The Real Reason Megan Fox Refuses To Do A Nude Scene

Megan Fox became a global sex symbol after her turn as the gorgeous and mechanically-inclined Mikaela Banes in 2007's Transformers. As she quickly shot up the ranks in almost every "sexiest woman" list post-Transformers, her phone was figuratively ringing off the hook with offers to bare it all on the screen.

During a 2016 interview with The Mirror, Fox admitted that she turned down an unnamed HBO show due to it's "graphic" and "degrading" sex scenes. Unfortunately, those types of scenes were included in many of her job prospects. "There are some good projects I've read that are with talented people, talented directors, but the things the women are required to do in the movie are things I can't have my sons ever know or see," she said. "I don't think my children should ever see me doing some of that stuff. I don't think my boys could handle that."

Fox's career started to falter in the mid-2010s and it seems like forever since we've seen her on the big screen. In an exclusive interview with ET on Sept. 18, 2019, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star explained the ordeal that changed in her life and career forever.

Megan Fox: 'I had a genuine psychological breakdown'

Megan Fox told ET that by the time Jennifer's Body hit theaters in 2009, she was being hyper-sexualized in almost every facet of her life. "It wasn't just that movie, it was everyday of my life, all the time, with every project I worked on and every producer I worked with," she said. "It preceded a breaking point for me."

The stress became so much that Fox admitted to having a "genuine psychological breakdown," to the point where she didn't want to do anything where her face would be seen in public. "I didn't want to have to take a photo, do a magazine, walk a carpet, I didn't want to be seen in public at all because the fear, and the belief, and the absolute certainty that I was going to be mocked, or spat at, or someone was going to yell at me, or people would stone me or savage me for just being out... so I went through a very dark moment after that," she explained.

The fear of public ridicule over her sex symbol image is why Fox revealed to The New York Times that she didn't come forward with her own #MeToo stories. "I just didn't think based on how I'd been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim," she told the publication in 2018. "And I thought if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it's appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story."