Megan Fox Said She Had A "Breakdown" After Being Hypersexualised In "Jennifer's Body"

    "I didn't want to have to take a photo, do a magazine, walk a carpet. I didn't want to be seen in public at all."

    This year marks a whole decade since Megan Fox starred as Jennifer Check in the iconic horror film, Jennifer's Body.

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    And to celebrate the film's anniversary, Fox recently reunited with the film's screenwriter, Diablo Cody, for an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

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    In the interview, Fox opened up about experiencing what she called a "genuine psychological breakdown" as a result of being hypersexualised by the film's marketing campaign.

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    The general consensus was that posters and trailers for Jennifer's Body focused on Fox's sex appeal, which misunderstood the point of the film completely.

    The film's director, Karyn Kusama, told BuzzFeed News last year: "I was like, Oh, OK, we are seeing either we made a movie that they see completely differently, or what’s in front of them is something they don’t want to see."

    "I didn't want to be seen," Fox said of that time in her life. "I didn't want to have to take a photo, do a magazine, walk a carpet. I didn't want to be seen in public at all."

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    She continued: "[I had] the fear, and the belief, and the absolute certainty that I was going to be mocked, or spat at, or someone was going to yell at me, or people would stone me or savage me for just being out."

    She went on to say that she felt she was ostracised for publicly speaking out against the sexism she'd experienced in the entertainment industry.

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    "I feel like I was sort of out and in front of the #MeToo movement before the #MeToo movement happened," she told Entertainment Tonight.

    I was speaking out and saying, "Hey, these things are happening to me and they're not OK." And everyone was like, "Oh well, fuck you. We don't care, you deserve it." Because everybody talked about how you looked or how you dressed or the jokes you made.

    Fox also said she found it difficult to gain support from other women and felt as though she wasn't allowed to be part of the conversation on feminism.

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    "Even though I consider myself a feminist, I feel like feminists don't want me to be a part of their group," she said.

    "What is supporting other females if there is only certain ones of us we support? If I have to be an academic or have to be nonthreatening to you in some way? Why can't I be a part of the group as well?" Fox went on.

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    You can watch Entertainment Tonight's full interview with Megan Fox and Diablo Cody here.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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