Megan Fox, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Trailer Screengrab

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As a kid, Megan Fox didn't fantasize about dating boy band members or movie stars. Instead, the future actress dreamed about romancing a talking turtle—of the mutant ninja variety, of course.

"Everyone thinks this is really weird, but little girls have crushes on animated characters, and my first crush was Michaelangelo," Fox says of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character, with whom she co-stars in an upcoming movie. "They were my favorite movies as a kid. That was my thing. Way, way more so than Star Wars or in later years, still more than Lord of the Rings. It was always Ninja Turtles."

Fox was "so excited" to work with her childhood crush on the live-action comedy, in theaters Aug. 8.

To play TV reporter April O'Neil, Fox got a mane makeover. "We went through many shades of red, and then we toned it down to a deep auburn," the 28-year-old brunette tells MTV of dyeing her hair in to bring the iconic character to life. "But when they color time the movie it will be more red, FYI."

Meanwhile, Fox's co-star Will Arnett says he's relieved that director Jonathan Liebesman and producer Michael Bay have honored the original franchise. "There is time in the sewers. There is time in the lair. There's all of it," the former Up All Night star says of the locations. "I think we've done a really good job in staying true to the mythology and then telling a new story, telling a new version."

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