Megan Fox knows she's not America's Sweetheart—and she's OK with that.
Rather than feign ignorance, Fox says she's keenly aware of what critics have said. "I would say most people assume that I'm not very smart or educated or earnest, because I have this image that I'm sort of narcissistic, chasing attention, and wanting people to like me. It makes me laugh because I've done plenty of interviews and when you read the article from beginning to end you can see that I'm not your typical music video model," she tells Harper's Bazaar Arabia.
Yes, Fox did star in Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie" music video in 2010—but that's not the point. "My life is not about seeking other people's approval because I know it isn't going to come." Fox was barely in her twenties when she starred opposite Shia LaBeouf in Transformers. She became as famous for her allure as she did for her bold opinions, and to a degree, both hurt her career. "I think there's a lot of growing personally that I needed to do, to control my passion. I really wanted to be a mom, and I wasn't yet, and I really struggled with that," she says. "I was just too young to see where I wanted to go."