MEGAN FOX was the hottest star in the world after the Transformers films but disappeared after insulting two of the most powerful men in Hollywood. Three children later, she has a high-profile new relationship and major new films coming out.
In the late Noughties, Fox was flying high on the back of the first two Transformers movies. Her spectacular looks had made her a global pin-up, voted Sexiest Woman In The World in 2008 by the readers of FHM magazine. But one very public ill-advised comment and her own apparent increasing unhappiness with her public image changed everything. She was dropped from the Transformers franchise and her Hollywood career stumbled. Since then, public feuds, plastic surgery rumours and her tangled love-life have dominated headlines. So, where is she now?
Fox made her on-screen debut in the Olsen Twins rom-com Holiday In The Sun as a spoiled ‘rich b*tch’ and followed that with a starring role in the low-budget Swedish-American soap Ocean Avenue.
She stayed firmly in the teen market with a role in Lindsay Lohans’s 2004 movie Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and a role in the TV sitcom Hope and Faith until 2006.
She re-emerged in 2007’s Transformers film with her pretty looks transformed into a sharply-chiselled big-screen beauty. Comparisons were made to Angelina Jolie and superstardom beckoned.
Where is Megan Fox now? (Image: GETTY)
Megan Fox in 2005 (Image: GETTY)
Even then, though, Fox made surprising career choices, pursuing arthouse comedies and low-budget dramas like 2008’s Whore and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.
The following year she paired the Transformers sequel with the critically acclaimed (but commericial flop) horror Jennifer’s Body.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ended with Shia Labeouf’s Sam Witwicky declaring his love for Fox’s character Mikaela, so she would have expected to be in the third movie, Dark Side of The Moon.
Each film had been more successful that the last and third would top one billion dollars at the box office. Unfortunately, Fox was not in it after a major career misstep.
Megan Fox Transformers premiere 2009 (Image: GETTY)
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly June 2022 (Image: GETTY )
In a 2009 interview Fox had said of Transformers director Michael Bay: “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.”
The odious comparison would offend anyone, but Bay was raised Jewish and was understandably not happy. He was and remains a tremendously powerful figure in Hollywood. Industry figures spoke up in his defence while damaging reports circulated claiming that Fox herself was difficult to work with.
The franchise’s producer Steven Spielberg was also displeased with the actress’ comments and told Bay to drop her.
Megan Fox with Brian Austin Green 2006 (Image: GETTY)
n 20011 when Transformers 3 hit screens with Rosie Huntington-Whitely as the new female lead, LaBeouf loyally said: “Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women.”
Labeouf claimed his co-star was also struggling with her sex-symbol status.
Although Fox subsequently spent a few years in the Hollywood wilderness, she had three sons with partner Brian Austin Green, who she dated on and off from 2004 to 2019. Noah Shannon Green was born in 2012), followed by Bodhi Ransom Green in 2014 and Journey River Green in 2016.
Megan Fox last year (Image: GETTY)
She appeared to have repaired her relationship with Bay, making her blockbuster return in the 2014 and 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films which he produced. Fox also starred in the hit US sitcom New Girl from 2016-2017.
After numerous splits and reconciliations, Fox filed for divorce from Green in 2019 and in June the following year announced she dating musician Machine Gun Kelly after starring in his video for Bloody Valentine.
Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox at the after party for his Madison Square Garden show on June 29 202 (Image: GETTY)
Fox starred with Bruce Willis in crime thriller Midnight in the Switchgrass, and with Andy Garcia and Oscar Isaac in the dark comedy Big Gold Brick. She will provide one of the voices for 2023’s upcoming animation Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphin with Kate Winslet and Gerard Butler, as well as taking the lead in horror thriller Till Death.
Next up for release is Johnny and Clyde, about serial killers on a crime spree, with demonic elements. And next year she will be seen in the latest film in The Expendables franchise, alongside Sylvester Stallone, Jason Atatham, 50 Cent and Andy Garcia.
As well as appearing to primarily dress to match his hair, Fox announced her engagement to Kelly in January this year.