Date: 12 May 2017 12:51
Fox grew up in Tennessee, raised by her mom. She knew from her toddler years that she was meant to be in the acting world. As she described to The New York Times, "I wanted to be an actress from the time I was 2. My mom said it was the only thing I ever said I wanted to do. When I was 4 or 5, I watched The Wizard of Oz, and for a year, I asked her to call me Dorothy. When my mom explained to me that Dorothy was not real, that an actress plays her, I decided I wanted to be an actress."
Fox described in the same interview that her childhood was a bit lonely. Her mother and father divorced when she was very young. As she told GQ, her sister was 13 years older, so Fox found different ways to spend her time, remembering, "I would put on shows in our living room. It wasn't even a need to perform. I just always wanted everyone's attention to be focused on me."
Even though Fox was confident in what she wanted to do when she was young, she still experienced tough times when it came to school. As the actress described to Elle, she was bullied a lot in middle school, and would eat lunch in the bathroom to avoid her fellow students.
Looking back, Fox better understands why the bullying happened. She shared during the interview, "I think, for me, what was intimidating was that I've always gotten along better with boys…That rubbed some people the wrong way." Fox has come a long way since those tough days in school, and I give her huge props for that.
Fox got her childhood wish in her teen years. At 14 years old, Fox did some modeling work, and auditioned for acting roles at the same time. As she described to The New York Times, she landed her first part in the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen movie, Holiday in the Sun. Then a few years later, in 2004, the 17-year-old earned a role in the film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
She spoke about this experience during the interview, saying, "I played the b*tch, of course…I was always cast as the b*tch. The light-haired girl is the sweet leading lady, and the dark girl is the sexy b*tch…I didn't know how to act when I did that movie. I just mimicked all the b*tches I'd seen other people play on TV." And with this success, Fox moved to New York around this time, but it wasn't always easy. As she told GQ, "I was really isolated. I never went out. I had no friends. I was just on my own in the apartment the whole time…I ran out of food. I ran out of water. I ran out of everything."
Fox may have wanted to be an actress since she could walk and discussed success at a young age, but she learned quickly that fame was the last thing she wanted. As she told GQ, "I grew up craving the spotlight and once it happened I immediately recoiled…Up until the very moment it happened I was really outgoing. Now I'm really introverted. I thought that I would love it, that this was the kind of life I wanted, that everyone wanted. And it's not all that it seems."
When Fox looked back on this time, she had a better understanding of why she felt that way. She continued on to say, "I felt like, once I achieved that success then all of my internal issues would be solved and I would be this really confident person. And I'm not. It's not just physical insecurity…It's also a feeling of not being acceptable, and wanting to be. Of course I think that has something to do with my parents' divorce and not seeing my dad and always feeling rejected. You don't ever really get past that."
One of Fox's gigs brought not just a role, but a partner for life. While filming the TV show, Hope & Faith, in 2004, Fox met actor Brian Austin Green, who played himself on an episode of the series. The moment Fox saw him, she knew she liked him. As she told Elle about their first meeting, "I was like, Oh my God, I have to be with you. You're not a threat, you're not some d-bag that's going to cause a lot of problems." But age quickly became a factor. Green was 30 years old, while Fox was still just 18. She continued on to say, "I had to convince him that I was slightly more responsible and well-spoken and had other things to bring to the table besides being 18."
Mission accomplished. Green and Fox became a couple and have been together ever since. There have been rumors about their splitting up, and Fox wasn't going to have any it. "No, I do not want to comment on my relationship, period. It's private. It doesn't belong to the world. It's mine. It's Brian's. It's not for other people to judge and talk about and write about in InTouch Weekly."
In 2007, a 21-year-old Fox booked Michael Bay's newest film, Transformers, starring Shia LaBeouf. It was a huge role and a smash hit, but the project wasn't smooth sailing. It was reported that Fox and Bay did not get along and that Fox said some harsh words about the director. She opened up about this time with The New York Times, saying, "I got myself in this whole mess…But it doesn't matter. I know that the things they said about me in the crew letter were not true, but Bay is not happy with some of the things I've said about him. I was waiting for someone to defend me, to say, 'That's not accurate,' but nobody did. I think it's because I'm a girl. They left me out there to be bludgeoned to death."
But Fox did reach out to Bay about this conflict a couple of years later. She told the LA Times that when the third Transformers' film was being released, she reached out to apologize, saying, "I was, like, Hey, the movie is about to come out and it's gonna be huge. Congratulations. I just want you to understand that anything I've ever said negative about you in the press, at this point in my life, I understand I should have kept that between you and I." Both Fox and Bay showed there were no hard feelings, as the two worked together some years later.
By this point in her career, Fox's had been typecast: a shallow, hot chick. She saw this happening, but was also aware of the difficulty in changing people's perceptions. She spoke on this topic with the LA Times, saying, "I think people, in general, are plebeians that are brainwashed by the type of media that they expose themselves to…People anticipate a shallowness [from me]. They anticipate a self-centeredness and a lack of self-awareness."
She continued, "It doesn't…matter what I say, or how eloquent a speaker I may be, or how positive my intentions may be. I'm going to be made into what people desire me to be. At this moment, they might desire to exalt me onto a pedestal. But the next? You're a human sacrifice. The control is not in my hands." Fox has continued to take the comments in stride and known who she really is.
What is one role that Fox loves? Being a mom. Fox had her first child, Noah, at 26 years old in 2012. And then just a year later, she was pregnant with baby number two. She and Green then had their third child in 2016. As Fox shared with Extra, she is a big fan of being pregnant.
She said, "I feel great. I love being pregnant, which is — a lot of women don't feel that way, it is really uncomfortable…by the way. It is painful at parts. I feel the overall process is an amazing one. I feel so productive creating a human person that I'm so excited to meet because I know that I have such a spiritual connection to them, so I can't wait to meet this new member of my family."
Another important part of Fox's life has been her faith. Growing up in Tennessee, she attended a Pentecostal church. As she shared with Esquire, she has been able to speak in tongues since the age of 8. She described the experience, saying, "The energy is so intense in the room…that you feel like anything can happen. They're going to hate that I compare it to this, but have you ever watched footage of a Santeria gathering or someone doing voodoo? You know how palpable the energy is? Whatever's going on there, it's for real."
Fox went even further to describe herself and why she has gone to church. She said, "I can't stand pills. I don't like drinking. I don't like feeling out of control…I have to feel like I'm in control of my body. And I know what you're thinking, Then why would I want to go to church and speak in tongues?…You have to understand, there I feel safe. I was raised to believe that you're safe in God's hands. But I don't feel safe with myself."
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So what's next for the famous Fox? She continues to act and expand her skill set, trying her hand at comedy with a role on New Girl. And she has a serious focus on her family.
Fox is fierce, honest, talented, and game for a challenge. As she said in an interview with Cosmopolitan, "As soon as you tell me to do one thing, I do the opposite…As soon as someone tells me not to get any more tattoos, I have this intense fire burning inside me to cover myself with them. I don't care if it's self-destructive. I just have that need to rebel." It's safe to say she'll have a few more rebellious moments, and they will be fabulous. Now it's time to wait and see what comes next for this star.