Megan Fox is the first to admit she’s not the most ambitious actress. And in her latest sit-down with the New York Times, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star shares that she doesn’t feel validated by being on a set or making movies.
And even with the projects she does take on, Fox notes that she doesn’t have much creative agency: “I don’t get a whole lot of say in terms of character development on movies like these. It’s not like I’m in there helping them write the script saying, April (her TMNT character) should do this, because this is what a real feminist would do.'”
But then, Fox’s experience is merely a symptom of a systemic condition: The lack of three-dimensional roles for women.
“In terms of what’s available for women to play in general in Hollywood, it’s pretty scarce,” Fox tells NYT. “You have these stereotypes that still dominate films: the nag, the trophy, the escort. I haven’t been sent a nag script yet, but I do get plenty of, like, ‘interesting stripper.’ Or, ‘She’s super funny, but she’s also an escort, but that’s what makes it funny!'”
Ha! Oh, tropes. They never get old.