It wasn't too long ago that Megan Fox found herself at the dizzying center of the celebrity maelstrom. Through no particular fault of her own, she was teetering on the brink of media overexposure -- the kind that comes from the usual perception of someone (and more often an actress) suddenly becoming too big, and too fast. Fox's well-publicized (and rather humorous) feud with her Transformers director Michael Bay lead to her being dismissed from the third installment (quick: try and remember the name of her replacement), while her would-be star vehicle -- the hopelessly misunderstood Jennifer's Body -- bombed with critics and audiences.
Yet Fox's career is taking an arguably more interesting turn now that the white light of scrutiny has subsided: she's got roles in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up sequel This is 40 and Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator on the way, and this week stars as part of the ensemble cast of Jennifer Westfeldt's Friends with Kids. In the well-received comedy-drama, Fox plays Mary Jane, the much-younger girlfriend of single-dad-with-a-twist Adam Scott, while getting to act alongside a cast that includes Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph.
We got a chance to chat with Fox about the experience recently, as well as her thoughts on doing more of this kind of comedy in the future. Read on for that, but first, she reeled off her five favorite films. (And for being the first person to pick Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, well, we salute her.)
Well number one -- and we have to count it as one or else it's take up my whole list -- is The Lord of the Rings. That's pretty self-explanatory. I read the books when I was a kid and Peter Jackson just created this incredible world and environment that you get caught up in. It's amazing.
Number two -- you're not gonna believe me [laughs] -- number two is How to Train Your Dragon. You should see it. It's sad, it's sweet -- it's a really good movie.
Kung Fu Panda 2. [Laughs] I really love that.
You really like those animated movies, huh.
I really love kids' movies. I watch them constantly. I don't know, it's nostalgic I guess. I don't know why I love them so much.
The Wizard of Oz, which I grew up with. That has always been one of my favorites. It's a classic.
Finally -- and this is a series as well -- the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. The original three are just... [sings] "Go ninja, go ninja, go!" I just really loved those movies.
I do love the first one. How old were you when you saw them?
I was must have been really young -- maybe five or six when I first saw them. And I think they still hold up. [Laughs] My husband laughs 'cause he thinks they're so terrible, but I love the animatronic puppets. I just love the old school, the practical -- you know, there's no CG. I prefer the original Yoda in Star Wars as opposed to the CG Yoda. I love puppets and animatronics.
I'm with you. He needs to go and rewatch those films. That should be your mission.
To make him a believer? [Laughs] I'll try.
Next, Fox chats about her role in this week's Friends with Kids, why she enjoys playing comedy, and her experiences working with Judd Apatow and Sacha Baron Cohen.