Megan Fox is of French, Irish and Cherokee descent. She was born as Megan Denise Fox in Rockwood, Tennessee, on May 16, 1986, to Macey Tonachio, former tourism director, and Frank Fox. She grew up in a very poor household1 and has one older sister. Ever since childhood, she has aspired to become an actress and started taking drama and dance lessons in Kingston, Tennessee, at the age of 5 and thrived2 from the very beginning. Despite a move to St. Petersburg, Florida, when she was 10, Megan’s parents did not let their youngest daughter forgo3 her talent, and so the future actress continued taking her dancing and acting lessons while finishing her high school studies at the same time.
By the young age of thirteen, her dancing led to modeling opportunities, and Megan Fox excelled4 in this new arena. In 1999, she won several awards at the American Modeling and Talent Convention in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. With this new credit, Megan Fox began venturing5 into acting, and after she moved to Los Angeles, a future career in showbiz looked probable6.
Megan Fox made her acting debut in 2001, appearing as the ‘spoiled7 heiress8 Brianna Wallace’ in the straight-to-video9 film Holiday in the Sun.
She then garnered10 a recurring11 role of Ione Starr in the low-key12 soap opera Ocean Ave (2002). Only days after she finished filming in Miami, Fox returned to Los Angeles where she was cast within the month as Cassandra Ridgeway in the TV series The Help. Unfortunately the show only ran13 for a few episodes but it certainly did not stop Megan Fox. She appeared in an episode of the Amanda Bynes’ series What I Like About You (2003).
In 2004 ‘the prettiest face in Hollywood’ appeared in a couple of movies and three television shows (Two and a Half Men, News To Me, Crimes of Fashion). Megan Fox joined the legion of female teens overtaking14 Hollywood as she went on to score a role of Carla Santini alongside another popular young actress Lindsay Lohan in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen.
Fox was also cast as Sydney Shanowski in Hope & Faith, a show which she was attached15 to between 2004 and 2006, appearing in a total of 29 episodes. She was nominated for a Young Artist Award for the role.
As Hollywood began to take notice16 of this budding17 star, Megan Fox started joining the ranks18 of her fellow female actresses by posing in photo spreads19, like her 2005 shoot for FHM. The following year, the magazine named her No. 68 on their 100 Sexiest Women of 2006 list. And in 2007, she continued her lasting relationship with the magazine by posing in another spread in their March issue.
Megan Fox’s biggest break20, however, came that same year when she was cast as the lead actress in the highly anticipated Transformers movie, finally becoming a major household name21.
“I’m Sam’s love interest throughout the film and I sort of get sucked into all of the action and become a little bit of an action hero myself”, Megan said of her role.
It is a possibility that Transformers will be turned into a trilogy.
Megan Fox’s star status continued to climb as she was cast in the 2008 film How To Lose Friends & Alienate People. Her increased presence in Hollywood (as well as those unbelievable22 eyes) definitely caught the attention of fans everywhere.
Megan Fox signed on to star in the 2008 movie Whore and the 2009 film Jennifer’s Body. She also has a second installment23 of Transformers to look forward to – Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
Besides her career as an actress and model, the multi-talented Fox has received training in piano, clarinet24, singing, swimming and gymnastics. In November 2006, she announced her engagement25 to longtime boyfriend and Beverly Hills 90210 star Brian Austin Green.
Armed with her striking26 looks and charismatic performances, Megan Fox is a star of tomorrow and fans can only expect many great things from her for many years to come. “I actually would like to do a very small film that’s character-driven27 that I can really work on that way, sort of prove my ability as an actress,” says Fox of her future plans.
1 household – семья
2 to thrive – преуспевать
3 to forgo – отказываться
4 to excel – отличаться, выделяться
5 to venture – отважиться
6 probable – вероятный
7 spoiled – испорченный
8 heiress – наследница
9 straight-to-video – кинофильм, который выпускается сразу на видео до или вместо его выхода на экраны
10 to garner – (зд.) получать
11 recurring – периодический
12 low-key – слабый, не производящий впечатления
13 to run – идти (о пьесе, фильме)
14 to overtake – овладевать
15 attached – прикреплённый
16 to take notice – замечать
17 budding – подающий надежды
18 to join the ranks – пополнять ряды
19 spread – разворот
20 break – перерыв
21 household name – общеизвестное имя
22 unbelievable – неправдоподобный
23 installment – очередная часть
24 clarinet – кларнет
25 engagement – обручение
26 striking – поразительный
27 character-driven – ориентированный на героя
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