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Megan Denise Fox

(1986-05-16) May 16, 1986 (age 38)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Brian Austin Green
(m. 2010; div. 2021)
Children 3

Megan Denise Fox (born May 16, 1986) is an American actress. She made her acting debut in the family film Holiday in the Sun (2001), which was followed by numerous supporting roles in film and television, such as the teen musical comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004), as well as a starring role in the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith (2004–2006). Her breakout role was as Mikaela Banes in the blockbuster action film Transformers (2007), which she reprised in its sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009). She also portrayed the titular character in the horror comedy Jennifer's Body (2009), starred as April O'Neil in the superhero action film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) and its sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016), and starred as Reagan Lucas in the fifth and sixth seasons of the Fox sitcom New Girl (2016–2017).

Fox is the recipient of several accolades, including two Scream Awards and four Teen Choice Awards.

Early life

Megan Denise Fox was born on May 16, 1986, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to parents Gloria Darlene (née Cisson) and Franklin Thomas Fox. She spent her early childhood in nearby Rockwood. Fox's father, a parole officer, and her mother divorced when Fox was three years old. Her mother later remarried, and Fox and her sister were raised by her mother and her stepfather, Tony Tonachio. She was raised "very strictly Pentecostal", but later attended Catholic school for 12 years. She lived with her mother until she made enough money to support herself.

Fox began her training in dance and drama at age five, in Kingston, Tennessee. She attended a dance class at the community center there and was involved in Kingston Elementary School's chorus and the Kingston Clippers swim team. At age 10, after moving to St. Petersburg, Florida, Fox continued her training. When she was 13 years old, Fox began modeling after winning several awards at the 1999 American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Fox attended high school at Morningside Academy in Port St. Lucie until her junior year when she attended St. Lucie West Centennial High School. When she was 17 she tested out of school via correspondence, in order to move to Los Angeles, California.


2000–2009: Early roles and breakthrough

In 2001, Fox made her acting debut in the romantic comedy Holiday in the Sun, as spoiled heiress Brianna Wallace and rival of Alex Stewart (Ashley Olsen), which was released direct-to-DVD on November 20, 2001. In the next several years, she guest-starred on the sitcoms What I Like About You and Two and a Half Men. Fox also appeared as an uncredited extra in the action film Bad Boys II (2003).

In 2004, Fox made her feature film debut opposite Lindsay Lohan in the musical comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, playing the supporting role of Carla Santini, a rival of Lola (Lohan). She was also cast in a regular role on the ABC sitcom Hope & Faith, in which she portrayed Sydney Shanowski, replacing Nicole Paggi. Fox appeared in second and third seasons, until the series was cancelled by ABC in May 2006.

In 2007, Fox won the lead female role of Mikaela Banes in the 2007 live-action film Transformers, based on the toy and cartoon saga of the same name. Fox played the love interest of Shia LaBeouf's character Sam Witwicky. Fox was nominated for an MTV Movie Award in the category of "Breakthrough Performance", and was also nominated for three Teen Choice Awards. She had signed on for two more Transformers sequels, reprising her role as Mikaela in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. There was controversy surrounding Fox's appearance while filming the sequel when Michael Bay, the film's director, ordered the actress to gain ten pounds. The film was released worldwide on June 24, 2009, to box office success.

Fox was to star in the third installment, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but was not included.

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Fox at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival screening of Jennifer's Body on September 10, 2009

In 2009, Fox had her first lead role since the Transformers series; she portrayed the title character in Jennifer's Body, written by Academy Award–winning screenwriter Diablo Cody. The film initially earned mixed to average reviews upon its release, with Fox's performance earning praise.

In April 2009, she began filming the western superhero film Jonah Hex, in which she portrayed Tallulah Black / Leila and Jonah Hex's (Josh Brolin) love interest. The film was released on June 18, 2010. Despite receiving top billing, Fox described her role in the film as being a cameo. Jonah Hex was a critical and commercial failure in the U.S., with its international distribution cancelled after its poor performance. The film was named the "worst picture of the year" by the Houston Film Critics Society.

2010–present: rise to prominence and current work

Fox starred alongside Mickey Rourke in the drama Passion Play. After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, its conventional theatrical distribution was bypassed for a direct-to-video release, with only two screens briefly showing the film to fulfill contractual obligations. Rourke remarked that the film was "terrible. Another terrible movie." Fox appeared with Dominic Monaghan in the music video for Eminem and Rihanna's single "Love the Way You Lie". In 2012, Fox appeared briefly in Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy film The Dictator and had a featured role in Judd Apatow's comedy film This Is 40. She voiced the role of Lois Lane in the animated comedy film Robot Chicken DC Comics Special, an episode of the television comedy series Robot Chicken that aired as a one-off special during Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block on September 9, 2012.

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Fox at a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles screening in Sydney on September 7, 2014

In January 2013, Fox was featured in a Brazilian television commercial for Brahma beer. In February 2013, Fox set aside her differences with her former director Michael Bay and worked again with him on his reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), starring as the lead human character of April O'Neil.

In 2015, Fox was cast in the role of Amelia Delthanis in the Plarium video game, Stormfall: Rise of Balur. In October 2015, it was confirmed that Fox would be temporarily replacing Zooey Deschanel in the television sitcom New Girl, following Deschanel's maternity leave. She starred as Reagan Lucas, appearing in the fifth and sixth seasons of the series. Her performance earned positive reviews from critics. In 2016, Fox reprised her role of April O'Neil in the sequel Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

On September 12, 2018, it was confirmed that Fox would star in the Korean War film The Battle of Jangsari, beside Korean actor Kim Myung-min. She played a lead role as Marguerite Higgins, an American news reporter.

In 2019, Fox starred in the mystery-fantasy film Above the Shadows opposite Olivia Thirlby and Alan Ritchson, directed by Claudia Myers. It was released on July 19, 2019, by Gravitas Ventures. That same year, Fox appeared in Zeroville directed by James Franco, which was previously shot in 2014. The film was panned by critics and performed poorly at the box office.

In 2020, Fox starred opposite Josh Duhamel in the family comedy film Think Like a Dog, which was released on video on demand on June 9, 2020. Also that year, she starred in the lead role of the action film Rogue, which was released on August 28, 2020.

In 2021 she starred in the thrillers, Midnight in the Switchgrass opposite Emile Hirsch and Bruce Willis, directed by Randall Emmett, and Till Death, directed by S.K. Dale.

In 2022 Fox starred in the drama comedy Big Gold Brick, alongside Oscar Isaac, Andy García, Lucy Hale, and Emory Cohen, directed by Brian Petsos.

In 2023, Fox was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Upcoming projects

Fox will feature as a voice role in Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphins, a 3D documentary film. The story is told by an ensemble cast, including Kate Winslet, Elliot Page, Gerard Butler, James Franco, Julian Lennon, Diego Luna, Cheech Marin, Whoopi Goldberg, Isabella Rossellini, and Daryl Hannah. Fox will play crime boss Alana in thriller film Johnny & Clyde with Tyson Ritter. Fox will play a role in the film Taurus, a musical drama, alongside Machine Gun Kelly, Naomi Wild, and Lil Tjay.

Other ventures

On August 8, 2023, Fox announced the launch of her first book titled Pretty Boys Are Poisonous, a collection of her own poetry. It was released on November 7 the same year.

Personal life

In 2009, Fox was targeted by a group of fashion-motivated criminals known as the "Bling Ring," who robbed her then-boyfriend Brian Austin Green's home for access to Fox's possessions.

Fox has a form of brachydactyly called clubbed thumb, and has discussed her obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), insecurities, and has acknowledged that she has low self-esteem. In 2013, she said that her Christian faith is still very important to her and she believes it keeps her grounded.

Fox and then-husband Green were supporters of Generosity Water, and funded the creation of over ten water wells for the organization.

She has several tattoos, which includes the Chinese symbol for "strength" that is drawn on the back of her neck, a quote from the play King Lear that reads "We will all laugh at gilded butterflies," the yin and yang symbol on her left wrist, and a crescent moon entwined with a star on her ankle. Fox also has a poem tattoo that reads "There once was a little girl, who never knew love until a boy broke her heart" and another tattoo on her back that quotes Friedrich Nietzsche: "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." She claims that she had it drawn in honor of her Passion Play costar Mickey Rourke but later clarified that it's "not necessarily a homage to him." She also once had her ex-husband Brian Austin Green's first name tattooed on her hip, but later had it covered. She removed the portrait of Marilyn Monroe that was tattooed on her right forearm, stating "It is a negative character, as she suffered from personality disorders and was bipolar. I do not want to attract this kind of negative energy in my life." She also has a tattoo on her left collarbone that reads "the gunman" in Spanish, as well as numerous flowers and one snake on her abdomen. Fox has numerous smaller tattoos splayed across her fingers, some of which include dots, numbers, and a crescent moon.

Fox revealed in her book Pretty Boys Are Poisonous that she has suffered a miscarriage from her pregnancy with what was her fourth child.


Fox and Brian Austin Green at the 70th Golden Globes on January 13, 2013

Fox began dating actor Brian Austin Green in 2004, after meeting on the set of Hope & Faith; she was 18 years old, while he was 30. According to Fox, Green was initially hesitant to enter a relationship with her due to the age difference, stating, "I had to convince him that I was slightly more responsible and well-spoken and had other things to bring to the table besides being 18." They became engaged in November 2006. In February 2009, they ended their engagement, but were reported to have gotten engaged again on June 1, 2010. Fox maintained that she and Green had been continuously engaged since 2006.

Fox and Green married on June 24, 2010, in a private ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort on Maui. Together, they have three sons, born in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Fox was also a stepmother to Green's son from a previous relationship. Fox filed for divorce on August 21, 2015, a few days after she and Green announced their separation. By early 2016, they were back together and expecting their third child. On April 25, 2019, Fox filed to dismiss the divorce in Los Angeles, California.

In May 2020, Green announced that he and Fox had separated after nearly 10 years of marriage, and in November 2020, Fox filed for divorce from Green for a second time. The divorce was finalized on October 15, 2021.

In June 2020, she and singer Machine Gun Kelly went public about their relationship, several weeks after the release of Machine Gun Kelly's song "Bloody Valentine", whose music video features Fox. On January 12, 2022, Fox announced that the two were engaged.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Holiday in the Sun Brianna Wallace Direct-to-video
2003 Bad Boys II Uncredited extra
2004 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Carla Santini
2007 Transformers Mikaela Banes
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Sophie Maes
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Mikaela Banes
Jennifer's Body Jennifer Check
2010 Jonah Hex Tallulah Black / Lilah
Passion Play Lily Luster
2011 Friends with Kids Mary Jane
2012 The Dictator Herself
This Is 40 Desi
2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O'Neil
2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
2019 Above the Shadows Juliana
Zeroville Soledad Paladin
The Battle of Jangsari Maggie
2020 Think Like a Dog Ellen Reed
Rogue Samantha O'Hara
2021 Till Death Emma
Midnight in the Switchgrass Rebecca Lombardi
Night Teeth Grace
2022 Big Gold Brick Jacqueline
Taurus Mae
Good Mourning Kennedy
2023 Johnny & Clyde Alana Hart
Expend4bles Gina
TBA Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphins Not yet released Princess Leilani (voice) Post-production
Subservience Not yet released Filming
Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 Ocean Ave. Ione Starr Main role
2003 What I Like About You Shannon Episode: "Like a Virgin (Kinda)"
2004 Two and a Half Men Prudence Episode: "Camel Filters and Pheromones"
The Help Cassandra Ridgeway 3 episodes
Boss Girl Candace Television film
2004–2006 Hope & Faith Sydney Shanowski 48 episodes (Season 2–3)
2009 Saturday Night Live Herself / Host Episode: "Megan Fox / U2"
2011 Robot Chicken Herself / Lois Lane (voice) Episode: "The Core, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover"
2012 Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Lois Lane (voice) Television film
Wedding Band Alexa Jordan Episode: "I Love College"
2016–2017 New Girl Reagan Lucas 15 episodes (Season 5–6)
2018 Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox Herself / Host 4 episodes; also co-creator and executive producer
2023 Dave Herself Episode: "Met Gala"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Transformers: The Game Mikaela Banes
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
2023 Mortal Kombat 1 Nitara Voice and Facial model

Music videos

Year Title Artist Role Notes
2009 "New Perspective" Panic! at the Disco Jennifer Check Clips from Jennifer's Body
2010 "Love the Way You Lie" Eminem (featuring Rihanna) Kimberly Scott
2020 "Bloody Valentine" Machine Gun Kelly Herself

Awards and nominations

Fox has received numerous awards and nominations, including four Teen Choice Awards and two Scream Awards.

See also

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