Actress bonds with strong character in Transformers



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Actress Megan Fox stars in Transformers, in theatres today.


Megan Fox is too young to have played with the original Transformers when she was a little girl, but she didn’t need nostalgia to get her interested in a role in the new film based on them.

“I actively pursued it because it was a Michael Bay film produced by Steven Spielberg,” the 21-year-old actress told Metro recently in Beverly Hills. “I wasn’t really familiar with Transformers, but I didn’t need to be to want the role.

“Steven Spielberg is a legend and Michael Bay is an icon and you’re pretty much safe in knowing it’s going to be a big, successful movie. It’s hard for it to not be.”

Fox, best known for her roles in the film Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen and the TV show Hope And Faith, plays Mikaela — the dream girl for Shia LeBeouf’s character, Sam — who gets caught up in the battle between giant robots that eventually helps her discover what kind of person she truly is.

“I liked that she was written as a strong female character … which you don’t usually see in action movies,” she said. “Usually women are the damsels in distress and get rescued so it was nice to have a tougher girl in a film like this for a change.”

Accompanying the fun of playing this character was the pressure of being in a lead role for the first time, something Fox admits was daunting.

“It [would have been] overwhelming even if it had been a small, independent film … but it’s especially overwhelming when it’s one of this magnitude — it’s got a $145 million US budget that had a cult fan base that’s very serious about what’s going to be on screen,” she said.

“It’s scary.”

Being part of what will likely be a blockbuster film that is destined to become a franchise (she and LeBeouf have each signed three-picture deals) has the actress thinking about what this could do for her career.

“I’m just hoping that it will open doors work-wise for me and open up projects that I couldn’t have had before,” she said.

Recent features in men’s magazines like FHM and Maxim, where she’s spoken openly about her sex life with fiancé Brian Austin Green (of Beverly Hills 90210 fame) and a penchant for collecting new tattoos (she says she’s got nine) have definitely increased her notoriety, but being famous for simply partying and being beautiful doesn’t interest Fox.

“I doubt I’m going to be in the tabloids or anything like that any time soon,” she laughed.