One of the things I love about Megan Fox is her honesty. While many celebrities are careful with their answers, if you ask Megan Fox a question, she’ll always tell you exactly what she thinks. So when I sat down with her a few days ago at the Toronto Film Festival for an exclusive interview for writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids (which premiered at TIFF and is really good), I knew it was going to be a great interview.
During our twenty minute conversation we talked about Friends With Kids, how she got involved in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator, Judd Apatow’s untitled project (also known as This is Forty), her thoughts on doing more comic book movies and what she wants to do in the future. In addition, we talked about whether she had seen Transformers 3, karaoke, Twitter, Facebook and social networking (she didn’t pull any punches on her thoughts), revealed she’s a hard core gamer and you might find her online playing Halo Reach, her Giorgio Armani campaign, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
As usual, I’m offering you two ways to get the interview: you can either click here for the audio, or the full transcript is below.
Megan Fox: I like this festival and I like this little area of Toronto. I like coming here and the fans are really nice usually, and they’re really excited. You get to have more one on one interaction with them here than you do in L.A. or in New York. They let you interact with them a little bit more here, which is nice, and it can be overwhelming at the same time. I’m never here long enough to go see other movies, which is the only thing I regret. I wish I could actually go see other people’s films and enjoy it like that a little bit more.
Is it one of those kinds of things where you can’t extend the trip for yourself or is it almost too overwhelming? I was just outside of the hotel and there are so many people standing around.
Fox: Yeah. For me, I’m usually in the middle of a press tour or I am in the middle of doing something. For example, I have to fly out tonight to go to New York because I have a shoot that I have to do. Otherwise, I would stay here at least until the 12th of September and hang out, but I can’t.
I’m going to ask you two fun questions before jumping into the real reason why we are here. What is your go to karaoke song?
Fox: Oh, I have a few of those. I do like “Sweet Child of Mine”, and I am a terrible singer by the way. But I feel like when I am in that environment I can do a good Axel Rose. But “Sweet Child of Mine” is always a go to.
Fox: Halo. [laughs] You can ask my husband that question independently of me if he is out there. I have a complete addiction to that game. It is sick.
Which version of Halo?
Fox: I have Halo: Reach, but I am playing online. I don’t really play in story mode anymore.
Are you on Xbox Live?
So you play with other people and they have no idea?
Fox: They have no idea. They make fun of my gamer tag too because it is funny. And they are all a bunch of guys and it is clear that I am a girl so they make fun of my name, and they have no idea they are making fun of me.
Let’s jump into this movie. I thought the movie was great and I thought it was a real fun and honest look at what it is like to have friends with kids. For me, putting myself in this for one second, it has only been in the last few years that I have started experiencing friends with kids and now I understand this movie a lot more. How is like for you? Are you still in the Mary Jane mode of your life or do you have a lot of friends also with kids now?
Fox: No. I mean, I have a kid. He is not my biological kid, but I have lived with Brian from the time that I was 18 and he had a 2 year old when I met him. So we have sort been creating and raising this family together since I was 18. So I actually don’t relate with Mary Jane at all. His friends…I moved to L.A. and I had no friends. And his friends were already at the point where they were splintering off, getting married, or having kids. He is significantly older than me. He was 31 when I was 18. So he was going through what this movie is about when I met him.
How did you get involved with the production? Was this a part that you went after or did they come after you?
Fox: They were talking about it I guess. Jennifer [Westfeldt] can tell you more, but there were a few names that would come up. I think she met with all of them and I was one of the names that she met with. She came up to my house and we just talked about the script. We talked about a bunch of other things that I sort of dragged her through with all of these crazy conversations. She felt like I was right for Mary Jane for whatever reasons and we just moved forward from there.
Can you talk about working with the other actors? There is a great dinner scene where everyone is together. There are some really great comedic actors and some really great actors in this film. What was your experience working with them?
Fox: I loved it. I mean, that scene in particular was a hard scene to shoot because there was so much dialogue and so many people. So technically just how they had to shoot it was difficult. But I had the pleasure of being next to Adam [Scott] and then at my other side of the table was Chris O’Dowd and Maya Rudolph, who had their own unscripted dialogue going on throughout the entire scene. I don’t know if that made it in or if they cut their mics, but they were so hysterical. I was crying through most of the shots until the camera came around to me and I had to sober up. I couldn’t listen to them because they were making me cry from laughing so hard. It is fun and exciting, especially in a scene like that where I don’t have too much to do. I get to sit, observe, and watch everybody. That is a fun thing about theater – you are involved in theater at that moment.
Can you talk about comedy in general? Is this something that you want to pursue? I know you are in The Dictator and Judd Apatow’s next film. Is there something that you are trying to look for since you are mainly known from films like Transformers and Jennifer’s Body?
Fox: I’m not trying to look for everything. I just feel like making these movies is a really pleasant experience. That is what I am trying to do. I am trying to enjoy work. You want to go to work with people you like and where everyone is having fun. Where the director, cast, and crew are all able to bond together as a group and collaborate on a project. That is what I found on these comedies. The work environment is healthy and happy. That makes it easier on my personal life and it makes press tours easier. It just makes everything easy and it is nice to go to bed with a smile on your face and then wake up in the morning with a smile on your face. So I like working in this genre of film. I don’t want to only do this. I still like the run and gun action movies and how truly dangerous it can be to make these films. That is exciting and that is an adrenaline rush every day. So I like both and I like all of the aspects. But I just feel like this is a nice controlled space to live in for awhile.
Fox: I literally can’t tell you anything. I can’t say anything because if I said this much it would give too much of the plot away. But Sacha [Baron Cohen] called and asked me if I would do it. I am a huge of his and so I said, “Of course.”
Can you talk about your part in This is Forty and how did you get involved?
Fox: First of all, we can’t call it This is Forty because it is untitled. It is the “Untitled Judd Apatow Project” I think it might be the “Untitled Judd Apatow Comedy” I’m not sure exactly.
Paul Rudd told us that it was This is Forty.
Fox: He fucked up. [laughs] He can’t say that anymore. He doesn’t care, though. I was just told before I came up here that I couldn’t call it that. But I had a meeting with Judd and his producing partner and he was talking about this script that he had that he was getting ready to make. He talked about the part and then he asked me how comfortable I was with improv. I said that I was relatively comfortable because of Shia [LaBeouf] But, of course, he had no idea if I could improv or not. So he asked me if I could come in for an improv workshop with Paul, Leslie [Mann], and Judd on camera. I was like, “Of course” and I went in and they liked what I did with the scenes. They felt that I was comfortable and I could handle his style of filmmaking because it is unique and different than most films.
I’m not sure who you play in the film. Are you allowed to say?
Fox: I can tell you that most people would assume that Paul’s character and Leslie’s character are married and I play some sort of problem in a triangle, but it has absolutely nothing to do with that. I can tell you that much – I have nothing to do with their marriage.
Fox: I have.
What was the actually experience what you expected after that improv session?
Fox: We had several of those rehearsals because they were still writing the script and putting it together, and they were making my part larger. So he would have me sit with Leslie and he would say, “Okay. You are coming to this store and this is happening. Go!” And we literally just rambled through a scene and make it up together. He would then steal the parts that he liked and incorporated that into the character and the script. So by the time that we got to shooting I was really used to his style of filmmaking because he will yell jokes out at you. You will do what is scripted and then he’ll go, “Now say this! Now say that!” because he has his writers behind the monitor constantly writing new jokes. They don’t come to you and pitch them – you just do them. They yell them and then you do them while the camera is rolling, which I think is really fun. I loved it.
Fox: You just get it out. It’s true. I loved it.
Judd is also known for doing things just a little filthy and above the R. Was some of your dialogue filthy or was it…
Fox: No. I was pretty filthy. But I brought a lot of that myself in the rehearsals. He enjoyed my particular brand of humor.
I’ve seen that you have posted behind the scenes picture on Facebook. How much do you enjoy these social networks and interactions like Facebook or Twitter? I’m not even sure if you are on Twitter.
Fox: I’m not on Twitter. I feel like it has a purpose because there are fans around the world that want to have some sort of interaction with you. But I feel like it is important to still keep some space and some distance, which is why I don’t have a Twitter. I honestly don’t think that I am cool enough or important enough that anyone would care about what I am doing at all hours of the day like “I just had a latte from Starbucks and now I am going to Barney’s. Love me some shoes!” Who cares? Who fucking cares? Why would I think that anyone would care about me doing that? And then I think the other side of social networking is a more sinister side with celebrities where they have this agenda where they are trying to branch off and start their own businesses, clothing line, and they always have something to sell you on Twitter or on Facebook. I don’t like that. I think if you have it then you should interact with your fans solely based on the purpose of allowing them to feel a little closer to you and allowing them to engage with you. So every once in awhile I will post something personal. I will post a baby picture and things here and there. But I don’t want to sell them products and I don’t want to sell them bullshit. I also don’t want to plague them with all of the tedious details of my day.
Talking about the specifics of acting – some actors I have spoken with prefer the Clint Eastwood way of two takes and some prefer the David Fincher method where they are up to around 90.
Fox: Wow. That I didn’t know about. That is pretty hard on you. It depends I guess on what the material is as well. I mean, 2 takes is scary because in that scenario you have to have really prepared prior in order to nail it in those 2 takes. But there is something nice about…which is why I loved shooting for Judd, which is that he just rolls and you do it as many times as you do it until it rolls out. So you know that there are horrible bits and you know that there are fantastic bits. You know that he will be able to pull and edit it together into something really great. But if I had to pick between 2 takes or 90 takes – I would go with 2 takes.
What are you thinking about for right now? You’ve obviously wrapped on the films that I know about. I looked on the always accurate IMDB and saw that you are in Luna.
Fox: No. That is not real.
So what are you thinking about for the upcoming future? Do you have a particular agenda?
Fox: I don’t have an agenda. I mean, when good things come in my agent calls or sends me the script. But I allow them to sort through the offers so that I am not just sitting and reading everything because honestly sometimes the scripts that appeal to me are projects that are not good projects, but I just really like the script or the characters. So someone has to intervene and go, “You can’t do that. I know you think it is an interesting read, but it is not going to work as a movie.” So I just let them send me the things that they think are interesting or good projects. They know that I just want to work with talented people and I like doing different things. If you look at the movies I have made, they are all pretty different – some in a good way and some in a terrible way. But that is the risk you take when you make a movie. You never know how it is going to turn out.
Fox: Yeah. I love comic books. I just do. I think they’re fun movies. Even when they make them into movies and the movies aren’t great – I still think they’re fun and I will watch them every time I go to a hotel. That’s where Brian knows to go right into Action/Adventure and to find the comic book movies. There’s something about that. I don’t think that little kid ever grows up in any of us. It’s just exciting to watch something that you read your whole life come to life – even if they don’t do a great job.
What comics are you possibly reading now and what did you think about Thor, X-Men: First Class, and Captain America?
Fox: I saw some of them. I didn’t see X-Men, but everyone said it was so great. I was afraid to see it because I was like, “No way that it is going to be that good.” But everyone said that it was amazing. My assistant is actually a young guy. He is a couple of years older than me and he is a super nerd. He said that it was good and I believe him because all he does all day is…like he rereads the Harry Potter books every summer. He has read them like a hundred times and he goes to Orlando by himself to go to Harry Potterland or whatever it is called. So he said that it was amazing, but I haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet. I like them even when they are not great. I have seen some that are not great, but I am not going to name them. But I’m sure you know some of the ones. I just think they are fun popcorn movies and I think it brings your childhood to life. I think there is always going to be a place for them. They are such an escape for people.
Fox: Other people have asked me this. I haven’t seen it yet, but not because I am against it. I just couldn’t go to the theater obviously to watch it. So I’m going to have to fix that.
Are you trying to say that you would be noticed if you went to the theater?
Fox: I’m trying to say that it would probably be an issue if I went to theater. I knew it was going to be packed for weeks. It’s not like the theater was going to be empty. I knew it was going to be full. So I have to Netflix it. But I obviously saw the trailer. I think it played before Super 8 when I saw it, and I thought it was amazing. The trailer looked incredible. I was really taken aback by how dark, interesting, and beautiful the trailer was. The movie is probably good, but I haven’t seen it yet.
You did the Giorgio Armani campaign. How is that like for you? Have you gone by yourself and seen yourself in these big billboards in lingerie?
Fox: I don’t look at them.
How do you figure out which campaigns you want to be involved with?
Fox: Those just sort of come and go. I’m sure there will be other offers and you pick companies that you like. Armani is a fashion house that I think is iconic and beautiful. I also love Mr. Armani. I thought it was a privilege to be able to represent his brand for a couple of years. But hopefully those keep on coming. They are wonderful jobs if you can get them.
What is the most research you have done for a role? Do you do a lot of research or do you not?
Fox: It depends on the role, obviously. Something like Mary Jane – there is not a lot to research there. That are some of the growing pains that most people feel through their teenage years and their early 20s. But with some characters there is a fair amount of other film studying, people watching, and etc..