'My Kids Have No Clue What I Do': Megan Fox on Life as a Movie Star Mom

Actress Megan Fox is seen on the set of Univision's morning show 'Despierta America' to promote the film 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows' at Univision Studios on May 11, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

Megan Fox is an undeniable beauty, but there's more to this mom of two (and counting!) than meets the eye. Whether she's fixing cars and helping Optimus Prime and crew in Transformers movies, or battling the Foot Clan as April O'Neil, Fox is a force.

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Returning to the big screen June 3, Megan Fox will team up once again with our favorite reptiles for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. We recently caught up with Megan to talk about her new film, how she juggles work with two tots (she also has a third baby on the way!), and her favorite thing to do on the weekend.

Happy belated birthday, Megan! Did you do anything special for your 30th birthday?
Thank you! And no, we didn't have a big party or make it some mega event or anything. No fancy presents or anything like that. Very low-key. I will say that I did have some yummy things. I normally eat very clean and enjoy some cake ... and more cake. It was so good!

Cake is always great! Okay, back to Leonardo and the gang. What excited you about joining forces with the ninja turtles again?
I had a great time shooting the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, so it just made sense. The first film was successful in the box office and made me excited to give fans something they wanted. It's been fun playing the role of April and working with so many great people.

Growing up, I remember watching the TV show and movies -- even reading the comics. I loved the concept of turtles fighting crime and am so glad I get to be a part of the story.

What are some of the things you enjoy about playing April O'Neil? Are there any parallels with your own life?
April has been one of my favorite characters since I was little. She's adventurous, a strong female lead, and always on this sort of quest to find herself. I constantly find myself on a path to better myself as a person, so I guess you could say we have that in common.

Did you ever take your kids [Noah, 3, and Bodhi, 2] on set?
Oh goodness no. Sets can be very dangerous -- and not the best place for children. There's wiring and tons of explosives. I just didn't feel comfortable bringing my children to set with me, and wanted to make sure they were safe.

Honestly, my kids have no clue what I do.

How was it trying to find the balance between movie demands and motherhood?
Ah, it's always hard and never this thing I think I'll fully grasp. Not having to work every day throughout the year is such a blessing as it allows me to spend time with my kids. But when actors are shooting a film, you work long hours -- practically every day. There were many times when I couldn't see my kids as much as I wanted, due to the film's demands.

I can remember having dreams about my children growing up at lightning speed. One minute, they were my sweet little boys. And the next, they were all grown up. It was like I missed all the milestones throughout their life that made me feel guilty for leaving them. I had to tell myself that as a mother, you always feel like you're going to miss out on something. But the truth of the matter is, it's okay if you aren't around your kids 24/7. They'll be okay.

I don't think you ever achieve "the perfect balance." You just do your best as a mom to love your children and provide for them.

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Speaking of motherhood, how has it changed your life?
I used to be pessimistic when thinking about humanity. It was so hard to see the good in the world, and any that was left. Having children changed that for me. They're such a blessing that brings so much purpose to life. It's made me want to be a better person, so I can be the best person for them.

What's the journey been like raising kids close in age?
It's been very interesting! Trying to raise one child is already hard enough. When there are two that are so close in age you just try to keep up. My 3- and 2-year-olds sometimes fight a bit, but you do your best to raise them in love and show them how great it is to have a sibling to play with. Raising children close in age has its challenges at times, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

What legacy would you like to leave for your little ones?
What a good question. I want to instill in my children integrity and being good people. To care for others and never to conform. I want them to have gentle spirits that are uplifting and inspire others to be better. I don't want them to hold back, or feel they need to be silent in order to fit in. I just want them to be good people, and make this world a better place than it is.

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All right, Megan. Let's have a little fun. The next series of questions is just meant to be fun and lighthearted. Don't think too much about them, and answer honestly. What's the most overused word in your house?
Are we talking about me or my kids?

Hmm, good question. Both.
AMAZING. I'm always saying, "That's amazing" to my kids. They're probably going to get tired of it (and me) at some point.

"That painting is amazing."

"Your outfit looks amazing."

"You are amazing."

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. My kids are going to get so tired of that word.

As for my kids, they both say "No!" alll the time. Ah, I love raising toddlers ... I really do.

What's one mommy confession fans would be shocked to know?
Hmm, I don't really know! Maybe that I'm notorious for walking around with breastmilk stains on my shirt. I feel like people always think I look a certain way when I really don't.

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Favorite thing to do on the weekends?
I love going to the parks and zoo with my kids. As much as I love animals -- and don't like them being in captivity -- we love going with the boys to the zoo whenever we can. It's really relaxing and gives us the chance to experience a little bit of wildlife up close.

 

 

 

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