Megan Fox is reprising her role as the adventurous reporter April in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.” The actress, who’s a big video game, action and sci-fi film fanatic, recently spoke with the New York Times about her career and female stereotypes.
“In terms of what’s available for women to play in general in Hollywood, it’s pretty scarce. You have these stereotypes that still dominate films: the nag, the trophy, the escort,” she said. “I haven’t been sent a nag script yet, but I do get plenty of, like, ‘interesting stripper.’ Or, ‘She’s super funny, but she’s also an escort, but that’s what makes it funny!’”
When asked if it’s important for her to play someone who is both strong and physically attractive, she commented on how she doesn’t always get a lot of say in terms of character development on movies like “Ninja Turtles,” but tries to voice her opinion. “It’s not like I’m in there helping them write the script saying, ‘April should do this, because this is what a real feminist would do.’”
“[On ‘Ninja Turtles’] if I had said, I feel like my integrity is being compromised wearing this schoolgirl uniform, they would listen to that, of course. But that wasn’t something that affected me in a negative way at all,” Fox added. “On a movie like this, I don’t mind doing [the scene] as written, but I do do a lot of improv. I’m sort of a rapid-fire ballsy talker, and so I bring that to the character whenever it’s appropriate to the scene. That never makes it in.”
The actress also spoke about how she is not very ambitious as an actress.
“I know [that] idea is a very strange thing because usually actresses are all ambition, and are driven to achieve and they’re workaholics, for the most part. And I’ve never been that way,” she replied. “I’m not necessarily very passionate about acting per se. I don’t feel validated by being on a set or making a movie. I have a lot of fun making these movies, but it’s not a representation of my innermost being.”
What she does enjoy is making these action adventure sci-fi films, “These are also the kind of movies that I prefer to watch, because they’re an escape into a supernatural world, which has always been where I prefer to daydream, anyway.”