Megan Fox: Star of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Last month I had the pleasure of sitting down with Megan Fox to discuss her latest project Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to hear how she balances life as a working mom and to find out if she has any passion projects in development. I have to admit that when I signed on to interview Megan Fox, I had mild anxiety about what I should wear, how to do my hair, make-up, etc. Megan is gorgeous and I felt slightly insecure about how I would be received by her. I think it is fair to say that I am not alone in having preconceived notions about her because of her beauty. However, let me be clear that after the interview I was more than impressed with how she presented herself. Megan Fox is one cool chick!

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Megan plays April, a fearless reporter, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When asked about being a fan of the previous movies and TV shows, Megan said “I just genuinely became a fan [of the movies]. So they’ve been talking about remaking this movie for a long time and finally it sort of came into fruition and then I got in for a meeting, and I just fired off tons of emails. Afterwards, basically begging to be in the movie because the character’s sort of this very like ambitious, um ambitious journalist type and I knew when that you say those words you don’t necessarily think of me so I was going to have to fight for it. And so I sent just a bunch of emails saying please, please let me do it. You’re not going to find someone that’s a bigger fan so just give me the chance based on that. And so, yes, I was a fan.”

I found Megan very gracious, grounded and self-deprecating at times. For instance, the comment above about how one doesn’t necessarily think of her when it comes to a character who is ambitious and career oriented – that really shows to me that she knows who she is and recognizes how she is portrayed in the media (for better or worse).

When asked about how she responds to social media, obsessive fans and/or haters, this is what she said “I mean I think I just dissociate myself from it because it’s weird. It is bizarre and I think that from the people that I’ve known and I’ve been close to that are in this industry, the ones that you see that go nuts and have like meltdowns, they’re the ones that keep up with the comments section on whatever, their twitter or their blogs or whatever. Perez Hilton, or whatever they’re reading. You cannot…I just don’t think you can expose yourself to it because there is such a tremendous amount of negativity that no matter how strong you are, unless you are like Buddha or Jesus, you’re not going to be able to live through that negativity without it affecting you and eroding part of who you are. And so for me, I have just cut myself off from it completely.”

Something that I learned during the interview is that Megan Fox was pregnant during filming of this movie. I was also amazed to find out that she did most of her own stunt scenes. What a trooper! This is what Megan recalled about those long days of filming, “We were filming in New York City in the Summer. It’s hot…and you know during your first trimester all you want to do is just like watch Bravo and lay in bed and you don’t want to get up and do stuff. I was waking up and I working 18 – 19 hour days to get this done because the movie that we shot, aside from the turtles, it’s me and the turtles and so I was in every scene and they needed me. And you know when you’re making a movie that’s the one thing about filmmaking is that you can’t call in sick or you can’t say like ‘oh my kid has a fever’ or ‘I can’t come in today,’ because when you shut down production for a day, that’s one to three million dollars that’s a loss. And so you have to just make it work.”

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I was sitting at a roundtable with some other bloggers and I had the opportunity to ask Megan my one question which had to do with whether or not she would be interested in doing a TV program since those hours (I would think) were more conducive to raising a family. This is what she said “It depends on what kind of TV that like…for people doing sitcoms or like my husband is working on a show with Charlie Sheen right now, Anger Management, and the hours on that are a dream for what they do. But, there are also some shows like the one hour dramas you see, it’s almost like making a movie every week. So, of course I would consider it if it filmed in LA and if the hours were appropriate and it gave me time to spend with my kids.”

I learned that Megan is a big time fan girl who would have jumped at the chance to be in the latest Star Wars movie. She also would love to be a part of a new Jurassic Park movie, especially if it were Spielberg directing it. We chatted a little bit more about self esteem issues, her parenting style versus her husband’s (Brian Austin Green) and her workout routine – which includes running on the treadmill and intense circuit training.

I walked away from the interview feeling that Megan Fox is a lot more relatable than one might think. She has body issues just like us, feeling insecure about herself after giving birth to her son. What one may not realize is that according to Megan the “pressure that an actress feels to get into shape afterwards is extraordinary.” Megan is very passionate about her family and being a working actress. Filming this movie was “months and months, all day every day” and although she had to be away from her older son, she is  “proud of it and happy I got to be a part of it.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens in theaters on August 8, 2014.

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Images courtesy of Paramount Pictures. I attended a press event for this film. All opinions are my own.

44 thoughts on “Megan Fox: Star of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”

  1. I can’t even start to tell you how excited I am about this film! I wanted to be April soooo bad as a kid!

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  2. I’m not sure about this new TMNT movie. It was the first movie I seen in the theater back in the 80s and it looks way different. lol

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  3. Nice. Glad to see her in more stuff. My son would love to see this. I don’t think he loves anything more than Ninja Turtles.

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  4. I can remember going to the theater to see the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Can’t wait to go see this!

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  5. She seems like such a nice and sweet individual, and this looks like an awesome movie! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. WOW I didn’t know it was going to be out so soon. We saw the turtles at Nickhotel and now the kids can’t wait to watch

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  7. I’ve already gotten the request to go see this movie, ‘no matter what,’ lol. I have a huge TMNT fan in the house.

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  8. I did not know she was in this movie, my boys loved The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in the day, even dressed up as them on Halloween.

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  9. I’ve always liked Megan Fox. It’s a bit hard to picture her in the role but I will admit I can’t wait to see!

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  10. What fun to meet and ask a question to Megan Fox. The Ninja movie will be something me kids will love to see.

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  11. Growing up I love the Ninja Turtles so I am excited for this movie. I am not sure how I feel about Megan playing April though!

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  12. What an insightful interview. It’s so nice when you can have a normal conversation with someone like that and what a good answer to just ignoring all the social buzz that’s mostly negative anyway. I’m really curious now about her role in the film.

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  13. My son wants to see this movie.. but I don’t even let them watch the tv show it was based after.

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  14. I knew they were making a movie, but didn’t realize Megan Fox was going to be in it. I love how they are making a revival. TURTLE POWER!

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  15. Oh I had no idea Megan Fox was going to be in TMNT – very cool. I wonder if hubby knows. He’s waiting to see this movie and will probably be happy she’s in it lol.

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  16. I was a child when the first set of movies came out. I loved it. Remember the chant, “Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!” I sang it all the time. Drove my family nuts. LOL I cannot wait for this one to make its way to cinemas over here. :)

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  17. My son is really excited for TMNT, he has always loved the Ninja Turtles. I didn’t know Megan Fox was going to be in it!

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  18. I know my kids will be psyched to see this. I have heard mixed reviews mostly because of Megan, so we may redbox this one.

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  19. She seems like a nice girl. I can’t say that I have agreed with everything she has done in life and not a huge fan of some of her work, but thats ok. I didn’t grow up watching TMNT so I dont think I will be running out to see this movie.

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  20. I’m glad to hear she’s a nice girl, but I think she’s a HORRIBLE actress. She stands around with her mouth hanging open (Your pictures unfortunately prove it!) I can’t help but wonder why they chose her for the movie. However, I’m really excited to see TMNT – my son and husband are both big fans of the franchise and seeing them this excited make me happy.

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