The Jennifer’s Body actress, who shares her three sons with her , spoke to about the “horrendous, patriarchal, misogynistic hell that was Hollywood,” which seemed not to care when she expressed frustrations about her treatment.
In a recently resurfaced , the actress lamented about being sexualized onscreen when she was just 15. Instead of sympathy, the audience and host reacted with laughter — a “very dark” moment which Fox described as just “a microcosm of my whole life and whole interaction with Hollywood.”
Becoming a mother in 2012 allowed the star, who skyrocketed to fame with the Transformers franchise in 2007, to find renewed purpose — outside of the industry.
“That kind of saved me honestly,” Fox said of becoming a mom. “I needed an escape.”
The New Girl alum, who now stars in the new thriller Till Death, shared that raising her kids has helped her become a more introspective person.
“It’s fertile soil,” she explained. “It’s given me the ground that I needed to grow into something quite special.”
Fox isn’t the first actress to express how motherhood changed her perspective. In a 2020 interview with Romper, Jessica Alba — who founded The Honest Company after becoming a parent — shared that she after her first child, Honor, was born.
"My motivation was not like, ‘Am I ever going to get hired again?’ Frankly, I was at the top of my career," Alba told the outlet. "I couldn't go back to what I was doing before and be authentic. I just couldn't. I didn't care about it the same way."
While the L.A.'s Finest actress found a second passion in entrepreneurship, Fox told The Washington Post that she’s now ready for her renaissance in Hollywood — which, fortunately, is moving into a more positive direction when it comes to the treatment of women.
“I want to grow into myself as an actor,” Fox said. “I feel like I spent a lot of years not doing that because I sort of checked out from Hollywood. Now I’m ready to grow into myself.”
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