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Megan Denise Fox (born May 16, 1986 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee) is an American actress and model. She began acting in the early 2000s, and by the end of the decade was one of the most famous actresses and sex symbols in the industry.

In 2004, she made her major film debut with a role in the teen comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. In 2007, she co-starred as Mikaela Banes, the Love Interest of Shia LaBeouf's character, in the blockbuster action film Transformers, which became her Star-Making Role, and cemented her as a defining sex symbol of her time. Fox reprised her role in the 2009 sequel, Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen. Later in 2009, she starred as the eponymous lead in the black comedy horror film Jennifer's Body.

She also became known for practicing Brutal Honesty, being extremely blunt in interviews about her opinion on her public image, her bisexuality, how awful her movies are, how she didn't really act in Transformers, how Michael Bay is nuts, etc. When asked if she wanted to play Wonder Woman, for example, Fox quickly dissed the character, making her unpopular with some segments of comic book fandom. (Ironically, Fox had since starred in two DC comics-inspired films: in Jonah Hex and a Robot Chicken crossover with DC Comics.)

Fox was not included in Transformers: Dark of the Moon because of her statements comparing working under Bay to working for Hitlernote . (Bay said in June 2009 that Fox was fired on orders of executive producer Steven Spielberg, who disapproved of her comments about Bay, while Spielberg himself denied this ever happened.) Fox and Bay apparently reconciled sometime afterward, and she was cast as April O'Neil in the Bay-produced remake of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its 2016 sequel.

Her official Facebook account can be visited here. She married fellow actor Brian Austin Green in 2010, and the two eventually separated in 2020. She has three sons with Green named Neil, Bodhi and Journey. Currently, she is in a relationship with the American rapper and singer Machine Gun Kelly, with the two going public in summer 2020; they later announced their engagement in early 2022.

Fox has won both Sexiest Female and Worst Actress awards.

Fox's works include:

Tropes in her work include:

  • Action Girl: In neither the Transformers nor Ninja Turtles films does she play the damsel, and often gets just as involved in the action as the heroes.
  • Adam Westing:
    • In The Dictator, where she plays a version of herself that has affairs with rich dictators.
    • Also in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, where she plays a ditzy young Hollywood starlet who can barely act and only gets roles because of her good looks.
  • Casting Gag:
    • An episode of Hope & Faith has Sydney Squeeing that her aunt met Brian Austin Green. They were already together at this point.
    • Noel Fisher played her fiance on Two and a Half Men. He later plays Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Michelangelo is Megan's favourite of the turtles.
    • Fox and Alan Ritchson both co-starred together in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They would later star together in Above The Shadows.
    • Her starring role in Jennifer's Body as a succubus served as a major inspiration for her casting as the vampire Nitara in Mortal Kombat 1. The film is even referenced in one of the character's interactions with Kung Lao.
  • Dawson Casting:invoked
  • Domestic Abuse: She doesn't regularly play these, but she's very good at playing them, as two of her most well-received performances were ones where she played a woman stuck in an abusive relationship. The first is "The Girlfriend" in "Love the Way You Lie", and the other is Till Death, both of which earned her immense praise.
  • Dull Surprise: She's generally not well-known for her emoting. This was particularly criticized when she played April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Though some of her performances show that she is capable of effective emoting.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:invoked She went down to 97 pounds in Jennifer's Body to play a corpse.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: She was pregnant during Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a couple of scenes had to be rewritten.
  • Hollywood Hype Machine: The second Transformers became a huge hit; she was instantly propelled into worldwide fame, with near-constant hype from many sources. She took a few years off when other films didn't do as well.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's one of the biggest sex symbols of the late 2000s.
  • Old Shame: invoked Like most of the cast and crew, she disliked Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen. She isn't a fan of Jonah Hex either, saying that she doesn't want her children to ever see it.
  • The Other Darrin: invoked
    • She replaced the nearly nine-years-older Nicole Paggi as Faith Ford's oldest child for seasons two and three of Hope & Faith. There has never been an official reason for the change, but Faith Ford has implied it was because Kelly Ripa didn't get along with Nicole during Season 1.
    • She filled in for Zooey Deschanel in Season 5 of New Girl.
  • Pretty in Mink: She's worn fur wraps in some of her movies, when playing a rich, glamorous woman.
  • Promoted Fangirl: She's a fan of Eminem, and jumped at the opportunity to play "The Girlfriend" in the music video for "Love the Way You Lie".
  • Romance on the Set: With Machine Gun Kelly on the set of Midnight in the Switchgrass.
  • She Really Can Act:
    • She received this reaction for playing "The Girlfriend" in the music video for "Love the Way You Lie". Many single out the moment when Dominic Monaghan throws her against the wall and punches a hole in it next to her head as an extremely powerful moment that she really brought to life.
    • In 2021, her lead role in the drama-heavy thriller Till Death received near-universal acclaim from both professional critics and regular audiences alike, with many calling it her best performance by a long shot and a potential career rebirth.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: Invoked. She cited this as a major reason she starred in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Typecasting: invoked Was cast as the Alpha Bitch on a few occasions (pre-Transformers). Now she's shed that, only to be typecast as Action Girls - although there are of course worst type-castings. Her character in Jennifer's Body was almost a combination of the two types.
  • What Could Have Been:invoked
    • Megan Fox would have reprised her role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, if she had not insulted Michael Bay. The female lead of the film, played by Rosie-Huntington Whiteley, is clearly a Suspiciously Similar Substitute of Fox's character.
    • She turned down the Jonah Hex film initially - finding it too violent and misogynistic. She changed her mind when Josh Brolin came on board but still calls it her worst movie.
    • She holds the rights for a potential movie adaptation of the comic book Fathom and intended to produce and star in it circa 2009, but has recently acknowledged that by now she has aged out of the role while the project remained in development hell.
  • Yandere: Plays one in the music video for Machine Gun Kelly's "Bloody Valentine".