Along with millions around the world we have been patiently awaiting MEGAN FOX’s first title role in “Jennifer’s Body.” Megan plays a smalltown super sexy cheerleader, possessed by a demon that eats awestruck boys in her high school.
“She’s evil and not just high-school evil,” is the movie’s tagline. To all the young women at Devil’s Kettle High, clinging to their swivel-headed beaus in the hallway as Jennifer struts past, she is the mean girl from hell.
“Jennifer’s Body” is a Diablo Cody film, the in-demand writer. But between wisecracks and teen-speak, where “Juno” subtly tugged at heartstrings, “Jennifer’s Body” goes in fangs-bared and rips out blood-pumping organs.
Fox’s character lures innocents through seduction, her lithe frame clad in snug white tank-tees, plaid schoolgirl skirts, belly shirts and a cheerleader’s uniform. She even sheds it all for a skinny-dipping scene in which she washes off the blood of a victim. When Jennifer shows up in a tight “Evil Dead” T-shirt, the boys of Devil’s Kettle don’t have a prayer.
For Cody, it was an easy casting choice. “She’s irresistible, a femme fatale,” Cody said of Fox recently while promoting the film in Australia. “We don’t have a lot of those these days. We have a lot of safe little actresses.”
Fox doesn’t do safe. She’s a female lead, as in “lead into temptation.”
Fox, as surrogate manslayer, is happy to do Diablo’s devil’s work. And all the while, she’s perhaps sending her own small-town Florida high school a little “told ya so” glance over a cold shoulder. This is the same wild child who split constrictive Christian school after her freshman year, left it in the rearview mirror, to seek freedom and fame in Hollywood.
“I was always sort of loudmouth and obnoxious,” she recently told David Letterman of her teen years. “I was never really good with authority figures, so I wasn’t good with school.”
And there was no kiss-blowing goodbyes for her catty classmates, either. Fox says that because of her beauty, she was picked on by older girls and sometimes ate lunch hidden in a bathroom stall to avoid being “pelted with ketchup packets.”
“Everyone hated me, and I was a total outcast,” she told CosmoGirl. “I have a very aggressive personality, and girls didn’t like me for that.”
She spent three years at the private Christian school Morningside Academy in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The curriculum was heavily Bible-centric and only about 500 students were enrolled K-12, or about 30 per grade.
She tried cheerleading and basketball, but was mostly shunned by classmates from seventh through ninth grades. So Fox drifted toward the tomboy route. Her high school boyfriend, Ben Leahy, called her “wild” and said she was “into exploring.”
“Megan was like no other girl at school,” Leahy, now a Florida fireman, told the British paper News of the World. “What I noticed was Megan’s totally badass attitude. She just did not care what anyone thought of her. Most girls are into makeup and shoes. Megan was just a total rebel who loved to hang out with the boys. We used to go fishing and surfing.”
High school can be cruel, even if you’re as attractive as Megan Fox. Once, at a Halloween party, a classmate came dressed in a vampy cat suit, overtly flirting with all the boys. She was dressed up as “Megan Fox.”
“High school was a nightmare,” the actress has said. So, when she read Cody’s script, she found a vehicle for vengeance. When Cody and producer Daniel Dubiecki met Fox for coffee, Dubiecki recalled the actress telling them, “I love this story. I am this girl. I know how to do this. I can kill this role.”
“I’m not going to win an Oscar anytime soon,” Fox told GQ. “I’m not Meryl Streep.”
“She has this very beautiful, icy façade, which is perfect for our initial perceptions of Jennifer,” said director Karyn Kusama. “What was really impressive was her ability to go to a deeper place and expose not only Jennifer’s overconfidence, outrageousness or vanity, but also her sorrow, fear and regret.”
And did we mention the lesbian kiss?
For a half-minute, Fox engages in a heated, horizontal, girl-on-girl liplock with co-star Amanda Seyfried, the “Mamma Mia!” cutie who plays Jennifer’s sheepish, good-girl BFF who knows her friend’s dark secrets.
“You’re going to want to see this film because, first of all, Megan Fox and I make out,” Seyfried joked. “Second of all, Megan Fox is in her underwear and lastly, you’re going to want to see it because . . . Megan Fox and I make out.”
The devil made them do it.
On making a sex tape:
“Ugh. Never,” she told MTV. “The last thing I want to see is what I look like having sex. Because it would take one shot of me not looking good, and then I would not be able to have sex ever again.”
On her bisexuality:
“I could see myself in a relationship with a girl,” she told GQ. “Olivia Wilde (of “House”) is so sexy she makes me want to strangle a mountain ox with my bare hands. She’s mesmerizing. And lately I’ve been obsessed with Jenna Jameson.”