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Megan Fox: 'My Sons Will Be Feminists'

Left to right: Stephen Amell plays Casey Jones, Will Arnett plays Vernon Fenwick and Megan Fox plays April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes
Photograph by Jessica Miglio

The words "sex symbol" and "mom" aren't exactly synonymous with each other. That might be because most moms aren't Megan Fox.

Fox, a mom of two boys (3-year-old Noah and 2-year-old Bodhi) and expecting her third child with husband Brian Austin Green, has graced the covers of Maxim, FHM and Rolling Stone. In 2011, she was called a "sex symbol of the highest order" by a Los Angeles Times journalist. However, after talking to her at a small roundtable to discuss the June 3 release of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows," in which she reprises her role as April O'Neil, what those magazines and journalists have overlooked is that Fox is actually very grounded, entirely much in love with her children and essentially a regular mom who tries to trick her kids into eating their veggies, just like the rest of us.

And yes, she is stunning.

Check out what Fox has to say about raising her boys as feminists, managing her time as a mom and a special mom hack she uses to ensure healthy eating.

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Do you see April as a role model for girls?

I do, in some ways. It’s hard, right? To have a really strong female character in a movie this size, and it’s geared toward kids, coming out in the summer. It’s not the usual time where movies make these big feminist statements. However, I do think that it’s nice to see a character who isn’t focused on getting a boyfriend, or falling in love, or anything like that. She’s more focused on her friendship with the turtles and helping them and following life's adventures.

As a mother of boys, how are you parenting so that your boys grow up to be enlightened men or feminists?

My sons will be feminists. First of all, their father is really respectful. He doesn’t objectify women and he’s not misogynistic or sexist at all. He’s not a leader of the feminist movement—however, he is in support of it, so he’s a positive role model for them. They’ll never watch their father figure act in a way or speak in a way that’s degrading towards women or reflects poorly back on women, especially not back on me.

As for me, I’m just really engaged with them, and I try to give them full access to ask any questions they want. I try to help them and teach them. I’m really open with them. I don’t want to keep anything off-limits to them. I don’t think it’s wrong to be a friend to your child. I think it’s more devastating to them if you try to rule over them, like a king or queen, and keep them “in line." I think that does more damage. I try to speak to them from a place of humility, and being humble as a parent, when I am ready to admit when I am wrong, or when I’ve made mistakes, or how I could’ve been better in a situation. I think the more respect a little boy has for his mother, obviously, the more respect he’ll have for women in general, because I am the filter for how he sees the rest of the world.

How do you manage your time now, as a mom of two (with one on the way) and a working actress?

It’s hard 'cause you always feel guilty when you leave them. Even if you’re with them 98 percent of the time, those couple of hours that you leave, you feel bad. For me, that’s never gone away. Noah will be 4 soon, and it’s not any easier. I don’t have any answers, I think that’s something women have been struggling with forever. I don’t know that there is an answer. You just have to give them the best of yourself when you’re available to them.

What kind of parent do you think you are now as you’re expecting your third child, compared to how you were with your first?

I am more patient than I was with the first one, because I was so afraid that something was gonna go wrong when Noah was a baby. I was constantly on edge and burst into tears if something happened. I’m still not good about watching them get hurt, but I’m a little more patient, a little more confident and a little more trusting in the universe to take care of them. I’m less controlling—not over them, but over the right to make every decision for them because I don’t trust anyone else to.

So now that you’re about to have your third baby, do you have any special mom hacks?

I don’t know how much of a hack this is, but I try to incorporate eating veggies into books that they love. Like, for broccoli, we always pretend that those are truffula trees from "The Lorax"! I find things that the food can represent from stories they’re familiar with. Or, they have a bearded dragon, so when it’s time to eat, they watch the bearded dragon eat. And then, when it’s time for them to eat, I pretend like we’re all bearded dragons. It makes eating more fun for them 'cause they get to mimic what they saw.

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