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Jocelyn Lee
Friday, Aug 8, 2014

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She loves her boys

The New Paper | Jocelyn Lee | Friday, Aug 8, 2014

She turns heads wherever she goes. And Megan Fox admitted to M that she "loves being around boys".

But before you think the 28-year-old actress is playing up the man-eater stereotype, "the boys" she means are her husband, Brian Austin Green, and two sons, Noah Shannon and Bodhi Ransom.

Fox gave birth to Bodhi in February and told M that she's enjoying her status in the family.

"I do love being around boys. I love being the centre of attention in my family, because I am the matriarch. I am the queen bee," she proclaimed.

"I've all these boys who are going to take care of me and look out for me."

Fox was speaking at a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) press event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday.

In the movie (which opens here tomorrow), the candid star plays journalist April O'Neil, a friend of the reptilian ninjas.

It is also a reunion of Fox and the man who helped catapult her to fame, Michael Bay.

Bay cast Fox as the eye-candy love-interest for Shia LaBeouf in the first two Transformers films (Fox has even told E! News that LaBeouf was her best onscreen kiss).

But after she publicly compared Bay to Napoleon and Hitler, she was - not surprisingly - bumped from the third in the robot romp franchise.

However, the pair have since buried the hatchet. Fox is even singing praises of Bay, who is the producer of TMNT.

"I had a really good experience this time round, we were really good friends on this movie," she said.

"I like Michael. We have a special interesting relationship now.

"He was instrumental in casting me in this movie, and he was on my team."

On being cast in the film based on the 1980s comic book, Fox - who looked stunning in a tight-fitting long-sleeved dress - said: "I was so happy that I danced.

"I was so excited to be in this movie because I was a superfan when I was a kid," she said with a hint of giddiness.

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As if to prove her Turtle-cred, Fox said: "I got to play someone iconic but more so, I got to be on screen next to Mikey (Michelangelo), who's always my favourite."

However, the news of her casting did not sit well with some fans of the original comic book series. The Internet erupted, with some claiming Fox's sexy image unsuitable for the smart O'Neil.

Never one to mince her words, an unfazed Fox reacted to all the controversies by telling her TMNT haters: "**** off."

She told M in a separate interview: "I don't get affected by these comments. Honestly, the online community is very small, even though they have a loud voice.

"That's made obvious by how vocal they are about not liking movies, which end up making billions of dollars."

During the interview, Fox appeared confident.

She added: "What I do is meant to be judged. I give a performance and it's the audience's job to decide if they like it or not. If someone doesn't like it, that's perfectly fine."

Working in highly-scrutinised Hollywood is not easy, as Fox has come to learn. She laments the lack of female friendship in Tinseltown.

"This town is not the town to make girlfriends in. It's so competitive, and actresses can be frightening.

"They are not stupid girls. They are all incredibly manipulative. I'm very wary of that."

But Fox's concentration is on her family. Indeed, while shooting TMNT, she was pregnant with Bodhi.

The actress almost blacked out from overheating while filming during the hot summer in New York City last year.

She was also constantly tired and nauseous.

"Babies are little vampires that take everything from you," she laughed.

"I had zero energy all the time. But I still did a lot of the stunt sequences because it always looks good when you can shoot the actress' face and body in one shot."

With no new films in the pipeline, Fox is set to concentrate on motherhood. She and Green sold their Los Angeles home for US$3.75 million (S$4.66 million) last week, and are set to move the family into a slightly cheaper (US$3.35 million) but bigger 6,710 sq ft spread.

Fox is keen to show her sons her movies when they are older.

She said: "That's my goal, for my kids to say: '****, my mum, thumbs up.'"

"They are still babies now. But I'm hesitant on Transformers because of all the oily body shots. As boys, they might not want to see their mother that way."

jocelee@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Aug 6, 2014.
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