ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You're a bigger star now than when you did the first Transformers. Did they beef up your role in the sequel?
MEGAN FOX: The humans are still secondary to the robots because it's a movie about robots. I feel like the part is adequate. I feel like we do something that's watchable on our end and then ILM makes it phenomenal.
You don't sound convinced that this is the greatest movie on earth.
It's not trying to be the greatest movie on earth. It's going to be the best action movie of the summer. Hands down, it will win that. But it's not trying to be a Golden Globe-nominated film. It's a badass popcorn summer movie.
You up for a third Transformers?
Sure. I mean, I can't s--- on this movie because it did give me a career and open all these doors for me. But I don't want to blow smoke up people's ass. People are well aware that this is not a movie about acting. And once you realize that, it becomes almost fun because you can be in the moment and go, ''All right, I know that when he calls Action! I'm either going to be running or screaming, or both.''
Are you happy with the kinds of roles you're getting offered now?
I get offered some outrageous s---, like Bikini Summer Camp Island, or whatever.
Do you think you're a good actress?
I think I could be. If I really buckle down, I think one day I could be a very good actress. But so far, I haven't done anything yet.
Then why are people so obsessed with you and hiring you for movies?
I can't figure that out. I mean, Transformers made $700 million and that opened a door to introduce this ''new girl,'' and I happened to be such an outrageous personality that people wanted to start writing about me because it was deemed controversial. I think if I had been a typical Hollywood actress and I said all the right things and I had been a publicity android, it wouldn't have escalated to this level.
Is all the attention mysterious?
Yes. I don't feel like I had to climb a ladder, so it doesn't feel like I've earned it.
When you were growing up and wanting to be an actress, you must have wanted to be famous one day, right?
Well, yeah, because that's how you measure success in Hollywood, really. But you have no idea what this life is like until you are living it. I used to sit back and think, ''Please, Britney Spears has the best life ever she has everything she could ever want!'' But she has one of the worst lives. Her life is a living f---ing nightmare. I have panic attacks thinking about her life.
The paparazzi follow you, too.
Well, I don't have it as bad as some people. I'm thankful that it's still at this level. It will either get better or it will get worse. And hopefully by the time it gets worse, I'll be making enough so that I can have a f---ing security team to get me in and out of places.
That sounds depressing.
But that's what the industry is, and I got myself into it. I don't regret it because I couldn't be doing anything else.
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