The actress said if she could do-over her 20s she would've "dated all those little TikTok boys"
Megan Fox wishes she had more fun in her 20s.
The actress, 37, spoke about her new book of poetry, Pretty Boys Are Poisonous, during a wide-ranging conversation held at Racket NYC on Tuesday. During the audience questions portion of the event, one fan wondered what advice Fox would give to her 22-year-old self.
"I would have lived out my Leonardo DiCaprio phase," Fox joked, as the crowd laughed. The Transformers actress said she'd tell her younger self not to be so hung up on monogamy. "I'd have dated all those little TikTok boys," she joked.
On a more serious note, Fox noted that you can't change the past, and everything she went through got her to where she is today. She'd tell herself to give herself more "grace," she said, and not have so much negative self-talk.
Fox said she learned "I should be more kind to myself."
The actress, who was raised in the Pentecostal church, said she was a "goth" kid in school, "not the cool girl." So, when the "pretty label" was slapped onto her when she entered Hollywood, she "rejected" it. “I don’t see myself that way,” she said.
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Looking back at her early career, the Jennifer's Body star recalled "fighting" with film studios, the industry and the media in what felt like a “losing battle.” Confident in her "truth" and "integrity," Fox said she had to "trust that it will be equalized” at some point, and feels it eventually did.
“I did feel oftentimes very alone,” she said.
But, Fox also admitted she could have been more tactful on how she spoke out against misogyny at the time to get her point across.
“I was on the right side of the universe … [but] my delivery may not have been the best. … [Maybe] I could’ve been more effective had I delivered it in a better way," she said, also adding that she has "dark, not PR-approved humor."
The mom of three, who is engaged to musician Machine Gun Kelly, said that after working through past toxic patterns, she’s a “more deeply engaged parent now.” Fox added, “I’m more helpful to other people after I heal myself.”
Fox, who writes about toxic relationships in her new book of poetry, recently told Good Morning America that she was previously involved in abusive relationships with "very famous people" that were never made public.
"This is not an exposé that I wrote or a memoir. ... But throughout my life I have been in at least one physically abusive relationship and several psychologically very abusive relationships," she told GMA.
She added, "I have only been publicly connected to a few people, but I shared energy with, I guess we could say, who were horrific people. And also very famous — very famous — people. But no one knows that I was involved with those people."
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