Megan Fox is the subject of a New York Times Magazine profile in which she tries with limited success to distance herself from the cartoonish, adolescent male vision of sexuality she has so carefully embodied.
Women brand her as a whore because she is too pretty and smart to be anything but, Megan says, and the measured sexual shockers she unleashes in interviews have little to do with her actual love life with longtime off-and-on boyfriend Brian Austin Green.
She's tired of playing that archetype but proud of her media-manipulation skills. Her handlers want to makeover her slut image but she doesn't want to do "safe" romantic comedies and she just signed on for a big paycheck from Armani underwear. What to do?
Here are some choice quotes from the NYT Magazine piece. You can read the whole thing here.
On being too pretty to be liked by women:
"Women tear each other apart," she told me now. "Girls think I'm a slut, and I've been in the same relationship since I was 18. The problem is, if they think you're attractive, you're either stupid or a whore or a dumb whore. The instinct among girls is to attack the jugular."
On her alter-ego who gives outrageous interviews:
"When I sit down to talk to men's magazines, there's a certain character that I play," she explained. "She's not fully fleshed out -- she doesn't have her own name -- but she shows up to do men's-magazine interviews. There's something so ridiculous about always being in your underwear in those magazines, and you know the interview is going to run opposite those pictures. So, there's a character that talks to all of them."
On getting paid to be ogled by men:
"I do live in a glass box. And I am on display for men to pay to look at me. And that bothers me. I don't want to live that character."