From a flesh-eating cheerleader (Jennifer’s Body) to an ass-kicking heroine (Transformers), Megan Fox has played many versions of the all-American fantasy. But her latest role, as ball-busting TV journalist April O’Neil in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, is the first time she’s gotten to live out one of her film fantasies. “When I was a kid, I was genuinely in love with the Turtles series and franchise,” she admits.
Having recently welcomed her second son, Bodhi, with husband Brian Austin Green (their first, Noah, turns 2 in September), the 28-year-old bombshell dishes on staying fit after baby, how motherhood has changed her, and ditching her trademark tattoos.
OK!: How intense was your childhood obsession with TMNT?
Megan Fox: I had a crush on Michelangelo! When you’re little, you do kind of have a crush on cartoon characters, as ridiculous as that sounds. Michelangelo was the comic relief, the one who never took anything too seriously — and now I can see that his personality echoed my father’s. I think I was taken with him for that reason.
OK!:Your character fights crime — but you were pregnant in real life!
MF: I got pregnant 10 days into making this movie. I was hormonal, so I was sensitive and everything made me cry. When you’re in your first trimester, all you want to do is lie in bed and watch movies — you definitely don’t want to make an action movie, climbing fences and screaming!
OK!: You gave birth to Bodhi just six months ago. How are you working to get your body back into shape?
MF: It’s just about eating differently. I don’t eat bread anymore, and I cry at night because of it…. But, seriously, I’m just eating a lot of proteins, fruits and vegetables. [Eating well] actually makes you more efficient as a mother. You’re able to expend more energy without being exhausted.
OK!: You’re known for your multiple tattoos. Is it true you’re over them?
MF: I want to get rid of a lot of them, because what makes sense to you when you’re 18 doesn’t make sense when you’re 28 and have children. I don’t want a portrait of Marilyn Monroe on my arm anymore. It’s not significant to me, it doesn’t represent where I’m going in my life.
OK!: Has having kids changed you?
MF: Yeah, it’s made me so much more aware. You start asking all these questions — what is the purpose of this soul, and why did he choose me to be his mother? — that you didn’t when you were younger, because they just weren’t important to you. The only thing [I’m worried about] now is making sure my children are safe and happy. That’s my biggest fear, every moment of every day.
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