesting look at how the Transformer's actress manipulated the media (similar to one Ms. Angelina Jolie), skyrocketed to fame and is now sorta stuck.
"She created a rebellious, frankly sexual persona and talked her way into the limelight," Hirschberg writes. But that persona doesn't translate into ticket sales so her people are trying to "change the dialogue about Fox from the out-of-control sex bomb to the Fox they know, who is a homebody with a longtime boyfriend and a fondness for spending Saturday nights at Red Lobster, where she likes the cheese biscuits."
Or as Megan sums up her main problem:
"Girls think I'm a slut, and I've been in the same relationship since I was 18. The problem is, if they think you're attractive, you're either stupid or a whore or a dumb whore. The instinct among girls is to attack the jugular."
First, the slut image is her own doing, especially when her first big claim to fame was being in love with a stripper that never really existed and then all the bisexual talk. And second, that doesn't have anything to with why girls hate her.
Megan has obviously found a character to play for men's magazine interviews that works for her: "When I sit down to talk to men's magazines, there's a certain character that I play," she tells the Times. But she hasn't quite figured out how to talk to women and often comes off as contemptuous of them. She just writes all ladies off, like they're jealous of her because she's pretty and smart and sexy and confident and all women hate women anyway. Big sweeping statements like that just aren't something women are going to respond to.
But Megan is at a turning point, and she and her handlers are working on a new image that will suit her career when she doesn't have a giant robot fight movie supporting her. "I have to pull back a little bit now," Megan says at the end of the article. "I do live in a glass box. And I am on display for men to pay to look at me. And that bothers me. I don't want to live that character."
We'll just have to wait until the next round of movie press to see what character Megan does come up with.
To further explore the complex creature that is Megan Fox, we would like to direct you to our Many Moods of Megan Fox gallery.