Megan Fox said that becoming a mother had “saved” her for a trivial time in her life.
The 35-year-old model and actress, who shares three sons with ex-husband Brian Austin Green, spoke about the role motherhood played in her discovery of herself when she welcomed her firstborn – her son. Noah Shannon, now 8, in September 2012.
Fox told the Washington Post that giving birth at the age of 26 also gave her “purpose” in her life.
“That genre saved me honestly,” Fox said, adding, “I needed an escape.”
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Fox insisted that before entering the realm of motherhood she was “so lost and trying to figure out how am I supposed to feel valued or find purpose in this horrible, patriarchal, misogynistic hell that was Hollywood at the time? ”
The “Jennifer’s Body” actress was often referred to as a “bombshell” early in her career and reminded the publication of the “pervasive perception of me as a shallow succubus … for at least the first decade of my career.”
However, with the addition of her second son, Bodhi Ransom, in February 2014, the “Transformers” singer claimed that the daily routines and challenges of raising her children had helped her develop her skills immensely. sense of empathy for the needs of others.
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“It is fertile soil,” she explained. “It gave me the ground I needed to become something quite special.”
Fox has since formed a relationship with artist and multi-genre actor Machine Gun Kelly – real name Colson Baker – and recently opened up to compatriot Kelly Clarkson about the “strange pressure” of being a mother who works in showbiz.
“As an actor, it’s just very ruthless because you can’t be in front of the camera once you’ve passed a certain stage of pregnancy,” she said. “Also, once you have the baby, it’s like, ‘Okay, you’re going to have to leave to breastfeed every two hours and it’s costing us money and now we’re dealing with insurance.’ It becomes this great thing. “
“Hollywood is not for women and we have lives and are mothers,” Fox added in obvious play to alert big bosses to the ever-changing landscape. “I don’t have an answer as to what we can do about this, other than more and more women coming up the ranks and being in control and power in Hollywood, so obviously these things are going change. It has been a patriarchy for so long. “
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She added, “There’s this thing in this industry like, ‘Well, are you giving up? Are you just a mom now?’ There is this strange pressure, which also creates guilt. You are going to work too soon to satisfy these people. “
On Monday, Fox took the unexpected moments of being a working mom in stride when her children crashed a live interview she was giving to “Today” hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.
“They just woke up,” Fox told Kotb and Hager. “It’s 7:30 here. So they woke up a few minutes ago, and that’s exactly what it is. It still has to work.”
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“I’m in the house we’re staying in right now, it’s the living room,” she added. “And they all fell asleep on the couch last night, watching a movie. So they just woke up.”
Fox News’ Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.