A 2009 interview where the actress talked about her experience as a Stream Boys II additional sparked dialogue about misogyny in Hollywood.
One such clip featured Fox’s 2009 look on Jimmy Kimmel Dwell in which the now 34-365 days-aged star describes her background feature in Bay’s 2003 film Stream Boys II on the age of 15. She says the director had her “dancing under a waterfall, getting soaking wet” whereas wearing a “stars-and-stripes bikini,” “a crimson cowboy hat,” and “6-ride heels.” More reports from Fox’s time working with Bay, 55, began recirculating as followers all the procedure in which via social media known as for an apology from the filmmaker.
In her remark, released on Instagram, Fox says that whereas she has “endured some if truth be told harrowing experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry,” she changed into “never assaulted or preyed upon in what I felt changed into a sexual manner” by the filmmaker.
“I know that a dialogue has erupted online surrounding some of my experiences in Hollywood and the following mishandling of this data by the media and society in customary,” she writes. “Whereas I drastically just like the outpouring of enhance, I accept in actual fact feel I want to give an explanation for one of the indispensable details as they’ve been misplaced within the retelling of the events and solid a sinful shadow that does no longer in actual fact, in my glimpse, belong. Now not no longer up to no longer where it be currently being projected…”
Fox mentions every the Stream Boys II legend and one The Guardian reported in 2009 about how Bay interestingly invited the actress to his condominium for her Transformers audition and “made her wash his Ferrari whereas he filmed her.”
“I changed into around 15 or 16 years aged after I changed into an additional in Stream Boys II,” she explains. “There are multiple interviews where I shared the legend of being chosen for the scene and the conversations that took home surrounding it. It be indispensable to show conceal on the other hand that after I auditioned for Transformers I changed into 19 or 20. I did ‘work’ (me pretending to know the procedure one can set a wrench) on one in every of Michael’s Ferrari’s right via one in every of the audition scenes. It changed into on the Platinum Dunes studio car parking lot, there were several other crew members and workers designate and I changed into at no point undressed or the leisure similar. So, as a ways as this explicit audition legend I changed into no longer underaged on the time and I changed into no longer made to ‘wash’ or work on anyone’s vehicles in a methodology that changed into extraneous from the topic cloth within the explicit script.”
Whereas thankful for the enhance, Fox notes that “these explicit instances were inconsequential in a lengthy and intriguing stride along which I bear endured some if truth be told harrowing experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry. There are a lot of names that need to be going viral in cancel custom dazzling now, but they’re safely saved within the fragmented recesses of my coronary heart.”
Bay responded to Fox’s remark and shared a nonetheless from her Transformers audition tape. “No. She is no longer washing a vehicle nor in a bikini adore the click bear falsely talked about for a protracted time,” he writes. “And I for my piece think Megan is unimaginable. I’m proud to bear labored along with her, and nonetheless am planning on working along with her.”
Fox and Bay bear talked about a lot about every other in 365 days’s previous. In a 2011 interview with Wonderland journal, Fox in comparison the director to “Napoleon” who “needs to procedure this insane, execrable excited-man recognition.” She endured on the time, “He needs to be adore Hitler on his units, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you accept him away from space, and he’s no longer in director mode, I roughly in actual fact accept pleasure from his character on legend of he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social abilities at all. And it’s endearing to switch making an strive to search out him. He’s inclined and fragile in accurate lifestyles after which on space he’s a tyrant.”
That very same 365 days, Bay commented on changing Fox with Rosie Huntington-Whitely for Transformers: Darkish of the Moon. “She changed into in a various world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta set targeted,” he told GQ. “And you know, the Hitler issue. Steven [Spielberg] talked about, ‘Fire her dazzling now.'” Spielberg, who govt produced Transformers, would later inform EW, “That’s no longer dazzling. That didn’t occur.”
Fox’s remark this week also mentions Spielberg: “When it comes to my train experiences with Michael, and Steven for that topic, I changed into never assaulted or preyed upon in what I felt changed into a sexual manner.”
In a 2018 look on What What Occurs Dwell, Fox explained how she and Bay “made up” and are “BFFs.” “I changed into younger when various that changed into happening, and I changed into in actual fact self-righteous in my anger,” she talked about. “I believed I changed into dazzling to communicate the methodology that I spoke. As I got a bit older, I understood, no topic no topic my points were, they ought to continuously bear remained non-public. You ought to never blast anyone adore that in public. And so I reached out and proper talked about I am hoping this film does amazing and this could per chance.”
Concluding her remark on the topic, she writes, “I am thankful to all of you who’re courageous sufficient to communicate out and I am grateful to all of you who’re taking it upon yourselves to enhance, uplift, and bring comfort to of us who were harmed by a violent and toxic societal paradigm.”